Sulabha Deshpande

Sulabha Deshpande (Marathi: सुलभा देशपांडे; 1937 – 4 June 2016) was an Indian actress and theatre director. Apart from Marathi theatre and Hindi theatre in Mumbai, she acted in over 73 mainstream Bollywood films. She also performed in art house cinema such as Bhumika (1977), Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978), and Gaman (1978) as a character actor, along with numerous TV series and plays.[2][3] A leading figure in experimental theatre movement of the 1960s, she was associated with Rangayan, and personalities like Vijay Tendulkar, Vijaya Mehta, and Satyadev Dubey. In 1971, she co-founded the theatre group Awishkar with her husband Arvind Deshpande, and also started its children's wing, Chandrashala, which continues to perform professional children theatre.[4] In later years, she acted in serials such as Jee Ley Zara, Ek Packet Umeed, and Asmita, and in films such as English Vinglish.

Sulabha Deshpande
Born1937
Mumbai, India
Died4 June 2016(2016-06-04) (aged 78–79)[1]
Mumbai
NationalityIndian
OccupationActress, director
Years active1960s–2016
Spouse(s)Arvind Deshpande

Early life

She was born and brought up in Mumbai, where she studied at Siddhartha College in Fort, Mumbai, and later received a degree in education.

Career

Deshpande started her career as a teacher at Chhabildas Boy's High School in Dadar, Mumbai, while working here she asked noted playwright, Vijay Tendulkar to write a few plays for her students, this started her association with theatre, and in time made one of the pioneers in experimental theatre movement of the 1960s, as she joined the group Rangayan, which was founded by Vijaya Mehta, Vijay Tendulkar, Arvind Deshpande and Shriram Lagoo.[5] Soon, she started her acting career, though she first received acclaimed when she won state-level competitions for her plays like Madhlya Bhintee, Sasaa Ani Kasav, After Rangayan dispersed, she along with her husband Arvind Deshpande, and Arun Kakade formed the theatre group, Awishkar in 1971. Having played the lead role of Leela Benare in Vijay Tendulkar's noted play Shantata! Court Chalu Ahe in 1967 she established her calibre, later she reprised her role in the 1971 film version of the play directed by Satyadev Dubey, which turned out to be breakthrough role in feature films, thereafter she went on to work extensively both in Hindi cinema as well as Marathi cinema, and directors like Shyam Benegal, through the height of Indian new wave cinema, in the 1970s and 1980s.[6][7]

Awishkar was housed in the Chhabildas Hall at the Chhabildas Boy's High School, Mumbai, and thus gave rise to Chabildas theatre movement of amateur theatre. It also hold adult education workshops and trains young adults.[8] Soon, she established the Chandrashala, the children's theatre wing of Awishkar, and directed plays like Baba Harvale Ahet, Raja Ranila Ghaam Hava and Pandit Pandit Tujhi Akkal Shendit and notably the Sangeet Natak, Durga jhali Gauri (Durga Became Gauri) in 1982, a dance drama with a cast of seventy children.[6][7][9] She later directed the Hindi film version of the play Raja Ranila Ghaam Hava in 1978. After nearly 18 years of its establishment, Awishkar's association with Chhabildas school ended and the group restarted at the Mahim Municipal School, where it continues to hold its theatre productions, workshops and annual school production of Durga jhali Gauri performed by a new cast each year.[10] Notable Bollywood actors Nana Patekar and Urmila Matondkar have been students of Chandrashala.[11] She was currently playing a role of Grandmother-in-law in Zee Marathi's Serial Asmita.

Personal life

She was married to noted theatre actor-director, Arvind Deshpande, who died in 1987.

Death

Sulabha Deshpande died on 4 June 2016 in Mumbai, after prolonged illness.[12][13] She was cremated the next day.

