Nirupa Roy

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Nirupa Roy
Nirupa Roy.jpg
Roy in Do Bigha Zameen (1953)
Born
Kokila Kishorechandra Bulsara

(1931-01-04)4 January 1931
Died13 October 2004(2004-10-13) (aged 73)
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)Kamal Roy (m. 1946)
ChildrenYogesh, Kiran

Nirupa Roy (born Kokila Kishorechandra Bulsara; Gujarati: નિરુપા રોય; 4 January 1931 – 13 October 2004) was an Indian actress who appeared in Hindi films. Roy was mostly known for portraying character roles of the Indian mother. She played leading roles in her early films and started playing mother roles during the 1970s and 1980s. Her acting career spanned more than 50 years, and she acted in more than 275 films. She was referred to as the "Queen of Misery" in Hindi film circles.

Personal life[edit]

Nirupa Roy was born Kokila Kishorechandra Bulsara in Kalwada, Valsad, Gujarat. She married Kamal Roy when she was 15 and moved to Mumbai. They have two sons, Yogesh and Kiran. She changed her first name when she entered the film industry. She was very friendly with actress Shyama. She died after having a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on 13 October 2004 at the age of 73. She was regarded as the greatest Mother of all time in Bollywood. She was Gujarati and taught children Gujarati before she acted in films.

Career[edit]

Nirupa Roy in 1950 film Gadano Bel

In 1946, Roy and her husband responded to an advertisement in a Gujarati paper looking for actors. She was selected and started her acting career with the Gujarati film Ranakdevi. The same year she acted in her first Hindi film Amar Raj. One of her popular films was Do Bigha Zameen (1953). She largely played mythological characters in the films of the 1940s and 50s. Her image of a goddess was very strong and people would visit her home and seek her blessings. Among her co-stars were Trilok Kapoor (with whom she played in eighteen movies)[1]), Bharat Bhushan, Balraj Sahni, and Ashok Kumar.

In the 1970s, her role as mother to the characters played by Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor made her name synonymous to the impoverished suffering mother. Her role in Deewaar (1975) and its dialogues with reference to a mother and son are used as clichés.

Awards[edit]

  1. Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
    2004
  2. Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
    1956 Munimji – Malti
    1962 Chhaya – Manorama/Aayah
    1965 Shehnai – Shobha
  3. Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Supporting Actress Award – Won
    1961 Chhaya – Manorama/Aayah

Filmography[2][edit]

year film notes
1946 Ranakdevi Gujarati
1946 Amar Raj
1947 Bhanwar
1947 Meerabai
1947 Lakhon Mein Ek
1948 Gunsundari
1948 Hip Hip Hurray
1948 Jai Hanuman
1948 Mitti Ke Khilone
1948 Satyavan Savitri
1949 Garibi
1949 Hamari Manzil
1949 Nanand Bhojai
1949 Uddhar
1950 Har Har Mahadev
1950 Man Ka Meet
1950 Veer Bhimsen
1950 Alakh Niranjan
1951 Bade Bhaiyya
1951 Dasavtaar
1951 Ishwar Bhakti
1951 Jai Mahakali
1951 Kashmir
1951 Lav Kush
1951 Maya Machindra
1951 Nai Zindagi
1951 Ram Janma
1951 Shri Ganesh Janma
1952 Bhakta Puran
1952 Izzat
1952 Rajrani Damayanti
1952 Shiv Shakti
1952 Sindbad Jahazi
1952 Veer Arjun
1953 Do Bigha Zamin
1954 Aulad
1954 Aurat Teri Yehi Kahaani
1954 Bilwamangal
1954 Chakradhari
1954 Durga Puja
1954 Hukumat
1954 Paheli Tarikh
1954 Shiv Kanya
1954 Shiv Ratri
1954 Watan
1955 Bhagwat Mahima
1955 Garam Coat
1955 Mahasati Savitri
1955 Munimji
1955 Navratri
1955 Oonchi Haveli
1955 Raj Durbar
1955 Sati Madalasa
1955 Shri Ganesh Vivah
1955 Teen Bhai
1955 Tonga-wali
1955 Waman Avatar
1956 Amarsingh Rathaver
1956 Bajrang Bali
1956 Basant Panchami
1956 Dashehra
1956 Gauri Puja
1956 Lalkaar
1956 Ram Navami
1956 Sati Naag Kanya
1956 Taksaal
1957 Chandi Puja
1957 Do Roti
1957 Ek Gaon Ki Kahani
1957 Janam Janam Ke Phere
1957 Krishna Sudama
1957 Laxmi Pooja
1957 Mohini
1957 Musafir
1957 Naag Lok
1957 Naag Mani
1957 Narsi Bhagat
1957 Ram Hanuman Yuddha
1957 Rani Rupmati
1957 Sant Raghu
1957 Shesh Naag
1958 Chaalbaaz
1958 Dulhan
1958 Karigar
1958 Naag Champa
1958 Pati Parmeshwar
1958 Raj Pratigya
1958 Ram Bhakta Vibishan
1958 Samrat Chandragupt
1959 Baazigar
1959 Bedard Zamana Kya Jaane
1959 Charnon Ki Dasi
1959 Daaka
1959 Dr. Z
1959 Heera Moti
1959 Kangan
1959 Kavi Kalidas
1959 Pakshiraj
1960 Aanchal
1960 Ghar Ki Laaj
1960 Lal Qila
1960 Maya Machhendra
1960 Superman
1960 Veer Durgadas
1961 Apsara
1961 Chhaya
1961 Dharmputra
1961 Jai Chittor
1961 Razia Sultana
1962 Aalha Udal
1962 Bezubaan
1962 Bijli Chamke Jamna Paar
1962 Maa Beta
1963 Chandrasekhar Azad
1963 Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya
1963 Mujhe Jeene Do
1963 Grahasti
1964 Benazir
1964 Bhakta Dhruvakumar
1964 Hameer Hath
1964 Shehnai
1964 Phoolon Ki Sej
1965 Chand Aur Suraj
1965 Shaheed
1965 Shree Ram Bharat Milap
1967 Ram Aur Shyam
1967 Jaal
1968 Aabroo
1968 Ek Kali Muskai
1968 Raja Aur Runk
1969 Anjaana
1969 Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool
1969 Pyar Ka Mausam
1969 Rahgir
1970 Abhinetri
1970 Maa Aur Mamta
1970 Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani
1970 Maharaja
1970 Purab Aur Paschim
1971 Ganga Tera Pani Amrit
1972 Jawani Diwani
1973 Kuchhe Dhaage
1974 Badla
1975 Deewaar
1976 Maa
1977 Amar Akbar Anthony
1977 Anurodh
1979 Suhaag
1982 Teesri Aankh
1983 Betaab
1985 Sarfarosh
1985 Geraftaar
1985 Mard
1986 Angaaray
1988 Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswati
1988 Inteqam
1993 Aasoo Bane Angaarey
1999 Jahan Tum Le Chalo
1999 Lal Baadshah

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rishi, Tilak (2012). Bless You Bollywood!: A Tribute to Hindi Cinema on Completing 100 Years. Trafford. p. 100. ISBN 9781466939639.
  2. ^ Rajoo. "Nirupa Roy". Imdb. Missing or empty |url= (help)

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