Shashikala

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Shashikala
Born Shashikala Jawalkar
1933 (age 81–82)
Solapur, Maharashtra, India
Other names Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal
Years active 1944–present
Spouse(s) Om Prakash Saigal

Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal (née Jawalkar; Marathi: शशिकला; born 1933), better known by her first name, is an Indian film and television actress, who has played supporting roles in over 100 Bollywood films.

Early years[edit]

Shashikala was one of six children born in Solapur, Maharashtra to a well-to-do Marathi-speaking Jawalkar family. By age 5, she had already been dancing, singing, and acting on stage in many towns in Solapur district. When Shashikala was in her pre-teens, through ill luck, her father became bankrupt, and he brought his family to Bombay (now Mumbai) where they thought that Shashikala, the best-looking and most-talented among his children, could find work in movies. For some time, the family lived with friends and barely survived, while Shashikala wandered from one studio to another looking for work. She earned in bits and pieces till she met Noor Jehan, the reigning screen queen.

Noor Jehan's husband, Shaukat, was making a movie Zeenat then, and included Shashikala in a qawwali scene. She received 25 rupees for her role. She struggled on and got small roles in movies made by P. N. Arora, Amiya Chakravarti, and a few other producers. She got roles in V. Shantaram's Teen Batti Char Raasta (1953) and a few other movies. While in her early twenties, Shashikala met and married Om Prakash Saigal, who belonged to the Kundan Lal Saigal family, and had two daughters.[1]

Acclaimed supporting roles[edit]

In 1959 she appeared in Bimal Roy's Sujata. In Tarachand Barjatya's Arati (1962), starring Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar, and Pradeep Kumar, Shashikala portrayed a negative role, eventually winning a Filmfare Award. Soon after, offers began to pour in to her for supporting roles. She appeared in Jangalee, Anupama, Phool Aur Patthar, Ayi Milan Ki Bela, Gumrah, Waqt, and Khubsoorat. While her female lead costars usually played roles of good-natured, modest, or pious women, Shashikala usually played either flighty and feisty bubbly women or vamps who plotted the downfall of others. Later in her acting career, she would typically play the role of a sister or mother-in-law. She performed in supporting roles in more than 100 films.

Recent acting roles[edit]

In the past ten years, she has performed in a few television serials, including Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai for Sony, Apnaapan for Zee TV, Dil Deke Dekho for Star Plus and Son Pari for Star Plus. She had roles in Mother ‘98, Pardesi Babu, Baadshah, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Chori Chori.

Awards[edit]

Shashikala has received eight nominations for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and won the award twice:

