Ratna Pathak

Ratna Pathak (born 18 March 1957), also known by her married name Ratna Pathak Shah is an Indian actress and director best known for her work in theatre, television and Bollywood films. Her numerous work in theatre includes a series of plays in both English and Hindi. She rose to prominence when she appeared in the hit TV serial Idhar Udhar in the 1980s.

Ratna Pathak Shah
Ratna Pathak at premiere of LWS at Mami 2016
Born (1957-03-18) 18 March 1957[1][2]
Years active1983-present
Home townIndia
Naseeruddin Shah (m. 1982)
ChildrenImaad Shah
Vivaan Shah
RelativesSupriya Pathak (Sister)
Zameerud-din Shah (Brother-in-law)
Pankaj Kapur (Brother-in-law)
Heeba Shah (Step-Daughter)
Sanah Kapur (Niece)
Ruhaan Kapur (Nephew)
AwardsSee below

She is perhaps best known for her iconic performance as Maya Sarabhai in the sitcom Sarabhai vs Sarabhai. She also portrayed supporting roles in movies including the romantic drama Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008), the action comedy Golmaal 3 (2010), the romantic comedy Ek Mai Aur Ekk Tu (2012), the comedy-dramas Khoobsurat (2014) and Kapoor and Sons (2016), followed by the widely acclaimed black-comedy Lipstick Under My Burkha (2017) for which she was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She married acclaimed theatre and Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah in 1982.

Early life

Ratna Pathak Shah is a Gujarati Hindu.[3] She was born on 18 March 1957 in Mumbai, India to Baldev Pathak and actress Dina Pathak. She is the sister of actress Supriya Pathak.[1][4]

Pathak is an alumna of the J. B. Vachha High School, Dadar Mumbai and the 1981 batch[5] of the National School of Drama, Delhi.[6]


As well as appearing in many successful films, including Mirch Masala, Ratna Pathak appeared as the wife in The Perfect Murder.[7]

She also acted in the hit comedy sitcom Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, for which she received the ITA Award for Best Actress - Comedy in 2005.

In July 2008 she appeared in the successful film Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na as the mother of the protagonist. Naseeruddin Shah played her husband, as a deceased character who talks to her from a portrait. She has also acted in several Russian plays, as well as co-founding and being an active member of "Motley Theatre Group". She appeared in the successful film Golmaal 3 opposite Mithun Chakraborty. She was a part of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Selecting Committee for 2012 Awards.

Personal life

Ratna Pathak married Naseeruddin Shah in 1982. They have two sons Imaad Shah and Vivaan Shah. Naseeruddin Shah has a daughter, Heeba Shah, from his first marriage.[1][8]



1983Heat and DustRituEnglish
1987Mirch MasalaFactory WorkerHindi
1988The Perfect MurderPratima GhoteEnglish
1995Mr. AhmedAmmaEnglish
2002Encounter: The KillingMrs. Sudhakar RaoHindi
2005PaheliFemale Puppet (voice)Hindi
2006Yun Hota Toh Kya HotaTaraHindi
2008Jaane Tu Ya Jaane NaSavitri RathoreHindi
2010Golmaal 3GeetaHindi
2011The Coffin MakerIsabellaEnglish
2012Ek Main Aur Ekk TuMrs. KapoorHindi
2014KhoobsuratQueen Nirmala Devi RathoreHindi
2016Kapoor & SonsSunita KapoorHindi
2016Nil Battey SannataDr. DeewanHindi
2017Lipstick Under My BurkhaUsha/Bua-jiHindi
2017MubarakanJeeto / Arshveer Kaur BajwaHindi
2018Love per Square FootBlossom D'souzaHindi


Year (s)ShowCharacterNotes
1985-1998Idhar UdharSunita
1993-1995Filmi ChakkarRukmani
1996Mast Mast Hai ZindagiKalpana
1997Movers & ShakersHerselfGuest appearance
1999GubbareMs. GuptaEpisode 6: Jhooth
2000Apna Apna StyleSuman
2004-2006Sarabhai vs SarabhaiMaya Sarabhai
2012The Late Night Show Jitna Rangeen Utna SangeenHerselfGuest appearance
2017Sarabhai vs Sarabhai: Take 2Maya Sarabhai
2018Selection DayNellie


Television Awards
Year Show Award Category Result Ref.
2005 Sarabhai vs Sarabhai Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Comic Role Won
2006 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress Comedy Nominated
Film Awards
YearFilmAwardCategoryResult Ref.
2009 Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2011 Golmaal 3 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female Nominated [9]
Producers Guild Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2017 Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [10]
Stardust Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [11]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [12]
News18 Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [13]
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female Nominated [14]
Nil Battey Sannata Nominated
Lipstick Under My Burkha London Asian Film Festival Standout Performance Won [15]
Ottawa Indian Film Awards,Canada Best Achievement in Acting Award Won
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Best Actress Nominated [16]
2018 Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female Nominated [17]
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [18]
News18 Movie Awards Best Actress Won [19][20]


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  2. Sharma, Sampada (18 March 2018). "Here are five of the best characters played by Ratna Pathak Shah". The Indian Express. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. "B-Town lovers who break the religion barrier". Mid-Day. Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak: While Naseer is a Muslim, Ratna is a Gujarati Hindu.
  4. "rediff.com, Movies: A tribute to Dina Pathak as she turns 80". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  5. http://nsd.gov.in/delhi/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/NSD-GRADUATES1.pdf
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  7. "The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) - 7days -". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
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  19. "Reel Movie Behind The Scenes Awards 2018 |Best Cinematography, Sound, Art / Production Design, Editing, Music, Screenplay, Dialogues". News18. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  20. "'Newton' & 'Mukti Bhawan' Win Big at the REEL Movie Awards". The Quint. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
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