Usha Kiran


Usha Kiran (22 April 1929 – 9 March 2000) was an Indian film actress. In a career spanning over four decades, she acted in over 50 Hindi and Marathi films, notably Daag (1952), Patita (1953), Baadbaan (1954), Chupke Chupke (1975), Mili (1975) and Bawarchi (1972). She was also the Sheriff of Mumbai during 1996 and 1997.[1]

Usha Kiran
Usha Kiran in Baadbaan (1954)
Born(1929-04-22)22 April 1929
Died9 March 2000(2000-03-09) (aged 70)
OccupationActress
Years active1949–2000
Spouse(s)Dr Manohar Kher
ChildrenTanvi Azmi, Advait Kher

Career


She began her acting career on stage with M.G. Rangnekar's Marathi play Ashirwad.[2] She entered the Hindi film industry with a small role in Uday Shankar's dance-drama film Kalpana (1948). She went on to act in numerous popular Hindi films such as Nazrana (1961), Daag (1952), and Baadbaan (1954), (for which she won the very first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1955),[3] Kabuliwala (1961), Patita (1953), Mili, Bawarchi (1972) and Chupke Chupke (1975).[4]

Her famous Marathi films include Shikleli Bayko, Jasach Tase, Postatli Mulgi, Dudh Bhakar, Stree Janma Hi Tuzi Kahani, Kanyadaan (for which she received the Maharashtra Government's award for best actress), Gariba Gharchi Lek, and Kanchanganga.

She starred opposite Hindi film actors such as Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan.

She died in Nashik at the age of 70.[1]

Personal life


Her father's name was Balkrishna Vishnu Marathe and mother's name was Radha. She was the second among five daughters. She was married to Dr. Manohar Kher, who was Dean of LTMMG (Sion) hospital, Mumbai. They were the parents of two children, a son, Advait Kher and a daughter, Tanvi Azmi. Usha Kiran's son Adwait is a former model, now settled in Nashik with his wife Uttara (who was Femina Miss India - 1982) and his two daughters Saunskruti Kher and Saiyami Kher.[5] Usha Kiran's daughter Tanvi Azmi is a well known television and film actress, married to cinematographer Baba Azmi, brother of Shabana Azmi.[6]

Selected filmography


  • Kalpana (1948)
  • Garibi (1949)
  • Shri Krishna Darshan (1950)
  • Raj Rani (1950)
  • Gauna (1950)
  • Bhagwan Shri Krishna (1950)
  • Shri Vishnu Bhagwan (1951)
  • Sarkar (1951)
  • Maya Machhindra (1951)
  • Madhosh (1951) - Raina
  • Mard Maratha (1952)
  • Lal Kunwar (1952)
  • Dhobi Doctor (1952)
  • Daag (1952) - Pushpa 'Pushpi'
  • Patita (1953) - Radha
  • Husn Ka Chor (1953)
  • Dhuaan (1953)
  • Dost (1954)
  • Aulad (1954)
  • Shobha (1954)
  • Samaj (1954)
  • Badshah (1954)
  • Baadbaan (1954)
  • Adhikar (1954) - Usha
  • Oot Patang (1955)
  • Bahu (1955)
  • Guru Ghantal (1956)
  • Parivar (1956)
  • Ayodhyapati (1956)
  • Anuraag (1956)
  • Aawaz (1956) - Bela
  • Raja Vikram (1957)
  • Musafir (1957) - Uma
  • Jeevan Saathi (1957)
  • Dushman (1957) - Sheela
  • Trolley Driver (1958)
  • Shikleli Baiko (1959)
  • Saata Janmachi Sobti (1959) - Pramila Jadhav / Pramila M. Mohite
  • Mehndi Rang Lagyo (1960) - Alka
  • Kanyadaan (1960)
  • Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere (1960) - Prema
  • Kabuliwala (1961) - Rama, Mini's mother
  • Tanhai (1961)
  • Nazrana (1961) - Geeta
  • Mansala Pankh Astat (1961)
  • Amrit Manthan (1961)
  • Gharni Shobha (1963)
  • Gehra Daag (1963) - Usha
  • Bawarchi (1972) - Shobha Sharma
  • Badi Maa (1974)
  • Chupke Chupke (1975) - Sumitra Sharma
  • Mili (1975) - Sharda Khanna
  • Lage Bandhe (1979)
  • Fatakadi (1980) - Laxmi Narayan
  • Chambal Ki Kasam (1980) - Jamuna Devi
  • Samraat (1982) - Mrs. Chawla
  • Mehndi (1983) - Gautam's mom
  • Bahurani (1989) - Mrs. Laxmi Chaudhary (Amit's Mom) (uncredited)
  • Pranali: The Tradition (2008) - Lady at Road
  • Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) - Groom's Mother (final film role)

References


  1. "Actress Usha Kiran passes away at 71". The Indian Express. 10 March 2000.
  2. Mass media 2001. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Research, Reference, and Training Division. Government of India, 2001. ISBN 81-230-0942-9. p. 152.
  3. Awards IMDb.
  4. Filmography IMDb.
  5. Romancing Old Pieces Newblaze, 17 August 2009.
  6. THE DYNAMIC DYNASTIES: What would the world of films be without them? Archived 10 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine Screen, 22 September 2000.