100 Years of Lalita Pawar – Hindi Cinema’s Unforgettable Doyenne


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           MAY 15, 2016           08.00 P.M.

 

LALITA PAWAR [ 18 April 1916 - 24 February 1998 ]

LALITA PAWAR [ 18 April 1916 – 24 February 1998 ]

On April 18, 2016, Lalita Pawar would have been 100 years old, had she been alive. There were not much coverage in the media. I read just one article in DNA. That’s it.

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Present day media Mughals don’t know her importance. In a career spanning 68 years, she did 700 plus films. She was the only one in Indian film industry, who could play a scheming mother-in-law and a golden-hearted matriarch with equal finesse. She was always portrayed prominently in the posters of her films, though she was not playing the lead. Apart from Lalita Pawar, Ashok Kumar was the only other character artiste, who used to appear prominently in the poster of his films.

With Dilip Kumar in DAAG

With Dilip Kumar in DAAG

 

Poster of Anari

With Raj Kapoor & Nutan in Anari

Apart from her, there were only 3 other Hindi film actors, who worked more than 6 decades. They, apart from Lalita Pawar, are Dev Anand, Pran and evergreen Ashok Kumar. Only these 4 Hindi Film Artists worked till the last breath of their lives.

Lalita Pawar with Ashok Kumar

Lalita Pawar with Ashok Kumar

Lalita Pawar with Pran

Lalita Pawar with Pran

Lalita Pawar with Dev Anand

Lalita Pawar with Dev Anand

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LALITA PAWAR : 68 Working Years – 700 Films

” Raja Harishchandra “ [ 1928 ] to ” Bhai ” [ 1997 ]

DEV ANAND : 65 Working Years – 113 Films

Hum Ek Hain “ [ 1946 ] to ” Chargesheet ” [ 2011 ]

PRAN : 63 Working Years – 350 Films

” Yamla Jat “ [ 1940 ] to ” Kiska Dosh “ [ 2003 ]

ASHOK KUMAR : 61 Working Years – 301 films .

” Jeevan Naiya ” [ 1936 ] to ” Aankhon Me Tum Ho ” [ 1997 ]

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Among all the 4 history making stars, Lalita Pawar was the senior most. Pran was junior to her by 12 years. And the indomitable Dev Anand was her junior by 18 years. Even grand old man of Hindi cinema, the evergreen Ashok Kumar, was her junior by 8 years. Coincidently their last films came in the same year, 1997. Lalita Pawar’s ” Bhai ” [ 1997 ] & Ashok Kumar’s ” Aankhon Me Tum Ho ” [ 1997 ] were their last film. Two immortal legends ended their glorious film journey in the same year.

My first association with her started somewhere in mid 60s. I don’t remember the film correctly, but either it was ” Sampoorna Ramayan ” or ” Jis Desh Me Ganga Bahti Hai “. Later on I saw several films of her and became an ardent admirer.

I am giving list of some of her unforgettable films, which I have seen and fail to forget even today.

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Ram Shastri [ 1944 ] , Dahej  [ 1950 ] , Daag  [ 1952 ] , Parchhain  [ 1952 ] , Shri 420 [ 1955 ] , Mr & Mrs 55  [ 1955 ] , Nau Do Gyarah  [ 1957 ] , Anari  [ 1959 ] , Sujata  [ 1959 ] , Hum Dono  [ 1961 ] , Sampoorna Ramayana  [ 1961 ] , Professor  [ 1962 ] , Sehra  [ 1963 ] , Grahasti  [ 1963 ] , Ghar Basake Dekho  [ 1963 ] , Khandan  [ 1966 ] , Boond Jo Ban Gayee Moti  [ 1967 ] , Aabroo  [ 1968 ] , Anand  [ 1970 ] , Pushpanjali  [ 1970 ] , Gopi  [ 1970 ] ,  Doosri Sita  [ 1974 ] , Tapasya  [ 1976 ] , Aaina  [ 1977 ] , Yaarana  [ 1080 ] , Kali Ghata  [ 1980 ] , Phir Wohi Raat  [ 1980 ] , Sau Din Saas Ke  [ 1980 ] , Naseeb  [ 1981 ] , Bhai  [ 1997 ] .

