(Last Updated on : 21/01/2016)
Indian movie actress Rohini Hattangadi is a performer with excellent caliber. She is award-winning actress who won many awards in her career. In the year 1971 she joined National School of Drama
(NSD) in New Delhi. She also received training under theatre guru Ebrahim Alkazi together. Rohini has received training in Kathakali
for more than eight years. She is basically a theatre personality.
Career of Rohini Hattangadi
Rohini initiated her career with Marathi stage. She and her husband Jayadev Hattangadi started a Marathi theatre group in Bombay, called 'Awishkar', which went on to produced over 150 plays. In 1975 she won the 'Best Actress Award' at the Maharashtra State Drama Festival, for her performance in 'Changuna' a Marathi adaptation of Federico GarcA-a Lorca's Spanish classic 'Yerma', produced by 'Awishkar', in Mumbai.
Some of the important characters played by her were 'Yakshagana' in a folk play from Karnataka titled 'Bhisma Vijay'. She was the first woman in Asia to act in a Japanese Kabuki play, Ibaragi, directed of Shozo Sato, a well-known Japanese director. She was famous her acting in 'Aparajita' based on a Bengali story by Nitin Sen. This was a landmark performance in her career. Over the years she has played several memorable characters of the stage, like Vimla Pandey of 'Mahayagya' to a Hindustani classical singer in 'Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum'.
The roles played by her vary from a committed social worker in 'Intehaan' to the unlettered and harassed Sakkubai in 'Hindustani'. Her work was also widely appreciated in Vijay Tendulkar's 'Mitra Chi Gosht' directed by Vinay Apte, 'Hori' based on Premchand's 'Godaan', produced by IPTA, and most recently in Hindi play, 'Kohra', with Sudha Chandran, and Babul Bhavsar.
Films of Rohini Hattangadi
Rohini Hattangadi started her film career with Saeed Akhtar Mirz's 'Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan' in 1978. This film won the National Film award for best film. This was followed by his next 'Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai' and 'Chakra' by Rabindra Dharmaraj, starring Naseeruddin Shah
and Smita Patil
in lead roles. Her next big break was an international film Gandhi in 1982. After this film she got international recognition. She also got BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1982 for this film.
She was critically acclaimed for many of her roles in different films like Mahesh Bhatt
's Arth in the year 1982, which won her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award in 1984. After these achievements she acted in two films as an aging housewife, 'Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho' and 'Saaransh' with Anupam Kher
.Nevertheless she did break the mould in the commercial with a powerful yet small role in N. Chandra's Pratighaat. Her excellent comic performances in Pankaj Parashar's Chaalbaaz and Ladaai were considered as one of the best performances in Bollywood. The Indian art cinema has offered her a space to excel in her own way. She found her due as a powerful actress.
In the 90's she was very much present in Rajkumar Santoshi
films, starting with Damini, Ghatak and finally in a well-appreciated comic role, in his 2000 hit, Pukar. Her most recent performance in Sanjay Dutt hit Munnabhai MBBS was widely appreciated. She acted as the mother of the hero in that film. Hattangadi has also played the lead role in a ground-breaking television series on politics in India, where she played the leader of a major political party. She is now playing as an actress in 'Ghar ki laxmi bettiyann' as Motti ba. Over the last three decades she has acted in over 70 films.