Ratna Pathak Shah

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Ratna Pathak Shah
Ratna Pathak at DIFF 2016.jpg
Ratna Pathak at DIFF
Born (1957-03-18) 18 March 1957 (age 66)[1][2]
Years active1983–present
(m. 1982)
ChildrenImaad Shah
Vivaan Shah
RelativesSupriya Pathak (sister)
Pankaj Kapur (brother-in-law)
AwardsSee below

Ratna Pathak Shah (born 18 March 1957[1][2]) is an Indian actress and director known for her work in Hindi theatre, television, and films. Her extensive work in theatre includes a series of plays in both English and Hindi. She rose to prominence when she appeared in the hit TV serial Idhar Udhar in the 1980s.[3]

She garnered widespread recognition and acclaim with her portrayal of Maya Sarabhai, a snobbish socialite in the cult sitcom Sarabhai vs Sarabhai (2004–2006). Her other prominent roles include the coming-of-age romantic comedy Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008), the action comedy Golmaal 3 (2010), the family comedy-drama Kapoor & Sons (2016), and the black-comedy Lipstick Under My Burkha (2017), all of which earned her nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also received critical acclaim for her performances in the romantic comedies Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012) and Khoobsurat (2014). Her performance in Amazon Prime Video's anthology film Unpaused (2020) earned her a nomination for the Filmfare OTT Award for Best Actress.

Daughter of actress Dina Pathak, she married actor Naseeruddin Shah in 1982, with whom she has two sons. Her sister is actress Supriya Pathak, who is married to actor Pankaj Kapur.

Early life[edit]

Ratna Pathak Shah is a Gujarati Hindu.[4] She was born on 18 March 1957 in Mumbai, India to Baldev Pathak and actress Dina Pathak. She is the sister of actress Supriya Pathak.[1][5]

Pathak is an alumna of the J. B. Vachha High School, Dadar, Mumbai and the 1981 batch[6] of the National School of Drama, Delhi.[7]


As well as appearing in many successful films, including Mirch Masala, Ratna Pathak appeared as the wife in The Perfect Murder.[8]

She also acted in the cult sitcom Sarabhai vs Sarabhai where she played Maya Sarabhai, a high society socialite, for which she received the ITA Award for Best Actress – Comedy in 2005.

In July 2008 she appeared in the coming-of-age romantic comedy Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na as the mother of the protagonist. Naseeruddin Shah played her husband, as a deceased character who talks to her from a portrait. She has also acted in several Russian plays, as well as co-founding and being an active member of "Motley Theatre Group". She appeared in the action comedy Golmaal 3 opposite Mithun Chakraborty. She was a part of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Selection Committee for 2012 Awards. Ratna Pathak Shah, who has appeared in many successful Hindi films, will come first time in a Gujarati movie “Kutch Express Gujarati Movie”.

Personal life[edit]

Ratna Pathak with husband Naseeruddin Shah, 2012

Ratna Pathak married Naseeruddin Shah in 1982. They have two sons Imaad Shah and Vivaan Shah. Naseeruddin Shah has a daughter, Heeba Shah, from his first marriage.[1][9]



Year Film Role Notes
1983 Mandi Malti Devi Debut
1987 Mirch Masala Pallavi
2002 Encounter Sudha Rao
2005 Paheli Voiceover
2006 Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota Tara Shankarnarayanan
2008 Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na Savitri Rathod Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009 Aladin Marjina
2010 Golmaal 3 Geeta Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Seema Kapoor
2014 Khoobsurat Nirmala Devi
2016 Kapoor & Sons Sunita Kapoor Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2016 Nil Battey Sannata Dr. Reena Deewan
2017 Lipstick Under My Burkha Usha Makhija Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2017 Mubarakan Arshveer/Jeeto Kaur Bajwa [10]
2018 Love per Square Foot Blossom D'Souza
2020 Thappad Sandhya
Unpaused Uma Raja Maheshwari OTT film
Nominated—Filmfare OTT Award for Best Actress
2021 Hum Do Hamare Do Deepti Kashyap Hotstar film
2022 Attack Shanti Shergill [11]
Jayeshbhai Jordaar Jashoda [12]
2023 Happy Family: Conditions Apply Hemlata Mansukhlal Dholakia [13]


Year Film Role
1983 Heat and Dust Ritu Verma[14]
1988 The Perfect Murder Pratima Ghote
1995 Mr. Ahmed Amma
2011 The Coffin Maker Isabella


Year Film Role Note
2023 Kutch Express (film) Baiji Debut


Year (s) Show Character Notes
1985–1998 Idhar Udhar Sunita
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj Lakshmibai Episode 42-43 1857
1993–1995 Filmi Chakkar Rukmani
1993–1997 Tara Kanchan
1996 Mast Mast Hai Zindagi Kalpana
1997 Movers & Shakers Herself Guest appearance
1999 Gubbare Ms. Gupta Episode 6: Jhooth
2000 Apna Apna Style Suman
2004–2006 Sarabhai vs Sarabhai Maya Sarabhai
2012 The Late Night Show Jitna Rangeen Utna Sangeen Herself Guest appearance
2017 Sarabhai vs Sarabhai: Take 2 Maya Sarabhai
2018 Selection Day Nellie
2023 Trial By Fire Mrs. Bedi


Television Awards
Year Show Award Category Result Ref.
2005 Sarabhai vs Sarabhai Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Comic Role Won
2006 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress Comedy Nominated
Film Awards
Year Film Award Category Result Ref.
2009 Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2011 Golmaal 3 Nominated
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female Nominated [15]
Producers Guild Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2017 Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) Nominated [16]
Stardust Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [17]
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [18]
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female Nominated [19]
Nil Battey Sannata Nominated
Lipstick Under My Burkha London Asian Film Festival Standout Performance Won [20]
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Best Actress Nominated [21]
2018 Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female Nominated [22]
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [23]
2021 Unpaused Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actress in a Web Original Film Nominated [24]


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