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It is pertinent to note that apart from Ram Shastri [ 1944 ] , where she played heroine, she played character roles in all above mentioned films. But no film connoisseur can ever forget her. Who can forget GANGAMAI of  Shri 420 [ 1955 ] or Mrs. D’Sa of  Anari  [ 1959 ] , both with Raj Kapoor?

Amba Laxman Rao Shagun from Yeola, Nashik made her debut in 1929 with ” Raja Harishchandra “. At the age of 16, she co-produced and acted in a silent film ” Kailash ” [ 1932 ]. She played a triple role in that film. A triple role in a silent film !! It was 44 years before DILIP KUMAR’s ” Bairaag ” [ 1976 ] & 51 years before AMITABH BACHCHAN’s ” Mahaan ” [ 1983 ]. Both these legends played triple role much later in their respective careers and when they were very mature. DILIP KUMAR made debut in 1944 and played triple role in 1976. That is 32 years after his debut. AMITABH BACHCHAN made debut in 1969 and played triple role in 1983. That is 19 years after his debut. But LALITA PAWAR played triple role in the beginning of her career. 3 years after her debut and that too in a silent film.

Poster of Silent Film "The Lord of the Jungle"

Poster of Silent Film “The Lord of the Jungle”

Poster of "Himmat-e-Marda" [ 1935 ]

Poster of “Himmat-e-Marda” [ 1935 ]

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film of 1940

Lalita Pawar in a Silent Film of 1940

1942 was an epoch-making year in Lalita Pawar’s career. As a part of the scene in a film ” Jung-E-Azadi ” , Bhagwan Dada of ” Albela ” fame was to slap her. Being a new-comer, he accidentally slapped her hard. It resulted in facial paralysis and a vein of her left eye got burst. This incident left her with a defective left eye. But the treatment took 3 years. She lost many lead roles and after her treatment was over, she switched to character roles. The defective left eye, which ended her acting career in lead roles, helped her play cruel, wicked and cussed characters with aplomb.

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Lalita Pawar & Bhagwan Dada

Lalita Pawar & Bhagwan Dada

Lalita Pawar has left us. She no longer exist. But she is still present in the form of her films where she played several unforgettable characters. I offer my tribute and regards to the unforgettable doyenne of Hindi cinema.

 

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[ List of Lalita Pawar’s released films,  dates and other information is taken from Wikipedia. I , on behalf of VIDUR Acting Institute ,  express gratitude. ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – January 2013


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MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           FEBRUARY  06, 2013          11.35 P.M.
Month of January came and is now gone with no major surprises . ” Table No. 21 “ met with moderate success and ” Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola “ failed to garner mullahs at the box office . ” Race 2 “ looked promising initially but could not sustain the impetus .
Tweets of Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta , which I re-tweet , shows the current trends of the industry .

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#Dabangg2 *2-week total* India Rs 144 cr + Overseas Rs 45.6 cr. Total: Rs 189.6 cr.

Update: New releases open to cold response, but ‘Table No 21’ reports good, should grow http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/304/date/2013-01-04 …

‘Rajdhani Express’ movie review: Has its moments, but they are few and far between! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/508322 …

‘Table No. 21’ movie review: A commendable movie-going experience. Strongly recommended http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/554240 …

‘Table No 21’ Friday 1.55 cr… Picked up in the evening shows… North biz affected due to severe cold.

‘Table No 21’ fri 1.55 cr, sat 2.04 cr, sun 2.25 cr, mon 1.02 cr, tue 1.00 cr. Total: 7.86 cr. Rock-steady!

‘Table No 21’ lone survivor at BO… 2013 release calendar packed, multiple films to bombard cineplexes week after week http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/businesstalk/id/566/date/2013-01-09 …

9h taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #MatruKiBijleeKaMandola faces tough competition in North [Punjabi film] and South [5 Tamil films and 2 biggies in Telugu].
9h taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh

Update: #MKBKM ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ opens to dull houses http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/update/id/date/2013-01-11 …21

18 Jan taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #MumbaiMirror movie review: For those who relish masala movies. Especially for the single screen circuit! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/571955

18 Jan taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh#Inkaar movie review: Caters to a niche audience! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/550982 …

Jan taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh #Inkaar collected approx Rs 6.35 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri 1.75 cr,Sat2.10cr, Sun2.50cr.