Selected filmography

Films

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As actor
YearTitleRoleLanguage
1971Shantata! Court Chalu AaheLeela BenareMarathi
1974Jadu Ka Shankh जादू का शंखHindi
1975Zindagi Aur ToofanHindi
1977Jait Re Jait जैत रे जैतMarathi
1977BhumikaShantaHindi
1978Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan अरविंद देसाई की अजीब दास्तानHindi
1978KonduraKanthammaHindi / Telugu
1978GamanVasu's motherHindi
1980Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai अल्बर्ट पिंटो को गुस्सा क्यों आता हैAlbert's motherHindi
1980Kasturi कस्तूरीHindi
1980Yeh Kaisa Insaf यह कैसा इंसाफHindi
1982VijetaHindi
1982Sitam सितमHindi
1982Bheegi PalkeinJanki Kishan AcharyaHindi
1982Ramnagari रामनगरीHindi
1984Duniya दुनियाHindi
1984Hech Maza Maher हेच माझं माहेरHindi
1985Ghar Dwaar घर द्वारHindi
1985Janu जानूHindi
1985Sur Sangam सुर संगमHindi
1987Ijaazat इजाजतParvatiHindi
1988Salaam Bombay! सलाम बोम्बे!Social Worker at Welfare CentreHindi
1988Khoon Bhari Maang खून भरी मांगHindi
1989Tridev त्रिदेवHindi
1990Ghar Ho To Aisa घर हो तो ऐसाDipti Naval's MotherHindi
1990Krodh क्रोधHindi
1991Dushman Devta दुश्मन देवताHindi
1991Chaukat Raja चौकट राजाNandu's motherMarathi
1992DhaarHindi
1992Dil Aashna Hai दिल आशना हैHindi
1992Hamla हमलाHindi
1992Jaan Tere Naam जान तेरे नामHindi
1993Aadmi Khilona Hai आदमी खिलौना हैHindi
1994Chouraha चौराहाHindi
1994Mister Aajad मिस्टर आजादHindi
1995Ab Insaf Hoga अब इंसाफ होगाHindi
1995Yarana यारानाHindi
1996Badalte Rishte बदलते रिश्तेHindi
1996Bhishma भीष्मHindi
1997Virasat विरासतBali's motherHindi
1997Tamanna तमन्नाHindi
1997Ek Phool Teen Kante एक फूल तीन कांटेHindi
1997Common Man कॉमन मॅनHindi
1997Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat राजा की आयेगी बारातHindi
1997Ghulam-E-Mustafa गैरHindi
1998Yug Purush युगपुरुषHindi
1999Gair गुलाम-ऐ-मुस्तफाHindi
2001Daughters of This Century डॉटर्स ऑफ धिस सेंचुरीHemlataHindi
2005The Film द फिल्मHindi
2005Darpan Ke Piche दर्पण के पीछेHindi
2009VihirBau AajiMarathi
2010HaapusMarathi
2011Mala Aai Vhhaychy!Marathi
2012English VinglishMrs. GodboleHindi
2013InvestmentAaiMarathi
2017BraveheartMarathi
As director
YearTitleLanguageNotes
1978Raja Rani Ko Chahiye PasinaHindiChildren's film

Television

As actor
YearTitleLanguageChannel
1986Chhoti Badi BaateinHindi
Rishtey (Season 1)
Episode: Jeeya Jaaye Naa...
HindiZee TV
Rishtey (Season 2)
Episode: Chhaaya
HindiZee TV
1996Badalte RishteHindi
1997–1999TanhaHindiStar Plus
1998WohHindiZee Tv
1998AlpviramHindiSony TV
2004Kumkum - Ek Pyara Sa BandhanHindiStar Plus
2006Resham Dankh[15]HindiSTAR One
2008Ek Packet UmeedHindiNDTV Imagine
2011Mrs. TendulkarHindiSAB TV
2013Kehta Hai Dil Jee Le ZaraHindiSony Entertainment Television
2014-2016AsmitaMarathiZee Marathi

Theatre[16]

TitleLanguageNotes
Shantata! Court Chalu AaheMarathi
Raja Ranila Ghaam HavaMarathi
Sakharam BinderMarathi
Durga Zaali GauriMarathi
Baba Harvale AhetMarathi
Pandit Pandit Tujhi Akkal ShenditMarathi

Awards

She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for theatre acting in Marathi and Hindi theatre in 1987, the award is given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama. It is the highest Indian recognition given to practising artists.[17] She also received the award, Tanveer Sanman in 2010.[6] She has also been honoured by various other awards like Nanasaheb Phatak Puraskar, Ganpatrao Joshi Puraskar, Vasantrao Kanetkar Puraskar, Kusumagraj Puraskar, Rangabhoomi Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar[18] and Sarvashrestha Kalagaurav Puraskar by Sanskruti Kaladarpan.[19]

References

  1. "Veteran actor, theatre person Sulabha Deshpande passes away". Indian Express. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  2. "Theatre guru Satyadev Dubey passes away". The Hindu. 25 December 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  3. "Interview : 'Reaction matters to me'". The Hindu. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  4. "Quality, not quantity of life, matters, feels Sulabha Deshpande". Indian Express. 13 October 2012.
  5. Vijay Tendulkar. Five Plays For Children. Scholastic India. p. introduction. ISBN 8184771339.
  6. "Tanveer Sanman for Sulabha Deshpande". The Times of India. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  7. "Tanveer Sanman for veteran actress Sulabha Deshpande". DNA. 4 December 2010.
  8. Rustom Bharucha (1990). Theatre and the World: Performance and the Politics of Culture. Routledge. p. 113. ISBN 0415092167.
  9. Don Rubin (1998). The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Volume 5: Asia/Pacific. Taylor & Francis. p. 203. ISBN 041505933X.
  10. "Shantata! Awishkar Chalu Aahe". Mumbai Theatre Guide. August 2008.
  11. Agnihotri, Aarati (12 October 2012). "मैने अच्छी सास का रोल किया है इंग्लिश-विंग्लिश में". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). Chandigarh. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  12. "Remembering Arvind Deshpande (May 31, 1932 – January 3, 1987)". January 2007.
  13. ज्येष्ठ अभिनेत्री सुलभा देशपांडे यांच्या पार्थिवावर अंत्यसंस्कार
  14. ज्येष्ठ अभिनेत्री सुलभा देशपांडे यांचे निधन Archived 5 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  15. "'Resham Dankh' goes on air on Star One from August 14". WebIndia123. 29 July 2006. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  16. Sulabha Deshpande
  17. "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012.
  18. "नोंद : सुलभा देशपांडे". Maharashtra Times (in Marathi). 5 March 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  19. "सुलभा देशपांडे यांना "सर्वश्रेष्ठ कलागौरव'". Sakal (in Marathi). Mumbai. 26 March 2012. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
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