Padmini Kolhapure

Padmini Kolhapure
Padmini Kolhapure, image credit: Deccan Chronicle

Born - November 1, 1965 in Maharashtra, India

Nickname - Pandi

Occupation - Actress, Singer

Nationality - Indian

Years Active - 1983-present

Height - 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Spouse(s) - Pradeep Sharma (m.1986-present)

Padmini Kolhapure (born 1 November 1965) is an Indian actress and singer, who appeared primarily in Hindi films. During her successful career, she received two Filmfare Awards and was a popular actress in the 1980s.

Kolhapure, at the age of fifteen, won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the revenge drama "Insaf Ka Tarazu" (1981), and at the age of seventeen, won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the tragic romance "Prem Rog" (1983), thus becoming the second-youngest actress to win the awards in the respective categories.

Padmini Kolhapure was born second among the three daughters of Pandharinath Kolhapure, a professional musician, by his wife Nirupama Kolhapure. Her older sister is the former actress Shivangi Kapoor, wife of actor Shakti Kapoor and mother of actress Shraddha Kapoor and actor Siddhanth Kapoor . Her younger sister is the actress Tejaswini Kolhapure.

The family took the surname "Kolhapure" because they hailed from Kolhapur. Padmini's mother, Nirupama Kolhapure, was born into a Konkani-speaking Konkani Brahmin family belonging to Mangalore in Karnataka. Padmini's father, Pandharinath Kolhapure, was a talented vocalist and Veena player. He was the son of Pandit Krishnarao Kolhapure (partner in Balvant Natak Academy along with Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar), an exponent of Natya Sangeet, who had enjoyed the patronage of the Baroda Durbar. Pandharinath's mother was the half-sister of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, and sister of Balwantrao Abhisheki, the father of vocalist Jitendra Abhisheki. Thus, Padmini is a niece of legendary singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. She formerly used to work as ground staff with Air India.

While working for the film "Aisa Pyar Kahan", Padmini met Pradeep Sharma, alias Tutu Sharma, who was the producer of the film. They were married after a brief courtship in 1986. They have a son named Priyank Sharma. Padmini and Pradeep celebrated their 31th wedding anniversary recently.

As a child, she sang in the chorus for songs in films such as "Yaadon Ki Baaraat", "Kitab" and "Dushman Dost" with her sister Shivangi. Padmini later sang for her own films such as "Vidhaata", "Saat Saheliyan", "Hum Intezaar Karenge" and "Sadak Chaap" (with Kishore Kumar). She released an album with Bappi Lahiri titled 'Music Lovers'. She performed for the Greater London Council at the Royal Albert Hall in London with Bappi Lahiri and his troupe in 1986.

Asha Bhosle suggested Padmini's name to Dev Anand, who then cast her in "Ishq Ishq Ishq" (1975). This led to other films, such as "Dreamgirl" (1978), "Zindagi" (1976), and "Saajan Bina Suhagan" (1978). She also gave a very commendable performance of a school girl inflicted by black magic in "Gehrayee" (1980).

Her mother quit her airlines job to be a full-time chaperone as Padmini picked up more roles. Her most famous child role was playing a child in Raj Kapoor's 1977 film "Satyam Shivam Sundaram". Her success led to her most controversial role in "Insaaf Ka Tarazu" (1980), a remake of "Lipstick" (1976), where she played the rape victim that was originally played by Mariel Hemingway. She earned the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance. She graduated to heroine roles at the age of 15 in Nasir Hussain's "Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai" opposite Rishi Kapoor. The film flopped, but she reunited with Rishi for his father Raj Kapoor's film "Prem Rog" in 1982. The film earned her a Filmfare Best Actress Award. She earned a special acting award for "Ahista Ahista".

Padmini was known for her professionalism and diligence. She even worked when she had fever on "Do Dilon Ki Dastaan". She had more box office hits, such as "Vidhaata" (1982) and "Souten" (1983). She had a huge hit with "Pyar Jhukta Nahin" (1985) with Mithun Chakraborty, and they were paired together in several more films. She agreed to work with Anil Kapoor when he was a newcomer in his first film "Woh Saat Din" (1983). The movie was a hit and helped cement his name in the Indian film industry; Anil Kapoor attributes his eventual success in the film industry to her "luck".

After her son grew up, she returned to acting in 2004, such as for the Marathi films "Manthan" and "Chimnee Pakhra", which was a huge hit and earned her a Screen Award in the Best Marathi Actress category. She appeared in the 2006 horror film "Eight Shani".