21 Jan taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh#Inkaar, #MumbaiMirror have lacklustre weekend, #MKBKM falls significantly – the detailed report! http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/top5/id/932/date/2013-01-21 …

19h taran adarsh taran adarsh@taran_adarsh

#Race2 Saturday trends: Has chances of touching 20 cr, if it maintains the momentum. Awesome!

INKAAR is for a thin section of the audience only. Read my review at http://komalsreviews.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/inkaar-review/ …

19h Komal Nahta Komal Nahta @KomalNahta

Race 2: first day all-india net approx. 14.25 to 14.5 crore.


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Obituary :

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Haradhan Bandopadhyay : 

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Haradhan Bandopadhyay, a favourite actor of Satyajit Ray and a loving grandfather of Bengali films, died on January 07 , 2013 in the morning .

From “Mahanagar” to “Barfi” , his loving portrayals in films enthralled us. He is the actor who played Jhilmil’s Daju in Barfi.

S. Ramanathan :

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Producer and director S. Ramanathan died on January 09 , 2013 at the age of 83 .

He was the man , who produced ” Bombay To Goa ” [ 1972 ] and thus gave Amitabh Bachchan his first big break . Later on he produced ” Geraftaar ” [ 1985 ] and brought together Amitabh Bachchan , Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan . In between he also produced and directed ” Mahaan ” [ 1983 ] , the film which starred Amitabh Bachchan in triple role .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – January 04

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1 – Dehraadun Diary …………………………………………………. X

2 – Meri Shadi Karao ………………………………………………… X

3 – Rajdhani Express ……………………………………………….. Jimmy Sheirgill

……………………………………………………………………………. Priyanshu Chatterjee

……………………………………………………………………………. Sayali Bhagat

……………………………………………………………………………. Sudhanshu Pandey

4 – Table No. 21 ……………………………………………………… X

Second Week – January 11

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1 – Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola …………………………………… Imran Khan

…………………………………………………………………………… Anushka Sharma

…………………………………………………………………………… Arya Babbar

2 – Gangoobai ………………………………………………………… X

Third Week – January 18

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1 – Inkaar ……………………………………………………………… John Abraham

2 – Mumbai Mirror ………………………………………………….. X

3 – Bandook ………………………………………………………….. X

Fourth Week  – January 25

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1 – Akaash Vani ………………………………. ………………….. Kartik Tiwari

2 – Main Krishna Hoon ………………………………………….. Hritik Roshan [ Guest ]

………………………………………………………………………… Katrina Kaif [ Guest ]

3 – Race 2 ………………………………………  ………………….. Saif Ali Khan

……………………………………………………. …………………. John Abraham

…………………………………………………….  ………………… Jaqueline Fernandes


In total …………… 12 …………….. films got released in December . Out of these ………….. 12………… released films ……….. 06 ………… films have …………… 14 ……………. persons , who are trained by me .

Out of these ……….14 ……… persons , John Abraham comes twice and Hritik Roshan and Katrina Kaif have made guest appearances .

 

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Chhattisgarhi : Sandesh Gour  is playing main lead in ” Daai “.

 

My ………….. 01 ………………. student in ……….. 01 ………….. regional film .

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TV Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sajid Khan is one of the judges in ” Naach Baliye – 5 “ on Star Plus .

2 – Dinesh Soni is playing an important role in ” Balika Vadhu “ on Colors TV.

3 – Kunal Madhiwalla is playing Narad in ” Jai Bajrangbali “ on Sahara One TV .

4 – Akhlaque Khan is playing an important role in ” Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha “ on Colors TV .

5 – Sonali Sachdev is playing an important role in ” Sanskaar – Dharohar Apno Ki “ on Colors TV .

My ……………. 05 ……….. students in ………… 05 ……………. shows on different channels .


 

I congratulate all the above mentioned students of mine on behalf of all the current students and staff of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters . May they shine in their chosen field .

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