(Last Updated on : 01/08/2014)
Sushma Seth is a very popular name on silver screen as well as the small screen. She is one of actresses in the Bollywood film industry who started her career very late. She had been frequently playing the role of mother and grandmother in movies. The acting bug had bit her quite early in life. When she was a child she loved to watch the plays of legendary Prithviraj Kapoor and then she grew up to become an accomplished theater artiste herself. The Prithvi Theaters had such a great impact on her mind that she decided to do theater. She did in plays in English, Hindi and Urdu and worked with famous theater personalities like Sai Paranjpye. In the later period of the 1970s she also formed an academy called Children's Creative Theater. But the only botheration with theater that time was that the artists were not paid properly as theater was the only non-professional thing. She hopes that the new generation goes to the theater and promotes it. She had done plays for about 20 years before the eminent filmmaker Shyam Benegal for his film 'Junoon' approached her. Sushma Seth jumped to the offer when she heard that she was the filmmaker's right choice for the role.
In the initial stages Sushma Seth was a theater worker and then she shifted to films. She got the opportunity to work with some of the very renowned directors including D.R. Ankur, Manish Joshi, Manish Bajaj, Chander Shekhar Sharma and Bismil. She had also starred in some of the blockbusters of the Hindi Film Industry such as 'Prem Rog', 'Chandni', 'RamTeri Ganga Maili', 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham' and 'Kal Ho Na Ho'. Her acting prowess in the movie titled 'Tawaif' by B.R. Chopra made her received a nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. She had essayed the role of a mother and grandmother to almost all the superstars of Bollywood including Rishi Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Anil Kapoor and others.
Besides creating a special place the Bollywood Film Industry Sushma Seth also appeared in host of television series. She was fortunate enough to work with eminent theater directors like Ram Gopal Bajaj and Manish Joshi Bismil. She has also appeared in several other tele soaps like 'Staying On' where she played the role of Codcod Menektra, the character of 'Dadi' in 'HumLog' and 'Dadiji' in 'Dekh Bhai Dekh'. She also proved her mettle in the art of acting by playing the role of 'Ammi' in 'Amma and Family' and the character of grandmother in 'Millie'. This brilliant artiste has created magic on stage, television and films with her skills. At present she is very much preoccupied with her work with a non-government organization called Arpana, which works for people evicted from the resettle colonies in South Delhi and now settled on Mathura Road. Her work is to teach the children drama and music and make them better persons. She is also working with other organization for awareness about AIDS, family planning and teaching various skills to teenagers. Her fans are proud of what she has achieved so far in her acting career and hopes that she goes some more miles before she finally ends.