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17 October 1941
Pune, Bombay Presidency, British India
|Other names||Godavari Thakkar|
Sarita Joshi (née Bhosle) (born 17 October 1941) is an Indian stage, television and film actress, and is a veteran actress of Gujarati theatre and Marathi theatre and also Marathi cinema. She is best known for her role as Godavari Thakkar in the hit Star Plus TV series Baa Bahoo Aur Baby.
Sarita was born in a middle class Marathi family in Pune, though she grew up in Vadodara. Her father, Bhimrao Bhosle, was a barrister and mother, Kamlabai Rane, was from Goa. She began acting on stage at the age of nine along with her sister Padmarani, due financial problems that her family found itself in. Though she started with traditional theatre, she soon started working with noted artists like Shanta Apte. She is often confused with her sister, Padmarani, who is also a renowned and famous actress.
After working as child actor for six years, Joshi got her first lead role at age 16. She went to act with Indian National Theatre, and it was here that she met her future husband Pravin Joshi. She made television debut in the 1980s, with the TV series, Titliyan (Butterflies), directed by Nadira Babbar, followed by numerous series in the 90s, including, Hasratein.
She is best known for portraying a tough yet fair matriarch in the household hit serial Baa Bahoo Aur Baby, which stopped on 28 March 2009 for a temporary seasonal break, but was renewed on popular demand. In 2009, Joshi played in the serial Kuchh Kook Hota Hai as Rani on 9X. Joshi played Asha Parekh's friend in the movie Kanyadaan in 1968 and also appeared in the song "Mil Gaye Milgaye Aaj Mere Sanam" from the same film. Joshi played Vijayanthimala's friend in the movie Pyar Hi Pyar in 1969. She also portrayed Abhishek Bachchan's mother in Guru, directed by filmmaker Mani Ratnam. She also played a central character in the 2008 movie Dasvidaniya. Joshi then travelled to the United States that year to be part of the crossover film, Bollywood Beats, starring alongside Lilette Dubey and Pooja Kumar, in a film directed by Mehul Shah. Out of all the mediums, she holds a special corner for theatre and stage performances. She claims that the joy of performing on stage is any time better than anything else and that theatre will always be her first love.
She stars in Star Plus' Chand Chupa Badal Mein, which is produced by Rajan Shahi as the caring, confident grandmother of female lead Nivedita, played by Neha Sargam. Her film Gangoobai has been released in theatres in January 2013 in which she plays the protagonist. She also played the character of the biological mother of Gopikishan Vaishnav, played by Gaurav Khanna in Sony's Byaah Hamari Bahoo Ka. She appeared in Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi in 2015 and she was also seen playing the character of Lalita Swamy "Amma" in Sab TV's serial Khidki. she played the character of Bakula in the serial Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot and also played the character of Champa Kaki in Khichdi Returns.
She played the character of Subhadra in the serial Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka on supporting role the Protagonist is now playing.
Joshi was married to theatre director and playwright Praveen Joshi. She is the mother of actresses Ketki Dave, who played the role of Daksha in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and of Purbi Joshi, who appears on Comedy Circus as a host. Her niece is Manasi Joshi Roy and nephew is actor Sharman Joshi, children of theatre veteran Arvind Joshi.
|1993||Hasratein||Shanta Ben||Zee TV|
|1999-2002||Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka.||Sumitra(Rashmi's Mother)||Sony TV|
|2000||CID||Suhasini Khandra (2 Episodes)||Sony TV|
|2005-2010||Baa Bahoo Aur Baby||Godavari Thakkar||Star Plus|
|2009||Kuch Kook Hota Hai||Rani||9X|
|2010-2011||Chand Chupa Badal Mein||Naintara Sharma||Star Plus|
|2012||Byaah Hamari Bahoo Ka||Tuljabai Dolkar||Sony TV|
|2013||Adaalat||Kavita (Episode Appearances)||Sony TV|
|2013||Bh Se Bhade||Kalyani Joshi||Zee TV|
|2014-2016||Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi||Hansa Govardhandas Parekh||Colors|
|2016||Khidki||Lalita Swami / Gomati||Sab TV|
|2017||Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot||Bakula||&TV|
|2017||Ayushman Bhava||Payal||Star Bharat|
|2018||Khichdi Returns||Champa Kaki (Guest)||Star Plus|
|2018||Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka||Subhadra||Colors|
|1988||Main Zinda Hoon||Hindi|
|1992||Karm Yodha||Mrs. Dasgupta||Hindi|
|2006||Darna Zaroori Hai||Satish's Mother||Hindi|
|2014||Singham Returns||Mrs. Jadhav||Hindi|
|2016||Samuel Street||Sarita Joshi (Guest)||English|
|1977||Santu Rangeeli||Santu Mistri||Gujarati||2005||Avsar Aavine Ubho Aangane||Gujarati|
In 1988, she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting in Gujarati. for the character of santu from a gujarati play Santu Rangeeli. In 2007, for her role as Godavari Thakkar in Baa Bahoo Aur Baby, she was awarded a Best Actress in a Drama award by the IDEA Indian Television Academy Awards.
Other awards include:
- Lifetime Achievement Award for Gujarati Theatre in 2007 by Transmedia (Organization felicitating artist on Gujarati Theatre & TV)
- 'Favorite Actor' for Baa Bahoo Aur Baby by Star Parivar continuously for 4 years.
- Mumbai Nagar Palika – Gold Medal
- Marathi Natya Parishad – 1988
- Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar – 1990
- Bank of India- Utkrushta Puraskar – 1997–98
- Indo-American Society Award for Excellence – 1998
- Gujarat Government Award – 1998
- Bruhad Mumbai Gujarati Samaj – 2000
- National School of Drama – (Delhi 2001)
- RAPA Award – 2008
- Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar – 2010
- "Theatre - Acting (Language Theatre-wise) - Gujarati". Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
- "All in the family". Indian Today. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Baa, beti aur baby". MiD DAY. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Twining". Screen. 22 March 2002. Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
- "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012.