Sulochana at the Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Awards, 2010
30 July 1928
Sulochana Latkar (born in 30 July 1928, at Khadaklat village of Chikodi taluk and Belgaum District in Karnataka), Mostly known by her screen name Sulochana, is a well-known actress of Marathi and Hindi cinema and has acted in 50 films in Marathi and around 250 films in Hindi. She is most known for her performances in Marathi films such as Vahinichya Bangdya(1953), Meeth Bhakar and Dhakti Jau in the lead roles, as well as for the mother roles she played in Hindi cinema right from 1959 film Dil Dekhe Dekho to the year 1995. She and Nirupa Roy epitomized the "mother" roles right from 1959 until the early 1990s.
Sulochana made her debut in films in 1946. She was often paired opposite Nazir Hussain and Ashok Kumar throughout her career in Hindi films. She quoted in an interview that she loved playing mother to three actors - Sunil Dutt, Dev Anand and Rajesh Khanna. She often played mother or as close relative in Hindi films with Sunil Dutt as the leading man such as in Heera, Jhoola, Ek Phool Char Kante, Sujatha, Mehrbaan (1967), Chirag, Bhai Bahen (1969), Reshma Aur Shera, Umar Qaid, Muqabla, Jaani Dushman and Badle Ki Aag. She was a regular in films with Dev Anand in the lead roles, where either Dev Anand was her son or relative and some of their films together were Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai, Pyar Mohabbat, Duniya (1968), Jhonny Mera Naam, Amir Garib, Warrant and Joshila. Since 1969, she often played an on-screen close relative to the character played by Rajesh Khanna and some of their famous films included Bahraon Ke Sapne, Doli, Kati Patang, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Dil Daulat Duniya, Prem Nagar, Aakraman, Bhola Bhala, Tyaag, Aashiq Hoon Baharaon Ka and Adhikar (1986). Her other best known films include Nai Roshni (1967), Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Aaye Milan Ki Bela, Ab Dilli Dur Nahin, Majboor, Gora Aur Kala, Devar, Bandini, Kahani Kismat Ki, Talaash (1969) and Azaad (1978).
In 2003, she was awarded the Chitrabhushan Award instituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Baburao Painter, one of the founders of the modern Marathi cinema.
Latkar is a recipient of the civilian honour of Padma Shri (1999). She was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. In 2009, she was awarded the Maharashtra Bhushan Award by the Government of Maharashtra.
|1957||Ab Dilli Dur Nahin||Bela||Hindi|
|1959||Sangte Aika||Sakharam's wife||Marathi|
|1959||Dil Deke Dekho||Jamuna||Hindi|
|1964||Maratha Tituka Melvava||Jijabai||Marathi|
|1965||Johar-Mehmood in Goa||Mother Superior Mary||Hindi|
|1966||Devar||Shakuntala M. Singh||Hindi|
|1967||Nai Roshni||Prakash's mother||Hindi|
|1970||Kati Patang||Mrs. Dinanath||Hindi|
|1970||Johny Mera Naam||Sohan and Mohan's mother||Hindi|
|1970||Main Sunder Hoon||Sunder's mother||Hindi|
|1972||Dil Daulat Duniya||Guest Appearance||Hindi|
|1973||Kahani Kismat Ki||Mrs Sharma||Hindi|
|1978||Muqaddar Ka Sikandar||Vishal's mother||Hindi|
|1983||Zara Si Zindagi||Rakesh's mother||Hindi|
|1984||Sasu Varchadh Jawai||Ashok Saraf's mother||Marathi|
|1986||Kala Dhanda Goray Log||Hindi|
- "Sulochana wins top cine award". Times of India. 4 June 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Changing face of Bollywood screen mothers".
- "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
- Nitsure-Joshi, Manisha (30 Nov 2009). "हा तर माझ्या घरचा आहेर!". Mumbai: Maharashtra Times. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- "Actress Sulochana's 72nd birthday". 11 Aug 2000.
Kashinath Ghanekar (Son-in-law Married to Sulochana's daughter Kanchan)
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