22 April 1929|
|Died||9 March 2000
Usha Kiran (22 April 1929 – 9 March 2000) was a Hindi and Marathi film actress. In a career spanning over four decades she acted in over 50 Hindi and Marathi films, notably Daag (1952), Patita (1953), Baadbaan (1954), Chupke Chupke (1975), Mili (1975) and Bawarchi (1972). She was also the Sheriff of Mumbai during 1996–97.
She began her acting career on stage with M.G. Rangnekar's Marathi play Ashirwad. She entered Hindi film industry with a small role in Uday Shankar's dance-drama film, Kalpana (1948). She went on to act in numerous popular Hindi films are Nazrana (1961), Daag (1952), and Baadbaan (1954), for which she won the very first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1955  Kabuliwala (1961), Patita (1953), Mili, Bawarchi (1972) and Chupke Chupke (1975).
Her famous Marathi films include, Shikleli Bayko, Jasach Tase, Postatli Mulgi, Dudh Bhakar, Stree Janma Hi Tuzi Kahani, Kanyadaan (for which she received the Maharashtra Government's award for best actress) Gariba Gharchi Lek, and Kanchanganga.
She starred opposite Hindi film actors like Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan.
Her father's name was Balkrishna Vishnu Marathe and mother's name was Radha. She was second amongst five daughters. She was married to Dr.Manohar Kher, who was Dean of LTMMG (Sion) hospital, Mumbai. They were the parents of two children, a son Advait Kher and a daughter, Tanvi Azmi. Usha Kiran's son Adwait is a former model, now settled in Nashik with his wife Uttara (who was Femina Miss India - 1982) and his two daughters Saunskruti Kher and Saiyami Kher. Usha Kiran's daughter Tanvi Azmi is a well known television and film actress, married to cinematographer Baba Azmi, brother of Shabana Azmi.
- Kalpana (1948)
- Maya Machhindra (1951)
- Madhosh (1951)
- Daag (1952)
- Patita (1953)
- Dost (1954)
- Baadbaan (1954)
- Anuraag (1956)
- Nazrana (1961)
- Kabuliwala (1961)
- Gehra Daag (1963)
- Bawarchi (1972)
- Mili (1975)
- Chupke Chupke (1975)
- "Actress Usha Kiran passes away at 71". The Indian Express. 10 March 2000.
- Mass media 2001. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Research, Reference, and Training Division. Government of India, 2001. ISBN 81-230-0942-9. p. 152.
- Awards IMDB.
- Filmography IMDB.
- Romancing Old Pieces Newblaze, 17 August 2009.
- THE DYNAMIC DYNASTIES: What would the world of films be without them? Screen, 22 September 2000.