Mukta Barve

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Mukta Barve
Mukta Barve at trailer launch of MPM 2.jpg
Mukta Barve at trailer launch of MPM 2
Born Mukta Barve
(1979-05-17) 17 May 1979 (age 37)
Chinchwad, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years active 2000–present
Known for Jogwa[1]
Mukta Barve Signature.jpg

Mukta Barve (pronounced [mʊkt̪aː bərʋeː]; born 17 May 1979; Marathi: About this sound pronunciation ) is an Indian television, film and theatre actress and a producer. One of the most popular Marathi celebrities, she has established a career in Marathi films. She is a recipient of six Maharashtra State Film Awards one for Best Debut and other five for Best Actress in different plays and films.

In 1999, she made her debut to Marathi television with the show Ghadlay Bighadlay. She made her debut to Marathi theatre with Aamhala Vegle Vhayache (2001), a Marathi play. In 2002, she debuted into Marathi films with Chakwa . Her work was appreciated in the films Thang (2006), Maati Maay (2007), Sawar Re (2007), Saas Bahu Aur Sensex (2008), Sumbaran (2009) and Ek Daav Dhobi Pachhad (2009). The 2009 film, Jogwa became a turning point in her career, giving her back to back hit films: Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai (2010), Aaghaat (2009), Badam Rani Gulam Chor (2012), Lagna Pahave Karun (2013), Mangalashtak Once More (2013), Double Seat (2015) and Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai 2 (2015). The shows Agnihotra (2009-2010) and Eka Lagnachi Dusri Goshta (2012) are an important part of her television career. In her theatre career, Final Draft (2005), Dehbhaan (2005), Kabaddi Kabaddi (2008) and Chhapa Kata (2013) are some of her famous plays. In 2015, she became a part of three successful films which include Highway, Double Seat and Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai 2. In 2016, she appeared in two Marathi films YZ and Ganvesh.

Barve also owns a production house named Rasika Productions under which she has produced the plays: Chhapa Kata, Lovebirds (2015) and Indira (2015), a theatre based poetry programme, Rang Nava in which she presents some poetries of her own and some of others. Currently, she is acting and producing a play named CodeMantra (2016) under the banner of Rasika Productions.

Life and family[edit]

Mukta Barve was born on 17 May 1979 at Chinchwad, a small suburb near Pune, Maharashtra, India.[2] Her father worked at a telecom company and her mother was a school teacher.[2] She also has a brother, Debu Barve who is a commercial artist.[3][4] In her school, she participated in many plays.[1] After completing her Standard 10, Barve decided to take up acting as her profession.[1] Barve completed her 11 and 12 standard from Sir Parshurambhau College, Pune.[1] Later she graduated from Savitribai Phule Pune University in the subject theatre and earned a bachelor's degree with Drama from Lalit Kala Kendra.[1][5] Barve has admitted to being socially awkward as a child, and did not have many friends.[1] Later she moved to Mumbai to focus completely on her acting career and stayed at a girls hostel in Kurla.[6][7]

Acting career[edit]

1999-2007: Television, film and theatre debut[edit]

Barve with Priya Bapat at Aika Dajiba music launch

Barve had her first acting role in the play Ghar Tighancha Hava just after completing her school.[7] Later when she moved to Mumbai, she got her first commercial play, Suyog's Aamhala Vegle Vhayache in 2001.[7] She made her debut to Marathi television in 1998 with the TV series Ghadlay Bighadlay in which she played the character named Champa in rural style.[7] She later played small roles in TV series such as Pimpalpan (1998), Bandhan (1998), Buwa Aala (1999), Chitta Chor (1999), Me Ek Bandu (1999), Abhalmaya (1999), Shriyut Gangadhar Tipre (2001) and Indradhanush (2003).[8] In 2004, she made her debut to the Marathi film industry with the film Chakwa , for which she received the Maharashtra State Film Awards for Most Promising Newcomer of the year.[9] In 2005, Barve played a cameo role in Amol Palekar's bilingual film Thang and also worked in commercial plays Dehbhaan and Final Draft.[9][10] In Final Draft she played the role of a student who is unable to grasp what the professor teaches at the academy.[11] For Dehbhaan she received the awards of Most Promising Newcomer of the year and Best Supporting Actress of the year at the Alpha Gaurav Puraskar 2005 and for Final Draft, Barve was honoured with the awards of Best Actress in the Experimental Theatre of the year at Alpha Gaurav Puraskar 2005, Best Actress in Commercial Play of the year at Maharashtra Times Awards 2006 and Best Actress in Commercial Play of the year at Zee Gaurav Puraskar 2008.[9]