She appeared in "Mera Bachpan" with Helen in 2008. She has also acted on stage in 'Kaash', followed by 'Abhi To Mein Jawan Hoon' and 'Aasman Se Gire Khajoor Pe Atke', with her brother-in-law Shakti Kapoor.

In 2011, she made her foray into Malayalam cinema with V. K. Prakash's "Karmayogi", an adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. In 2013, she played Shahid Kapoor's mother in the comedy film "Phata Poster Nikla Hero".

She was considered to play the role of Tulsi Virani in 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' after Smriti Irani left the project, but the role was ultimately played by Gautami Kapoor.

Selected Filmography

Films

Year Movie Role Notes
 1974   Ek Khiladi Bawan Patte -  Child artist
1975  Ishq Ishq Ishq -
1976  Zindagi  Guddu N. Shukla
1977  Dream Girl  Little orphan
1978  Saajan Bina Suhagan  Bulbul Chopra
1978  Satyam Shivam Sundaram  Young Rupa
1980  Thodisi Bewafaii  Meenu  
1980  Gehrayee  Uma  
1980  Insaaf Ka Tarazu  Arzu  
1981  Ahista Ahista  Chandra  
1981  Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai  Seema  
1982  Prem Rog  Manorama (Rama)  
1982  Vidhaata  Durga  
1982  Star  Parvati  
1983  Lovers  Mary  
1983  Pyaar Jhukta Nahin  Preeti B. Pratap/Preeti A. Khanna  
1983  Mazdoor  Meena D. Saxena/Meena A. Mathur  
1983  Souten  Radha  
1983  Woh Saat Din  Maya  
1984  Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan  Salma Mirza  
1984  Naya Kadam  Chanda  
1984  Ek Nai Paheli  Kajri  
1985  Aaj Ka Daur  Durga Agnihotri  
1985  Rahi Badal Gaye  Sangeeta  
1985  Pyari Behna  Mangla  
1985  Insaaf Main Karoonga  Pinky  
1985  Bewafai  Renu  
1986  Anubhav  Gauri  
1986  Swarag Se Sunder  Lalita Choudhury  
1986  Aisa Pyaar Kahan  Pooja  
1986  Muddat  Kalpana  
1986  Kirayadar  Jaya Abhyankar  
1986  Pyar Kiya Hai Pyar Karenge  Usha  
1986  Preeti  Preeti  
1986  Suhaagan  Jyoti  
1987  Jhanjhaar  Pushpa  
1987  Pyar Ke Kabil  Sangeeta A. Kapoor  
1987  Dadagiri  Barkha Singh  
1987  Sadak Chhap  Anju  
1987  Hawalaat  Geeta  
1988  Hum Intezaar Karenge  Manisha V. Anand  
1988  Sagar Sangam  Radha  
1989  Dana Paani  Chanda  
1989  Touhean  Sansani / Sandhya  
1989  Dataa  Sonabhai  
1990  Aag Ka Dariya -  
1991  Qurbani Rang Layegi  Basanti  
1993  Professor Ki Padosan  Menaka Khanna  
1999  Rockford -  As Producer
2003  Chimani Pakhar -  Marathi film
2005  Manthan  Anjali Deshpande  Marathi film
2005  Souten: The Other Woman  Smita S. Singh  
2006  Eight: The Power of Shani  Radha S. Rai  
2009  Bolo Raam  Archana Kaushik  
2012  Karmayogi  Mankamma  Malayalam film
2012  Mai  Madhu  
2013  Phata Poster Nikla Hero  Mrs. Rao  
2013  Daughter -  
2013  Dhuaan -  
2015  Karbonn  Gayatri  
2015  Bachpan Ek Dhokha -  
2019  Panipat  Gopika Bai  

Television

  • 'Ekk Nayi Pehchaan' as Pallavi Suresh Modi (June 2014 – August 2014) (Sony TV)

Awards and Nominations

  • 1981 Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for "Insaaf Ka Tarazu"
  • 1982 Filmfare Special Performance Award for "Ahista Ahista"
  • 1983 Filmfare Best Actress Award for "Prem Rog"
  • 1984 Filmfare nomination as Best Supporting Actress for "Souten"
  • 1986 Filmfare nomination as Best Actress for "Pyar Jhukta Nahin"
  • 2003 Kalakar Award – Achiever Award
  • 2006 Screen Best Actress Award for "Chimnee Pakhre" (Marathi)


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