Veteran theatre and film actor Sulabha Deshpande had passed away on Saturday at her residence in Mumbai after suffering from a prolonged illness.
Apart from theatre plays the actress had featured in over 73 movies among which are Bhumika(1977), Arvind Desai Ki Ajeb Dastaan (1978), Gaman(1978) and Gauri Shinde’s much acclaimed English Winglish. She was also seen in many TV shows like Jee le zara, Ek Packet Umeed and few others.
A huge part of the Theatre-Sulabha Deshpande
The actress has had an active career since the 1960s. Ms Deshpande is considered one of the finest actors in the industry and also has been one of the pioneers of the experimental theatre movement that took over Bombay in the 1970s. She has done both Marathi and Hindi theatre. She was associated with Rangayan and has worked with personalities like Vijay Tendulkar, Vijaya Mehta and Satyadev Dubey. In 1971, Sulabha along with her husband Arvind Deshpande co-founded the Awishkar a group for theatrical plays and later a children’s division of it called the Chandrashala, of which actors like Nana Patekar and Urmila Matondkar are students.
The veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal described her to one of the great figures of Marathi cinema. “She was a wonderful actor, very disciplined and always a team person. She never had any airs about her and was always helpful to the actors that she worked with. I particularly remember her work in Bhumika(1977), ” remarked Benegal.
Sulabha Deshpande’s funeral will be held at the Dadar crematorium at 5.30 pm on Sunday. Her husband, Arvind Deshpande, a noted theatre actor had passed away in 1989.