Barve next played cameo roles in the films Shevri (2006), Blind Game (2006) and Maati Maay (2006).[9] In 2006, Barve worked in a Marathi TV series Agnishikha in which she played the title role.[1] Also in the same year, she did a commercial play Hum To Tere Aashiq Hain in which she played the role of a Muslim girl, Ruksana Saahil who falls for a Hindu guy Anil Pradhan (played by Jitendra Joshi) and gets married to him.[12] For her work in the play, she received the Maharashtra State Film Award for Best Actress in a Commercial Play.[9] Barve's next release was Sawar Re (2007) in which she played the role of Mukta.[9] Barve's next commercial play was Jitendra Patil’s debut play Kabaddi Kabaddi in which she played the role of a girl who wants to be a Kabaddi champion like her ostracised uncle, but her father (played by Vinay Apte) wants her to settle down like his other daughters in the United States.[13] For her work in the play Kabaddi Kabaddi she was awarded with the award for Best Actress in a Commercial Play at the Zee Gaurav Puraskar (2008), Maharashtra Times Awards (2007) and Maharashtra State Film Awards (2007).[9]

2008-2011: Jogwa and success[edit]

Barve with costar Swwapnil Joshi at premiere of Marathi film Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai

In 2008, Barve made a special appearance in the film De Dhakka and played a cameo role of Parimal Bhosle in the Hindi film Saas Bahu Aur Sensex.[9][14] Saas Bahu Aur Sensex grossed 2.7 million (US$42,000) domestically.[15] In 2009, Barve featured in the Ashok Saraf's producer debut Ek Daav Dhobi Pachhad (2009), a comedy romance in the role of Sulakshana, who has feelings for her father's enemy's son and lies to her father that she is pregnant in order to visit the U.S.[16][17][18] Her next appearance was in Gajendra Ahire's film Sumbaran (2009) in which she played a Dhangar girl named Kalyani.[19] Barve's final appearance of 2010 was opposite Upendra Limaye in the National Award winning film Jogwa, dealing with religious superstitions in rural India.[20] She played Suli, a Jogtin, a happy and innocent girl who is forced into a lifetime of servitude to the local deity, who enters a relationship with Tayappa, a forced eunuch.[21] To prepare for the role, Barve studied the life of a Jogtin through photographs and by observing day-to-day rural behaviour.[20] For this portrayal Barve won the awards for Best Actress at Maharashtra State Film Awards (2009) and at Marathi International Film and Theatre Awards (2010).[9] In 2009, Barve was honoured by the Sangeet Natak Akademi with the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for achievement in Marathi theatre.[22]

Barve's next release was the Bollywood film Thanks Maa (2010), she played a cameo role of Lakshmi- the prostitute.[23] Taran Adarsh of entertainment portal of Bollywood Hungama wrote of her performance, "Mukta Barve; effective".[24] Thanks Maa grossed 1.1 million (US$17,000) domestically.[25] In 2010, Barve also starred in Satish Rajwade's romantic film Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai opposite Swwapnil Joshi.[26] Her character was of a girl based from Mumbai, going to Pune and lands up meeting Joshi's character.[26] The chemistry between Barve and Swwapnil Joshi was compared with that of Bollywood's actors Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan.[27] Her next appearance was in the TV show Agnihotra (2010) in which she played Manjula Shripad Agnihotri.[18] Her next release was Aika Dajiba (2010) where she played the role of Sharu, a girl who falls for a Gujarati grocer's son in the village.[28] Barve next featured in Vikram Gokhale's directorial debut, Aaghaat (2010) as Dr. Smita Deshmukh. For this Barve won the award for Best Actress at the Pune International Film Festival (2011).[29][30] In 2010, she also played the role of Adv. Meera Patwardhan in the TV show Lajja alongside Girija Oak and Piyush Ranade.[31] At the Raja Paranjape Film Festival 2011, she was honoured with the Tarunai Sanmaan Award for her contribution to the Marathi film industry.[32] In 2011, she featured in an episodic of the Marathi show Madhu Ethe Ani Chandra Tithe opposite Swwapnil Joshi. In the episodic she played the role of Gauri, a village bell who is married to a city boy Siddhanth (played by Swwapnil Joshi).[33]

2012-2014: ELDG and other films[edit]

