Ratna Pathak

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Ratna Pathak Shah
Ratna Pathak at premiere of LWS at Mami 2016 with KSS (05) (cropped).jpg
Ratna Pathak at premiere of LWS at Mami 2016
Born (1957-08-07) 7 August 1957 (age 61)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
Residence India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983-present
Home town India
Spouse(s) Naseeruddin Shah (1982–present)
Children Imaad Shah
Vivaan Shah
Relatives Supriya Pathak (Sister)
Zameerud-din Shah (Brother-in-law)
Pankaj Kapur (Brother-in-law)
Heeba Shah (Step-Daughter)
Sanah Kapur (Niece)
Ruhaan Kapur (Nephew)
Awards See below

Ratna Pathak (born 07 August 1957) is an Indian actress and director best known for her work in theatre, television and Bollywood films. Her numerous 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.

However, she is most known for her portrayal of Maya Sarabhai in the critically acclaimed Sarabhai vs Sarabhai TV serial. She also portrayed supporting roles in movies including the romantic drama Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008), the action comedy Golmaal 3 (2010), the romantic comedy Ek Mai Aur Ekk Tu (2012), the comedy-dramas Khoobsurat (2014) and Kapoor and Sons (2016), followed by the widely acclaimed black-comedy Lipstick Under My Burkha (2017) for which she was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She married acclaimed theatre and Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah in 1982.

Early life[edit]

Ratna Pathak Shah is a Gujarati Hindu.[1] She was born on 18 March 1957 in Mumbai, India to Baldev Pathak and actress Dina Pathak. She is the elder sister of actress Supriya Pathak.[2]

Pathak is an alumna of the J. B. Vachha High School, Dadar Mumbai and the 1981 batch[3] of the National School of Drama, Delhi.[4]


As well as appearing in many successful films, including Mirch Masala, Ratna Pathak appeared as the wife in The Perfect Murder.[5]

She also acted in the hit comedy sitcom Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, for which she received the ITA Award for Best Actress - Comedy in 2005.

In July 2008 she appeared in the successful film 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 successful film Golmaal 3 opposite Mithun Chakraborty. She was a part of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Selecting Committee for 2012 Awards.

Personal life[edit]

Ratna Pathak with husband Naseeruddin Shah, 2012

Ratna Pathak is married to Naseeruddin Shah. They have two sons Imaad Shah and Vivaan Shah. Naseeruddin Shah has a daughter, Heeba Shah, from his first marriage.[6]



Year Film Role Language
1983 Mandi Malti Hindi
1983 Heat and Dust Ritu English
1987 Mirch Masala Factory Worker Hindi
1988 The Perfect Murder Pratima Ghote English
1995 Mr. Ahmed Amma English
2002 Encounter: The Killing Mrs. Sudhakar Rao Hindi
2005 Paheli Female Puppet (voice) Hindi
2006 Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota Tara Hindi
2008 Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na Savitri Rathore Hindi
2009 Aladin Marjina Hindi
2010 Golmaal 3 Geeta Hindi
2011 The Coffin Maker Isabella English
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Mrs. Kapoor Hindi
2014 Khoobsurat Queen Nirmala Devi Rathore Hindi
2016 Kapoor & Sons Sunita Kapoor Hindi
2016 Nil Battey Sannata Dr. Deewan Hindi
2017 Lipstick Under My Burkha Usha/Bua-ji Hindi
2017 Mubarakan Jeeto Hindi
2018 Love per Square Foot Blossom D'souza Hindi


Year (s) Show Character Channel Notes
1985 Idhar Udhar Sunita DD National
1995 Filmi Chakkar Rukmani Zee TV
1993-1997 Tara Kanchan Zee TV
1997 Movers & Shakers Herself Sony TV Guest appearance
1997-1998 Idhar Udhar (season 2) Sunita Sony TV
1999 Gubbare Ms. Gupta Zee TV Episode 6: Jhooth
2000 Apna Apna Style Suman Zee TV Lead Role
2004-2006 Sarabhai vs Sarabhai Maya Sarabhai STAR One Lead Role
2012 The Late Night Show Jitna Rangeen Utna Sangeen Herself Colors TV Guest appearance
2017 Sarabhai vs Sarabhai: Take 2 Maya Sarabhai Web series on Hotstar Lead Role


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 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female Nominated [7]
Producers Guild Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2017 Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [8]
Stardust Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [9]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [10]
News18 Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [11]
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female Nominated [12]
Nil Battey Sannata Nominated
Lipstick Under My Burkha London Asian Film Festival Standout Performance Won [13]
Ottawa Indian Film Awards,Canada Best Achievement in Acting Award Won [14]
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Best Actress Nominated [15]
2018 Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female Nominated [16]
Films of India Online Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated [17]
Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast Nominated
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [18]
News18 Movie Awards Best Actress Won [19][20]


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  2. ^ "rediff.com, Movies: A tribute to Dina Pathak as she turns 80". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  3. ^ http://nsd.gov.in/delhi/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/NSD-GRADUATES1.pdf
  4. ^ Dhingra, Deepali (19 July 2012). "Ratna Pathak goes behind the camera". Mid Day. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  5. ^ "The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) - 7days -". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Lipstick Under My Burkha actor Ratna Pathak Shah shares a moment in time from when she dated Naseeruddin Shah". The Indian Express. 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  7. ^ "'Dabangg' bags maximum nominations for Zee Cine Awards 2011". Zee News. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2017 Nominations | 62nd Filmfare Awards 2017". filmfare.com. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  9. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (2016-12-19). "Nominations for Stardust Awards 2016 - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  10. ^ "18th IIFA Awards 2017: List Of Nominations". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  11. ^ "Movie Awards 2017: News18 Movie Awards 2017 Nominees, Latest New". News18. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  12. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2017 complete winners list: Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan bag top honours". The Indian Express. 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  13. ^ "The Cultural Cow That Refuses To Certify A Golden Globe Eligible Film". WMF. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  14. ^ "Cine Katta - Ratna Pathak Shah wins her second Acting Award for Lipstick Under My Burkha". www.cinekatta.in. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  15. ^ "IFFM 2017 nominations announced; Dangal, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion vie for Best Film honour". Firstpost. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  16. ^ "2018 Archives - Zee Cine Awards". Zee Cine Awards. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  17. ^ "FOI Online Awards". FOI Online Awards. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  18. ^ "Nominations for the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018". filmfare.com. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  19. ^ "Reel Movie Behind The Scenes Awards 2018 |Best Cinematography, Sound, Art / Production Design, Editing, Music, Screenplay, Dialogues". News18. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  20. ^ "'Newton' & 'Mukti Bhawan' Win Big at the REEL Movie Awards". The Quint. Retrieved 2018-03-21.

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