Padmini Kolhapure

Padmini Kolhapure (born 1 November 1965) is an Indian actress and singer, who works primarily in Hindi films. She began acting in 1972 at the age of 7, and her early works included Zindagi (1976) and Dream Girl (1977). She then made her official film debut with the film Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978), starring as Young Roopa. Kolhapure then became one of the most prominent actresses throughout the 1980s.

Padmini Kolhapure
Kolhapure in April 2017
Born (1965-11-01) 1 November 1965
OccupationActress, singer
Spouse(s)Pradeep Sharma (1986)
ChildrenPriyank Pradeep Sharma
RelativesSee Mangeshkar-Burman family

At the age of fifteen, Kolhapure won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the revenge drama Insaf Ka Tarazu (1980), and at the age of seventeen, won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the tragic romance Prem Rog (1982), thus becoming the second-youngest actress to win the awards in the respective categories. She was also nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in Souten (1983) and also received another nomination for a Filmfare Best Actress Award for Pyar Jhukta Nahin (1985).

Early life

Padmini Kolhapure was born second among the three daughters of Pandharinath Kolhapure, a professional musician, by his wife Nirupama Kolhapure. Her elder sister is the former actress Shivangi Kapoor, wife of actor Shakti Kapoor and mother of actress Shraddha Kapoor and actor Siddhanth Kapoor. Her younger sister is the actress Tejaswini Kolhapure.[1]

The family took the surname "Kolhapure" because they hailed from Kolhapur. Padmini's mother, Nirupama Kolhapure, was born into a Konkani-speaking Konkani Brahmin family belonging to Mangalore in Karnataka.[2] Padmini's father, Pandharinath Kolhapure, was a talented vocalist and Veena player. He was the son of Pandit Krishnarao Kolhapure (partner in Balvant Natak Academy along with Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar), an exponent of Natya Sangeet, who had enjoyed the patronage of the Baroda Durbar. Pandharinath's mother was the half-sister of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, and sister of Balwantrao Abhisheki, the father of vocalist Jitendra Abhisheki. Thus, Padmini is niece of legendary singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle.[3] Her mother formerly used to work as ground staff with Air India.[2]

While working for the film Aisa Pyar Kahan, Padmini met Pradeep Sharma, alias Tutu Sharma, who was the producer of the film. They were married after a brief courtship in 1986. They have a son named Priyank Sharma.[4]


As a child, she sang in the chorus for songs in films such as Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Kitab and Dushman Dost with her sister Shivangi. Padmini later sang for her own films such as Vidhaata, Daana Pani, Professor Ki Padosan Hum Intezaar Karenge and Sadak Chaap (with Kishore Kumar). She released an album with Bappi Lahiri titled Music Lovers. She performed for the Greater London Council at the Royal Albert Hall in London with Bappi Lahiri and his troupe in 1986.

Asha Bhosle suggested Padmini's name to Dev Anand, who then cast her in Ishq Ishq Ishq (1975). This led to other films, such as Dreamgirl (1978), Zindagi (1976), and Saajan Bina Suhagan (1978). She also gave a very commendable performance of a school girl inflicted by black magic in Gehrayee (1980).

Her mother quit her airlines job to be a full-time chaperone as Padmini picked up more roles. Her most famous child role was playing a child in Raj Kapoor's 1977 film Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Her success led to her most controversial role in Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1980), a remake of Lipstick (1976), where she played the rape victim that was originally played by Mariel Hemingway. She earned the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance. She graduated to heroine roles at the age of 15 in Nasir Hussain's Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai opposite Rishi Kapoor. The film flopped, but she reunited with Rishi for his father Raj Kapoor's film Prem Rog in 1982. The film earned her a Filmfare Best Actress Award. She earned a special acting award for Ahista Ahista.

Padmini was known for her professionalism and diligence. She even worked when she had fever on Do Dilon Ki Dastaan. She had more box office hits, such as Vidhaata (1982) and Souten (1983). She had a huge hit with Pyar Jhukta Nahin (1985) with Mithun Chakraborty, and they were paired together in several more films. She agreed to work with Anil Kapoor when he was a newcomer in his first film Woh Saat Din (1983). The movie was a hit and helped cement his name in the Indian film industry; Anil Kapoor attributes his eventual success in the film industry to her "luck".[5]


After her son grew up, she returned to acting in 2004, such as for the Marathi films Manthan and Chimnee Pakhar, which was a huge hit and earned her a Screen Award in the Best Marathi Actress category. She appeared in the 2006 horror film Eight Shani.[6][7]

She appeared in Mera Bachpan with Helen in 2008. She has also acted on stage in Kaash, followed by Abhi To Mein Jawan Hoon and Aasman Se Gire Khajoor Pe Atke,[8][9][10] with her brother-in-law Shakti Kapoor.

In 2011, she made her foray into Malayalam cinema with V. K. Prakash's Karmayogi, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet.[11][12] In 2013, she played Shahid Kapoor's mother in the comedy film Phata Poster Nikla Hero.

She was considered to play the role of Tulsi Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi after Smriti Irani left the project, but the role was ultimately played by Gautami Kapoor.