Barve's next appearance was opposite Swwapnil Joshi in Satish Rajwade's TV show Eka Lagnachi Dusri Goshta (popularly known as ELDG) (2012).[34] She portrayed the character of Radha Desai an artist working in an ad agency who does contract marriage with Joshi's character due to parental pressure.[18] Her portrayal was highly appreciated by the audiences.[35] The show received great applause and high TRPs because of the love story between the protagonists - Radha and Ghanashyam.[36] In 2012, Barve worked in Satish Rajwade's Badam Rani Gulam Chor , an adaptation of the Marathi play Makadachya Hati Champagne alongside Upendra Limaye, Pushkar Shrotri and Anand Ingale.[37] This film was Barve's second venture with actor Upendra Limaye after Jogwa.[37] Barve played the role of Pencil in the film, her character was named according to its characteristics.[37] The Times Of India wrote of her performance, "Mukta Barve (Pencil) have done a fantastic job. Mukta has shown 'Pencil's' bold attitude flawlessly".[38] In 2012, Barve also featured in the film, Gola Berij , an adaptation of the Marathi book with the same title.[39] She played a cameo role of Nandini Chaubal in the film.[40] The film also had a cast of senior actors like Prashant Damle, Mohan Agashe, Subodh Bhave to name a few.[39]

In 2013, Barve visited Toronto for the show of her critically acclaimed play Final Draft along with her co-star Girish Joshi.[41] In 2013, Barve worked in two back to back hit films becoming one of the top performers of the year.[42] In 2013, Barve worked in her self produced commercial play Chhapa Kata alongside Reema Lagoo, later Lagoo was replaced by Neena Kulkarni.[43] Barve played the role of Maitreyi Bhagwat, who runs a boutique to support the family, lives a life where she has suppressed all her desires to be able to take care of her mother[44] For the play Chhapa Kata, Barve won the awards for Best Play at Deenanath Mangeshkar Awards (2014) and the awards for Best Play and Best Actress at Sanskruti Kaladarpan Awards (2014).[45][46] Ajay Naik's directorial debut, a romantic musical love story, Lagna Pahave Karun was Barve's next film release. Co-starring Umesh Kamat, Siddharth Chandekar and Tejashree Pradhan Ketkar,[47] Barve was catsed as Aditi Tilak, a wedding planner who wants to start her own marriage bureau.[48] Indian Nerve reviewed her performance as: "Performance wise, Mukta as a strong and determined Aditi who is scared of failing is the best character of them all. She pulled off the role very aptly."[49] Her next appearance in 2013, was opposite Swwapnil Joshi and alongside Sai Tamhankar and Kadambari Kadam in Renu Desai's Mangalashtak Once More .[50] She played the character Aarti Pathak, romantic, shy girl who surrenders to love.[51] The Times Of India reviewed her performance as "Mukta too excels with her comic timing and dialogue delivery".[52] In 2014, she acted in a Konkani film, Gunaaji in the role of a shephard alongside Upendra Limaye.[53] In 2014, she also acted in a short film, Shot directed by Ratnakar Matkari.[54]

2015-present: Double Seat and beyond[edit]

Barve with Satish Rajwade (center) and Swwapnil Joshi at MPM 2 Trailer Launch

In 2015, she worked opposite Ankush Choudhary in Sameer Vidwans' Double Seat.[55] Barve was cast as Manjiri Naik, an insurance agent and a straightforward, middle-class Maharashtrian girl.[56][57] The Times Of India reviewed her performance as "Mukta, who too makes a return after two years, is brilliant as ever as the strong-willed, caring and accommodative wife".[58] For her work in the film she bagged the awards for Best Actress at Maharashtracha Favourite Kon 2015 and at Zee Chitra Gaurav 2016.[59][60] Barve also bagged the most prestigious Maharashtra State Film Award for Best Actress in 2016, she received a nomination for Best Actress award at Sanskruti Kala Darpan 2016 and she also bagged the award for Best Actress in a Lead Role at Marathi Filmfare Awards 2016 for her work in Double Seat.[61][62][63] Barve's next release was Amit Trivedi's road drama film, Highway, alongside many actors where she played the role of a sex worker.[64][65] Her next appearance was in her self produced commercial play Lovebirds in which she played a character with many grey shades who is a housewife, Devika.[66] Her final release of 2015 was Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai 2 was the sequel of the hit film Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai, in which she reprised her role from the first part, Gauri Deshpande a bad tempered and confused girl to be dealt with.[67] For her work in Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai 2, Barve received positive reviews from the critics as well as the viewers.[68][69] For her work in the film she earned a nomination for the award of Best Actress in a Lead Role at Marathi Filmfare Awards 2016.[70] In 2016, she was honoured with the Lokmat Maharashtrian Of The Year Award in Theatre category for her work in Marathi theatre.[71] In July 2016, she was honoured with the Chaturastra Abhinetri Award at Nilu Phule Sanman 2016.[72] In 2016, Barve appeared in Atul Jagdale's Ganvesh co-starring Kishor Kadam, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Smita Tambe, Guru Thakur and many more in which she played the role of a tough police inspector, Meera Patil who is torn between following her duty to respect the khaki uniform and following her seniors' orders.[69] The Times Of India wrote of her performance in Ganvesh, "Barve (who is an absolute pleasure to watch) delivers her usual balanced performance.[73] In 2016, she acted in and produced a play titled Codemantra, an engaging courtroom drama set up against the background of the Indian Army under the banner of Rasika Productions.[74] In this play Barve played the role of Ahilya Deshmukh, a military law expert.[75] In mid 2016, Barve featured in Sameer Vidwans' YZ alongside Sai Tamhankar and others.[76] The Times Of India wrote of her performance in the film as " In a small role too, Mukta drives the point home with her expressions."[77] In November 2016, she was honoured with the Tarunai Sanman Puraskar at Pulotsav 2016.[78] As of December 2016, Barve has signed Vikram Phadnis' directorial debut film, Hrudayantar which is set to release in 2017.[79]