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Padmashree Laloo Prasad Yadav (2005) (as Sasikala) .... South African Witness
  • Rakht (2004) (as Shasikala) .... Dhristi's Grandmother
  • Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) .... Grandma Malhotra
  • Chori Chori (2003) .... Chachi
  • Jhankaar Beats (2003) .... Shanti's mother
  • Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham ... (2001)
  • Baadshah (1999) .... Baadshah's Mother
  • Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge! (1998) .... Mrs. Malhotra
  • Lahoo Ke Do Rang (1997) .... Chachi
  • Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya (1997)
  • Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1988) .... Mrs, . Dhanraj
  • Main Tere Liye (1988) .... Anjana Saxena
  • Dadagiri (1987) .... Shanti B. Singh
  • Mera Karam Mera Dharam (1987) .... Mrs. Taraknath
  • Arjun (1985) .... Mrs. Rukhmini Malvankar
  • Tawaif (1985) (as Shashi Kala) .... Bilquis Bai
  • Ram Tera Desh (1984) .... Kanta Saxena
  • Souten (1983) (as Shashi Kala) .... Renu Prannath Pasha
  • Anokha Bandhan (1982) .... Annapurna's mom
  • Teri Maang Sitaron Se Bhar Doon (1982) .... Anand's Mother
  • Samraat (1982) .... Ranbir's mom
  • Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya (1982)
  • Ahista Ahista (1981) .... Subbalaxmi
  • Biwi O Biwi (1981) (as Shashi Kala) .... Nirmala
  • Rocky (1981) .... Sophia
  • Kranti (1981) .... Charumati (Shakti's Adopted Mother)
  • Jyothi (1981) .... Sunanda (Niranjan's mom)
  • Khubsoorat (1980) .... Mrs. Gupta
  • Phir Wohi Raat (1980) .... Aunty
  • Saajan Mere Main Saajan Ki (1980)
  • Swayamvar (1980) .... Jwala
  • Yeh Kaisa Insaf? (1980) .... Shanta Nath
  • Sargam (1979) .... Savitri Pradhan
  • Hamara Sansar (1978)
  • Amaanat (1977) .... Sonia
  • Dildaar (1977) (as Shashi Kala) .... Lata's mom
  • Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye (1977) (as Sashikala) .... Ms. Saxena
  • Swami (1977) .... Ghanshyam's step-mother
  • Chhote Sarkar (1974)
  • Naag Panchami (1972) .... Mahadevi Mansa
  • Chhoti Bahu (1971) .... Paro
  • Jawan Muhabat (1971) (as Shashi Kala) .... Mala Das
  • Woh Din Yaad Karo (1971)
  • Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1970) .... Jamuna
  • Humjoli (1970) .... Shyama Rai
  • Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (1970)
  • Rahgir (1969)
  • Shatranj (1969) .... Suzie
  • Tamanna (1969)
  • Aabroo (1968) as Shanta
  • Neel Kamal (1968) .... Chanchal
  • Teen Bahuraniyan (1968) .... Sheela Devi
  • Chhoti Si Mulaqat (1967) .... Sonia
  • Mehrban (1967) .... Devki
  • Anupama (1966) .... Anita Bakshi 'Annie'
  • Daadi Maa (1966) .... Ganga
  • Devar (1966)
  • Do Dilon Ki Dastaan (1966)
  • Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966) .... Ms. Paul
  • Pati Patni (1966) .... Lali
  • Phool Aur Patthar (1966) .... Rita
  • Pyar Mohabbat (1966) .... Mohini
  • Waqt (1965) .... Rani sahiba
  • Bedaag (1965) .... Lata
  • Himalay Ki God Mein (1965) (as Shashi Kala) .... Dr. Neeta Verma
  • Neela Aakash (1965)
  • Teesra Kaun (1965)
  • Aap Ki Parchhaiyan (1964) .... Rekha
  • Apne Huye Paraye (1964) .... Lata
  • Mera Qasoor Kya Hai (1964)
  • Punar Milan (1964) .... Shobhna Bakshi
  • Godaan (1963)
  • Gumrah (1963) .... Leela/Miss Roberts
  • Hamrahi (1963) .... Hemalata 'Hema'
  • Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke (1963) .... Asha
  • Aarti (1962) .... Jaswanti
  • Anpadh (1962) .... Basanti
  • Hariyali Aur Rasta (1962) .... Rita
  • Naag Devata (1962)
  • Batwara (1961)
  • Junglee (1961) (as Shashi Kala) .... Mala
  • Jo Huwa So Bhool Jao (1960)
  • Kanoon (1960)
  • Lal Batti (1957)
  • Nau Do Gyarah (1957) .... Neeta
  • Arab Ka Saudagar (1956)
  • Bandhan (1956)
  • Bhagambhag (1956)
  • Diwali Ki Raat (1956)
  • Patrani (1956) .... Namunjala
  • Abe Hayat (1955)
  • Bahu (1955)
  • Samaj (1954) (as Sashikala)
  • Sangam (1954)
  • Chacha Chowdhury (1953)
  • Jeewan Jyoti (1953) .... Leela
  • Teen Batti Char Raasta (1953) .... Lalita (Maratha wife)
  • Surang (1953) ....Pagli
  • Arzoo (1950) .... Kamla
  • Bombay (1949)
  • Doli (1947) (as Sashikala)
  • Jugnu (1947)
  • Karodpati (1936)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vimla Patil (7 March 1999). "Peace that surpasseth understanding". The Tribune. p. Sunday Reading. 
  2. ^ 27th Annual BFJA Awards at the Wayback Machine (archived February 21, 2008)
    33rd Annual BFJA Awards at the Wayback Machine (archived February 21, 2008)
  3. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Turn it up, folks - DNA". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 

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