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Lalita Pawar, Bollywood Actress
Lalita Pawar was a Bollywood actress with unlimited potential and has appeared in more than 700 films in both Hindi and Marathi Cinema.
 Lalita Pawar, Bollywood ActressLalita Pawar was born as Amba Laxman Rao Sagun in 18 April, 1916 in an orthodox family in a village, Yevle in Nashik. Her father Laxman Rao Shagun was a rich silk and cotton piece goods merchant. She was earlier married to Ganpatrao Pawar who later got involved with her younger sister so she left him and married producer Rajprakash Gupta. The couple had a son.

Film Career of Lalita Pawar
Lalita started her acting career began at age nine, as a child artist in the film Raja Harishchandra (1928), and later progressed to play lead roles in silent era films and 1940's Hindi cinema. She was a prolific Indian actor, who was famous as character actress and appeared in over 700 films in Hindi and Marathi cinema. Her best films include films like Netaji Palkar (1938) made by Bhalji Pendharkar, Navyug Chitrapat's Amrit, New Hana Pictures' Sant Damaji, and Chhaya Films' Gora Kumbhar. Her other memorable performances were in the film, Anari (1959), Shri 420 and Mr & Mrs 55.

Lalita Pawar's former husband Ganpatrao Pawar directed most of her later silent and initial sound films. She was the co producer and also an actress in a silent film, Kailash (1932), and later also produced another film, Duniya Kya Hai in 1938, a talkie. In 1942, film actor Bhagwan Dada slapped her, during a film shoot, which unfortunately resulted in facial paralysis and a burst in a left eye vein. Even after three years of treatment, she was left with a defective left eye. Finally, she left doing lead roles, and switched to character roles, which got her much of her fame. She was particularly known for playing maternal figures, especially impious matriarchs or mothers-in-law. She also notably played the role of the stern but kind, Mrs. L. D'Sa in Anari (1959) with Raj Kapoor, working under Hrishikesh Mukherjee's direction. Lalita Pawar played the lead role in the film Himmat-e-Marda (1935). Her performances in Professor (1962) and the hunchback Manthara in Ramanand Sagar's television series Ramayan are still loved and remembered by the audience.

Pawar died on February 24, 1998 in Aundh, Pune and left behind her husband, Rajprakash Gupta, a son and daughter-in-law, who stay in Mumbai. In 1959, she was awarded the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in Anari and in 1961; she received Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her performances.

Selected Filmography of Lalita Pawar

Year Film Year Film
1928 Patittodhar, Raja Harishchandra 1968 Teen Bahuraniyan
1931 Shri Krishna Maya 1969 Chirag, Khamoshi
1939 Netaji Palkar 1970 Man Ki Aankhen, The New Road, Pushpanjali
1948 Phool Aur Kaante 1971 Anand
1952 Parchhaiyan, Raja Harishchandra 1972 Bombay to Goa
1954 Great Soul 1974 Kunwara Baap, Naya Din Nai Raat, Do Phool
1955 Shree 420, Patit Pawan, Ratnaghar, Shree Krishna Bhakti 1979 Nauker
1958 Samrat Chandragupt, Sukhache Sobti, Taxi 555 1980 Sau Din Saas Ke
1961 Junglee, Mem-Didi, Opera House 1986 Ramayan (TV series)
1962 Professor 1993 Saibaba, Shiv Teri Mahima Nyari
1967 Diwana, Hare Kanch Ki Chooriyan, Noorjehan 1995 Limited Manuski

(Last Updated on : 15/11/2014)
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