Production and other work[edit]

In the same year 2010, Barve hosted Amhi Marathi Pora Hushar, a game show.[31] In 2012, Barve hosted Zee Gaurav Puraskar alongside Swwapnil Joshi.[80] In 2012, she also became the brand ambassador of Suyog Group along with Swwapnil Joshi.[81] In 2013, Barve turned producer with her own production house named after her friend Rasika Joshi.[82] In 2014, Barve produced a poetry based theatre program, Rang Nava with composer Milind Joshi, in the program Barve also recited her own written poetries.[83] Along with Rang Nava she has also produced two plays Chhapa Kata and Lovebirds in which she has also acted.[84] On 7 December 2014, the first death anniversary of Vinay Apte, Barve wrote an article reviving memories of Apte for the Marathi daily newspaper, Loksatta.[85] In 2014, she performed a scene from her play Kabaddi Kabaddi in the TV special program Vinay Ek Vadal.[86] In 2015, she became a judge for 9X Jhakaas' Jhakaas Heroine (season 2).[87] In 2015, she produced one more play, Indira under Rasika Productions, her production house.[88] In 2015, Barve along with some other actors took initiative in an expedition, "Pakshi Vachva" started by the NGO Animals Matter To Me for the protection of birds.[89] Barve has written a poetry named "Shodh" which was published by Loksatta on 8 February 2016.[90] Barve recently inaugurated a special two days seminar Badalta Maharashtra organised by the Marathi daily Loksatta International Women Day, 8 March 2016.[91] She also shared her thoughts about the importance of women in Maharashtra in the special segment Karti Karviti of the same seminar inaugurated by her.[92] Due to the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes in India, theatre enthusiasts were not able to pay for and watch shows as the new notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 2000 had just started to print. As a producer, Barve installed credit card and online payment systems for her theatre shows.[93] In October 2016, Barve produced a yet another Marathi play, Deepsthamb under the banner of Rasika Productions and in association with Anamika Productions.[94]


Note: Unless otherwise noted, below works are in Marathi language.


Year Film Role Notes Ref(s)
2004 Chakwa Chhaya Debut film [31]
2005 Thang Unnamed Bilingual film [31]
2006 Shevri Unnamed Cameo appearance [95]
Blind Game Detective Supporting role [31]
Maati Maay Yashoda Supporting role [31]
2007 Sawar Re Mukta Supporting role [31]
2008 De Dhakka Unnamed Dancer in a song [31]
Saas Bahu Aur Sensex Parimal G. Bhosle Cameo appearance, Hindi film [14]
2009 Ek Daav Dhobi Pachhad Sulakshana Supporting role [31]
Sumbaran Kalyani (Kalli) Supporting role [19]
Jogwa Suli Lead role [96]
2010 Thanks Maa Lakshmi - the prostitute Cameo appearance, Hindi film [23]
Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai Mumbai Lead role [31]
Aika Dajiba Sharu Supporting role [97]
Aaghaat Dr. Smita Deshmukh PIFF award [30]
2012 Badam Rani Gulam Chor Pencil Lead role [37]
Gola Berij Nandini Chaubal Supporting role [98]
2013 Lagna Pahave Karun Aditi Tilak Lead role [48]
Mangalashtak Once More Aarti Pathak Lead role [99]
2014 Gunaaji Shepherd Lead role, Konkani film [53]
Shot Shruti Short film [54]
2015 Double Seat Manjiri Naik Lead role [100]
Highway Sex worker Supporting role [101]
Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai 2 Gauri Ashok Deshpande Lead role [102]
2016 Ganvesh Inspector Meera Patil Lead role [103]
2016 YZ Sayali Supporting role [76]
2017 Hrudayantar Film has yet to be released TBA Filming [79]


