Usha Kiran

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Usha Kiran
Born (1929-04-22)April 22, 1929
Died March 9, 2000(2000-03-09) (aged 70)
Occupation actor
Years active 1949–2000

Usha Kiran (22 April 1929 – 9 March 2000) was a Hindi and Marathi film actress. In a career spanning over four decades she acted in over 50 Hindi and Marathi films, notably Daag (1952), Patita (1953), Baadbaan (1954), Chupke Chupke (1975), Mili (1975) and Bawarchi (1972). She was also the Sheriff of Mumbai during 1996–97.[1]


She began her acting career on stage with M. G. Rangnekar's Marathi play Ashirwad.[2] She enter Hindi film industry with a small role in Uday Shankar's dance-drama film, Kalpana (1948). She went on to act in numerous popular Hindi films are Nazrana (1961), Daag (1952), and Baadbaan (1954), for which she won the very first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1955 [3] Kabuliwala (1961), Patita (1953), Mili, Bawarchi (1972) and Chupke Chupke

Daag 1952 (one of her most memorable performances)


Her famous Marathi films include, "Shikleli Bayko," "Jasach Tase", "Postatli Mulgi", "Dudh Bhakar", "Stree Janma Hi Tuzi Kahani", "Kanyadaan” (for which she received the Maharashtra

Government’s award for best actress) "Gariba Gharchi Lek," and "Kanchanganga" .

She starred opposite Hindi film actors like Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan.

She died in Nashik at the age of 70.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Her father's name was Balkrishna Vishnu Marathe and mother's name was Radha. She was second amongst 5 daughters. She was married to Dr. Manohar Kher, who was Dean of LTMMG (Sion) hospital, Mumbai, and very good bridge player. Her son Adwait Kher was a former model, now settled in Nashik with his wife Uttara Mhatre Kher, a Miss World representative after the Femina Miss India 1982, and two daughter, Saunskruti Kher and Saiyami Kher.[5] Her daughter, Tanvi Azmi is a well known television and film actress, married to cinematographer, Baba Azmi, brother of Shabana Azmi, thus connected with the The_Akhtar-Azmi_family.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Actress Usha Kiran passes away at 71". The Indian Express. March 10, 2000. 
  2. ^ Mass media 2001. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Research, Reference, and Training Division. Government of India, 2001. ISBN 81-230-0942-9. p. 152.
  3. ^ Awards IMDB.
  4. ^ Filmography IMDB.
  5. ^ Romancing Old Pieces Newblaze, August 17, 2009.
  6. ^ THE DYNAMIC DYNASTIES: What would the world of films be without them? Screen, September 22, 2000.

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