Lalita Pawar

  • Birthday: 18. April 1916
  • Birthplace: Nasik, Bombay Presidency, British India
  • Awards: 1959: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in Anari (1959), 1961: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award - Acting

Biography

Lalita Pawar (18 April 1916 – 24 February 1998)[1] was a prolific Indian actress, who later became famous as a character actress, appearing in over 700 films in Hindi and Marathi cinema, where she gave hits like, Netaji Palkar (1938), made by Bhalji Pendharkar, New Hana Pictures’ Sant Damaji, Navyug Chitrapat’s Amrit, written by VS Khandekar, and Chhaya Films’ Gora Kumbhar. Her other memorable roles were in film, Anari (1959), Shri 420 and Mr & Mrs 55, and the role of Manthara, in Ramanand Sagar's television epic serial, Ramayan.

Born Amba Laxman Rao Sagun on 18 April 1916, into an orthodox family in Yeola in Nashik, where her father Laxman Rao Shagun was a rich silk and cotton piecegoods merchant, she started her acting career at age nine in the film, Raja Harishchandra (1928), and later went on to play lead roles in silent era and 1940's films, in a career that lasted until the end of her life, spanning seven decades.

She co-produced and acted in a silent film, Kailash (1932), and later produced another film, Duniya Kya Hai in 1938, a talkie.

In 1942, as a part of a scene in the movie Jung-E-Azadi, actor Master Bhagwan was to slap her hard. Being a new actor, he accidentally slapped her very hard, which resulted in facial paralysis and a burst left eye vein.[3] Three years of treatment later, she was left with a defective left eye; thus she had to abandon lead roles, and switch to character roles, which won her much of her fame later in life

She was known particularly for playing maternal figures, especially wicked matriarchs or mothers-in-law. She also notably played the role of the strict but kind Mrs. L. D'Sa in Anari (1959) with Raj Kapoor, under Hrishikesh Mukherjee's direction, she gave the performance of a lifetime,[5] for which she received Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award; as the tough matriarch who falls in love in Professor (1962), and the devious hunchback Manthara in Ramanand Sagar's television series Ramayan. She was honored by the Government of India as the first lady of Indian cinema, in 1961.


Movies

1968 - Aabroo
1977 - Aaina
1976 - Aaj Ka Ye Ghar
1960 - Aanchal - 1960
1968 - Aankhen - 1968
1957 - Aasha
1971 - Anand
1959 - Anari
1964 - Apne Huye Paraye
1967 - Aurat
1967 - Bahu Begum
1963 - Bahurani
1950 - Banwra
1972 - Bees Saal Pehle
1963 - Bharosa
1963 - Bluff Master
1972 - Bombay to Goa
1967 - Boond Jo Ban Gayee Moti
1971 - Buddha Mil Gaya - 1971
1976 - Bundal Baaz
1977 - Chakkar Pe Chakkar
1989 - Chandni
1961 - Chhaya
1969 - Chirag
1952 - Daag
1970 - Darpan
1978 - Dil Se Mile Dil
1967 - Diwana - 1967
1976 - Do Anjaane
1980 - Do Aur Do Paanch
1973 - Do Phool
1974 - Doosri Sita
1977 - Dream Girl
1968 - Duniya
1979 - Duniya Meri Jeb Mein
1963 - Ek Dil Sau Afsane
1973 - Ek Mutthi Aasmaan
1978 - Ganga Sagar
1972 - Gaon Hamara Shaher Tumhara
1963 - Gehra Daag
1961 - Gharana
1974 - Goonj
1970 - Gopi
1963 - Grahasti
1974 - Hamrahi
1963 - Hamrahi
1973 - Hifazat - 1973
1961 - Hum Dono
1979 - Jaan-e-Bahaar
1971 - Jaane-Anjaane
1979 - Janta Hawaldar
1982 - Jeeo Aur Jeene Do
1960 - Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai
1973 - Jugnu
1960 - Junglee
1973 - Kahani Hum Sab Ki
1980 - Kali Ghata
1958 - Kanhaiya
1969 - Khamoshi
1965 - Khandan
1964 - Kohraa
1974 - Kunwara Baap
1971 - Lakhon Mein Ek
1966 - Love in Tokyo
1967 - Majhli Didi
1977 - Mama Bhanja
1970 - Man Ki Aankhen
1979 - Manzil
1958 - Mehndi
1961 - Memdidi
1955 - Mr. & Mrs. '55
1992 - Muskurahat
1981 - Naseeb
1957 - Nau Do Gyarah
1979 - Nauker
1967 - Naya Raasta
1971 - Naya Zamana
1968 - Neel Kamal
1957 - Neelmani
1961 - Opera House
1971 - Parwana
1953 - Patita
1967 - Patthar Ke Sanam
1980 - Phir Wahi Raat
1966 - Phool Aur Patthar
1964 - Phoolon Ki Sej
1977 - Prayashchit
1971 - Preet Ki Dori
1979 - Prem Bandhan
1962 - Professor
1970 - Pushpanjali
1986 - Pyaar Ke Do Pal
1958 - Raj Tilak
1979 - Raja Harishchandra
1962 - Rakhi
1980 - Raksha Bandhan
1970 - Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
1961 - Sampoorna Ramayan
1964 - Sangam
1979 - Sarkari Mehmaan
1961 - Sasural
1980 - Sau Din Saas Ke
1963 - Sehra
1976 - Shankar Shambhu
1964 - Sharabi
1988 - Sherni
1955 - Shree 420
1970 - Suhana Safar
1959 - Sujata
1966 - Suraj
1976 - Tapasya
1966 - Tasveer
1977 - Taxi Taxie
1987 - Uttar Dakshin
1975 - Warrant
1972 - Yeh Gulistan Hamara