Selected filmography

Denotes films that have not yet been released
1974 Ek Khiladi Bawan Patte Child artist
1975 Ishq Ishq Ishq
1976 Zindagi Guddu N. Shukla
1977 Dream Girl Little orphan
1978 Saajan Bina Suhagan Bulbul Chopra
1978 Satyam Shivam Sundaram Young Rupa
1978 Hamara Sansar Asha
1980 Thodisi Bewafaii Meenu
1980 Gehrayee Uma
1980 Insaaf Ka Tarazu Arzu
1981 Dushman Dost (Unreleased)
1981 Ahista Ahista Chandra
1981 Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai Seema
1982 Prem Rog Manorama (Rama)
1982 Vidhaata Durga
1982 Star Parvati
1982 Khush Naseeb
1982 Swami Dada Chamkili
1983 Lovers Mary
1983 Mazdoor Meena D. Saxena / Meena A. Mathur
1983 Souten Radha
1983 Woh Saat Din Maya
1983 Bekaraar Sundari Gupta
1984 Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan Salma Mirza
1984 Naya Kadam Chanda
1984 Ek Nai Paheli Kajri
1984 Sheeshay Ka Ghar
1985 Pyaar Jhukta Nahin Preeti B. Pratap / Preeti A. Khanna
1985 Aaj Ka Daur Durga Agnihotri
1985 Rahi Badal Gaye Sangeeta
1985 Pyari Behna Mangla
1985 Insaaf Main Karoonga Pinky
1985 Bewafai Renu
1985 Patthar Dil Bindiya
1986 Anubhav Gauri
1986 Swarag Se Sunder Lalita Choudhury
1986 Aisa Pyaar Kahan Pooja
1986 Muddat Kalpana
1986 Kirayadar Jaya Abhyankar
1986 Pyar Kiya Hai Pyar Karenge Usha
1986 Preeti Preeti
1986 Suhaagan Jyoti
1987 Jhanjhaar Pushpa
1987 Pyar Ke Kabil Sangeeta A. Kapoor
1987 Dadagiri Barkha Singh
1987 Sadak Chhap Anju
1987 Hawalaat Geeta
1988 Hum Intezaar Karenge Manisha V. Anand
1988 Sagar Sangam Radha
1989 Dana Paani Chanda
1989 Touhean Sansani / Sandhya
1989 Daata Sona Dwarka Prasad
1990 Aag Ka Dariya
1991 Qurbani Rang Layegi Basanti
1993 Professor Ki Padosan Menaka Khanna
1999 Rockford As Producer
2003 Chimani Pakhar Marathi film
2005 Manthan Anjali Deshpande Marathi film
2005 Souten: The Other Woman Smita S. Singh
2006 Eight: The Power of Shani Radha S. Rai
2009 Bolo Raam Archana Kaushik
2012 Karmayogi Mankamma[13] Malayalam film
2012 Mai Madhu
2013 Phata Poster Nikla Hero Mrs. Rao
2013 Daughter
2013 Dhuaan
2015 Karbonn Gayatri
2015 Bachpan Ek Dhokha
2019 Panipat Gopika Bai [14]


June 2014 – August 2014 Ekk Nayi Pehchaan Pallavi Suresh Modi Sony TV [15]

Awards and nominations

Award Year Work Award Category Result
1981 Insaaf Ka Tarazu Filmfare Awards Best supporting actress Won
1982 Ahista Ahista Filmfare Awards Filmfare Special Performance Award Won
1983 Prem Rog Filmfare Awards Filmfare Best Actress Award Won
1984 Souten Filmfare Awards Best supporting actress Nominated
1986 Pyar Jhukta Nahin Filmfare Awards Filmfare Best Actress Award Nominated[16]

Other awards

  • 2003 Kalakar Award – Achiever Award[17]
  • 2006 Screen Best Actress Award for Chimnee Pakhre (Marathi)


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  2. If I had my way, I would have worked with Raj Kapoor all my life: Padmini Kolhapure Times of India 13 September 2013
  3. I feel bad about it: Pt. Pandharinath DNA 16 June 2009
  4. Starkid on the block: Priyank Sharma Archived 30 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine Hindustan Times 28 January 2013
  5. "SPICY REALITIES OF PADMINI KOLHAPURE". Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2009.
  6. Archived from the original on 22 September 2005. Retrieved 7 May 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. Archived from the original on 22 January 2005. Retrieved 7 May 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. Aasman se gire khajoor pe atke Sep 14 2012 002. 15 September 2012 via YouTube.
  10. Aasman Se Gire, Khajoor Pe Atke Sep 14 2012 001. 15 September 2012 via YouTube.
  11. "Padmini Kolhapure in V. K. Prakash's Karmayogi". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  12. Unni R. Nair. (11 March 2011). "Karmayogi: Hamlet retold" Archived 10 September 2012 at Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  13. Karmayogi film in Wiki
  14. "Padmini Kolhapure joins Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Sanjay Dutt in Ashutosh Gowariker's Panipat". Firstpost. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  15. "Padmini Kolhapure to enter as love interest of Suresh Modi". Pinkvilla. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  16. 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  17. Kalakar Awards Archived 20 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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