Sarika

Sarika Thakur, better known as Sarika, is an Indian actress. Apart from acting, she also served as costume designer, sound designer & associate director for Kuruthipunal under Raaj Kamal Films International. In 2005, she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for the English film Parzania.

Early life

Sarika was born in New Delhi into a family of mixed Marathi and Himachali descent. Her father left the family when she was very young. From then on, she became the head of the family and had to work. She did not attend school.[1]

Career

Sarika started her film career as a child actor at the age of 5,[2] playing the role of a boy, Master Sooraj, during the 1960s in Bollywood. Her most notable and popular appearance as a child artist was in the year 1967 in the musical superhit Hamraaz, where she was seen as the daughter of Vimi named baby/saarika. She appeared in many children's movies. Later, she moved on to films with Rajshri Productions Geet Gaata Chal with Sachin, with whom she starred in many Hindi and Marathi films.

In Sarika's acting career, she was often cast as a "westernized girl" in films due to her Non-Indian looks. She gave birth to a baby girl, Shruti Hassan in 1986. She gave up her acting career after her marriage to Kamal Haasan and moved to Chennai with him during the peak of her career. After separating from her husband, she made a comeback in Hindi films. She played Ipsita Ray Chakraverti in the film Sacred Evil – A True Story which failed at the box office.

In year 2000, Sarika won the National Film Award for Best Costume Design for the film Hey Ram. Her performance in Parzania in which she plays the role of a Zoroastrian woman who loses her child during the 2002 riots of India, earned her the National Film Award for Best Actress.

Sarika has starred as Sheetal Thadani in the movie Bheja Fry (2006), where she played the wife of Rajat Kapoor. She also had a small but important role in Manorama Six Feet Under. Her latest movie is Shoebite, which has been delayed for production, where she stars opposite Amitabh Bachchan.

Sarika made her television debut in Sony TV's Yudh which stars Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role.

Filmography

FilmYearRole/Notes
Baar Baar Dekho2016
Purani Jeans2014as Sherry Lawrence
David2013
Club 602013Dr. Sayra
Jab Tak Hai Jaan2012Dr. Zoya Ali Khan
Shoebite2012Aditi
Society2010
Kaccha Limbu2009
Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors2008Hari Puttar's Mother
Y.M.I. Yeh Mera India2008Sushma Talreja
Tahaan2008(uncredited) Tahaan's Mother
Manorama Six Feet Under2007Manorama
Bheja Fry2007Sheetal R. Thadani
Baabul2006Pushpa Kapoor
Sacred Evil2006Ipsita
Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow2005Ira Haksar
Parzania2005Shehnaz
American Daylight2004Dolly
Raghu Romeo2003Party guest
Punnagai Poove2003
Aakhri Sanghursh1997Seeta
Santosh1989Munni/Sarika
Ajeeb Itefaq1989Aparna/Arpana
Kharidar1988
Swati1986Dancer/Singer
ShartRuhi
Dilwaala1986Sapna
Mangal Dada1986
Zinda Laash1986
Ek Daku Saher Mein1985Ranjana
Ram Tere Kitne Nam1985(uncredited) Lily (scene from Devta)
Ek Bhool1985(TV)
Karishmaa1984Neeta
Gangvaa1984
Ram Tera Desh1984Lily D'Souza
Aasmaan1984
Akalmand1984Advocate Shobha
Raaj Tilak1984Gypsy
Bade Dil Wala1983Juhi Sinha/Juhi V. Gupta
Nastik1983(as Baby Sarika) Mala
Bagga Daku1983
Razia Sultan1983
Vidhaata1982Neelima
Badle Ki Aag1982Asha
Meharbaani1982
Teesri Aankh1982Rekha
Yeh Vaada Raha1982Rita Saxena
Shriman Shrimati1982Aruna Gupta
Satte Pe Satta1982Sheela
Daulat1982Sushma
Dil Hi Dil Mein1982Gulabo/Rani
Sannata1981
Dahshat1981Kiran
Paanch Qaidi1981
Kranti1981Sheetal
Nai Imarat1981
Plot No. 51981
Sharada1981Anita Kohli
Jyoti Bane Jwala1980Asha
Nazrana Pyar Ka1980Anuradha
Pyaara Dushman1980
Yeh Kaisa Insaf?1980Sudha
Bin Phere Hum Tere1979Shikha
Griha Pravesh1979Sapna
Jaan-E-Bahaar1979Kuku Rai
Jaani Dushman1979Bindiya
Raakhi Ki Saugandh1979Paro/Tina
Til Til Dalekha1979
Dil Aur Deewaar1978Laxmi Rai
Tik...Tik...TikMiss India
Anpadh1978Geeta "Anpadh"
Devata1978Lily
Madhu Malti1978
Paradh1977Marathi Film (Nutan Sachin & Shiram Lagu)
Bundal Baaz1976(uncredited) TV Newscaster
Raksha Bandhan1976Asha
Khushboo1975Kali
Geet Gaata Chal1975Radha
Kaagaz Ki Nao1975
Vandana1975
Haar Jeet1972Child artist
Chhoti Bahu1971(uncredited) Gopi
Jawan Muhabat1971Child artist - Rekha Sareen
Devi1970(as Moppet Suraj) Deepak
Beti1969Little Nanda
Balak1969Child artist - Deepak "Deepu"
Jyoti1969
Satyakam1969Child artist - Kabul S. Archarya
Aashirwad1968Child artist - Neena
Hamraaz1967Child artist - Sarika
Majhli Didi1967Uma – Hemangini

Television

YearShowChannelRole
2014Yudh (TV series)SonyGauri Sekhar
2015Darr Sabko Lagta Haiepisode eleven in &TVMiss Consica

Awards

References

  1. "I get devastated at the idea of marriage: Shruti Haasan". Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  2. "Times of India". Times of India. p. 6. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
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