Year Show Role Notes Ref(s)
1998 Ghadlay Bighadlay Champa Debut Show [31]
Pimpal Paan Supporting role [31]
Bandhan Supporting role [31]
1999 Buwa Aale Supporting role [31]
Chitta Chor Supporting role [31]
Me Ek Bandu Supporting role [31]
Abhalmaya Varsha Nimkar Supporting role [31]
2001 Shriyut Gangadhar Tipre Yogita Supporting role [31]
2003 Indradhanush Supporting role [31]
2006 Agnishikha Kalika Lead role [31]
2010-11 Agnihotra Manjula Shripad Agnihotri Lead role [104]
2010 Amhi Marathi Pora Hushar Host Game show [31]
2011 Lajja Adv. Meera Patwardhan Supporting role [104]
Madhu Ethe Ani Chandra Tithe Gauri Episodic role [33]
2012 Zee Gaurav Puraskar Host TV special [80]
Eka Lagnachi Dusri Goshta Radha Desai Kale Lead role [34]
2014 Vinay Ek Vadal Performer TV special [105]
2015 Jhakaas Heroine (season 2) Judge Reality show [87]


Year Play Role Notes Ref(s)
1996 Ghar Tighancha Asava Debut play [106]
2001 Aamhala Vegle Vhayache Supporting role [106]
2005 Dehbhaan Supporting role [107]
Final Draft Student Lead role [11]
2006 Hum To Tere Aashiq Hain Ruksana Saahil Lead role [108]
2008 Kabaddi Kabaddi Purva Lead role [13]
2013 Chhapa Kata Maitreyi Bhagwat Lead role and producer [109]
2014 Rang Nava N/A Poetry based theatre program, Producer [110]
2015 Lovebirds Devika Lead role and producer [111]
Indira N/A Producer [88]
2016 Codemantra Ahilya Deshmukh Lead role and Producer [75]
2016 Deepsthamb N/A Producer [94]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards from popular organisations
Year Work Award Category Result
2003 Dehbhaan Alpha Gaurav Awards Best Newcomer Won[112]
Best Supporting Actress Won[112]
2005 Final Draft Best Actress in an Experimental Play Won[112]
Chakwa Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Debut Won[113]
2006 Hum To Tere Aashiq Hain Best Actress in a Commercial Play Won[112]
Final Draft Maharashtra Times Sanman Awards Won[112]
Zee Gaurav Puraskar Won[112]
2007 Sanskruti Kaladarpan Awards Won[114]
Maharashtra State Film Awards Won[114]
Maharashtra Times Sanman Awards Won[114]
Kabaddi Kabaddi Won[112]
Maharashtra State Film Awards Won[112]
2008 Zee Gaurav Puraskar Won[115]
2009 Jogwa Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Actress Won[116]
2010 Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai Marathi International Film and Theatre Awards Won[117]
Pune International Film Festival Won
2011 Maharashtracha Favourite Kon Nominated[118]
Aaghaat Pune International Film Festival Won[112]
2014 Lagna Pahave Karun Screen Marathi Awards Best Actress Nominated[119]
Chhapa Kata Deenanath Mangeshkar Awards Mohan Wagh Puraskar (along with Dinu Pednekar) Won[46]
Sanskruti Kaladarpan Awards Best Play Won[120]
Best Actress Won[45]
Mangalashtak Once More Maharashtracha Favourite Kon Nominated[121]
2015 Double Seat Won[59]
2016 Zee Chitra Gaurav Won[60]
Sanskruti Kala Darpan Nominated[61]
Maharashtra State Film Awards Won[122]
Marathi Filmfare Awards Won[63]
Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai 2 Marathi Filmfare Awards Nominated[70]
Maharashtracha Favorite Kon Pending[123]
Other awards and recognitions
Year Work Award/Organisation Category Result
2009 N/A Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Won[22]
2011 Raja Paranjape Festival Awards Tarunai Sanman Award Won[32]
2012 Ad Fizz Special Achievement Award Won[124]
2014 IBN-Lokmat Udyachi Prerna Award (Natak and Cinema) Won[125]
2016 Maharashtra One Savitri Sanman (Cinema) Won[126]
Chhapa Kata Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year Awards Theatre Won[71]
N/A Nilu Phule Sanman 2016 Intelligent actress of the year Won[72]
N/A Pu La Awards Tarunai Sanman Puraskar Won[78]


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