Jyoti Subhash

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Jyoti Subhash
ResidencePune, Maharashtra, India
ChildrenAmruta Subhash

Jyoti Subhash is an Indian actress who works in Marathi film, television and theatre industry. She is best known for her works in Marathi films like Valu (2008), Gabhricha Paus (2009) and Bollywood films like Phoonk (2008) and Aiyyaa (2012).


Jyoti Subhash started her career through theatre and then moving to television and films. She was recognised in her early works of television. Aired on Doordarshan, she featured in the telefilms Rukmavati Ki Haveli (1991) and Zazeere (1992). Directed by Govind Nihalani, the 1991 show Rukmavati Ki Haveli was based on the Spanish play The House of Bernarda Alba, which was written by Federico García Lorca. A story of a new-widow, Rukmavati, raising her five unwed daughters in her haveli in Rajasthan, was shot on 16 mm film and was later blown up to 35 mm.[1] Recently in 2009, the film was shown in a special session by National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai.[2] In 1999, she translated the Marathi play Raste, originally written by Govind Purushottam Deshpande into Hindi as Raaste. The Hindi play was directed by Arvind Gaur and Satyadev Dubey.[3][4] She played various supporting roles of elder women in the family in films like Dahavi Fha, Devrai, Aamhi Asu Ladke, Shubhra Kahi and more.

In 2004, she was seen in an Urdu play Jis Lahore Naee Dekhya, a story based in the partition era of India. Subhash played an aged Hindu woman left behind in Lahore while her family migrates to India. Her haveli is then occupied by a Muslim family who at first are hostile to her, but later on accept her into their family.[5]

In 2006, she acted in the Marathi movie Nital, directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhthankar. Neena Kulkarni was a co-actress. The lead character was played by Devika Daftardar. The film was produced by Dr. Maya Tulpule, owner and founder of Sahawas Hospital and president of Shweta Association, a Vitiligo self help support group. The film showcased the story of a girl having vitiligo and social stigma around it.

"Umesh and I complement each other but if you ask about our lucky mascot then it has to be Jyoti Subhash. It is essential for both of us that Jyotiji be a part of our film."[6]
— Actor Girish Kulkarni, who has costarred with Subhash in many films.

Directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni and with an ensemble cast, Valu (2008) was a comedy film where she played Sakhubai. The film also starred Girish Kulkarni in a major role, along with other actors like Atul Kulkarni, Mohan Agashe, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Nirmiti Sawant and more. The script was written by Umesh and Girish Kulkarni. They together made their next film, Vihir, in 2010 where again Subhash was cast. She played a grandmother to two school going boys who come to their village in their holidays. Next year in 2011 the Kulkarni duo came up with the satirical film Deool, where again Subhash was included. Girish Kulkarni considers her to be their "lucky mascot". [6] She has also played Kulkarni's mother in Gabhricha Paus, where the plight of Vidarbhian farmers was depicted. In 2009, she played a mother worried about her daughter's marriage in the film Gandha. Directed by Sachin Kundalkar, the film had three different stories and Subhash played her real-life daughter, Amruta Subhash's mother. In 2012, the film was made in Hindi by Kundalkar as Aiyyaa, where she played the lead actresses's grandmother; a role which was not present in the original Marathi version. The lead role was played by Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji, while her mother was played by Nirmiti Sawant. Subhash's role was of comedy genre as a wheel-chair ridden grandmother and was considered delightful.[7]

In Masala (2012), she plays the supporting role of a wife of a businessman (played by Mohan Agashe), who helps the lead character played by Girish Kulkarni set up his new business.[8][9] Recently in 2013, she was part of the Marathi play Uney Purey Shahar Ek (or Boiled Beans on a Toast), originally written by Girish Karnad in Kannada as Benda Kaalu on Toast. Being story of a city, rather than of people, the play had cast of Radhika Apte, Vibhavari Deshpande, Anita Date, Ashwini Giri and more.[10][11][12]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Note: Unless otherwise noted, below works are in Marathi language.
Year Title Role Medium Notes
1991 Rukmavati Ki Haveli TV film Hindi language
1992 Zazeere TV film Hindi language
1997 Nazarana TV film Hindi language
1999 Raaste Play Writer of Hindi version
2002 Dahavi Fa Film
Adhantar Play
Ek Shunya Bajirao Play
2004 Devrai Film
2004 Shubhra Kahi Aai Film
2004 Jis Lahore Naee Dekhya Maaee Play Urdu language
2005 Aamhi Asu Ladke Film
2005 Pak Pak Pakaak Film
2006 Nital[13] Vasudha Film
2006 Badha Film
2008 Valu Sakhubai Film
2008 Mahasatta Film
2008 Phoonk Amma Film Hindi language
2009 Bokya Satbande Film
2009 Gabhricha Paus Film
2009 Gandha Veena's mother Film
2009 Swatantryachi Aishi Taishi Film
2009 Ekam Play Director of the play[14]
2010 Vihir Film
2011 Deool Kanta Film
2011 Dhoosar[15] Nurse Mary Film
2012 Baba Lagin Film
2012 Masala Film
2012 Aiyyaa Meenakshi's grandmother Film Hindi language
2012 Mokla Shwas[16][17]
2012 Samhita Film
2013 Uney Purey Shahar Ek Play
2013 Fandry Film
2016 Sairat Film
2017 Chi Va Chi Sau Ka Film
2018 Pad Man Film
2019 Gully Boy Film

Personal life[edit]

Her original name is Jyoti Subhashchandra Dhembre after marriage. Jyoti Subhash is mother of actress Amruta Subhash. They have acted together in many films (Aaji, Zoka, Gandha, Masala, Nital, Valu, Badha, Gully Boy, Vihir) and a play (Kalokhachya Leki). She says that being together in any creative process makes the bond stronger. She played Amruta's grandmother in Aaji and that of her mother in 2009 film Gandha. She also helped her while playing a 60-year-old woman in her film Kavadase.[18] His son-in-law Sandesh Kulkarni is a film director.


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  2. ^ "Roopantar – Adapting Theatre for Cinema". National Centre for the Performing Arts. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  3. ^ Dharwadker, Aparna Bhargava (2009). Theatres of Independence: Drama, Theory, and Urban Performance in India Since 1947. University of Iowa Press. p. 77. ISBN 9781587296420. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  4. ^ Subramanyam, Lakshmi (2002). Muffled Voices: Women in Modern Indian Theatre. Har-Anand Publications. p. 55. ISBN 8124108706.
  5. ^ Chandawarkar, Rahul (10 June 2004). "Play on Partition seeks Hindu-Muslim brotherhood". Times of India. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b Gayatri Deshmukh (14 July 2012). "The L factor in M-town". Times of India. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Critics verdict: Watch Aiyya just for Rani". Hindustan Times. New Delhi. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  8. ^ Shakti Salgaonkar (20 April 2012). "Review: Masala (Marathi)". Daily News and Analysis. Mumbai. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  9. ^ Deosthalee, Deepa. "Masala". Upper Stall. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  10. ^ Deshmukh, Gayatri (5 April 2013). "Anita Date shares why people don't recognise her". Times of India. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  11. ^ "NCPA Marathi Vishesh – Uney Purey Shahar Ek". National Centre for the Performing Arts. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  12. ^ Mishra, Garima (19 February 2013). "A Toast to City Life". Indian Express. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Nital – Cast". Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  14. ^ Kharade, Pallavi (25 August 2009). "'Theatre is an every day challenge'". Daily News and Analysis. Pune. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  15. ^ Dhole, Renu (4 August 2011). "Dhoosar: Looking through the haze". Sakal. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  16. ^ "Mokla Shwas". Times of India. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  17. ^ Nivas, Namita (29 June 2012). "Matter of concern". Indian Express. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  18. ^ Kharade, Pallavi. ""We understand what's going on in each other's minds"". Daily News and Analysis. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2013.

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