Sarita Joshi
Sarita Bhosle

(1941-10-17) October 17, 1941 (age 82)
Years active1950–present
  • Rajkumar Khatau
    (m. 1957; div. 1958)
  • (m. 1958; died 1979)

Sarita Joshi (née Bhosle) (born October 17, 1941[citation needed]) is an Indian actress. Cited amongst the finest and most significant actors of Gujarati and Marathi theatre, Joshi is known for her Gujarati plays done with her husband Pravin Joshi in the 1970s. She garnered widespread recognition for her role as the matriarch Godavari Thakkar in the Star Plus hit dramedy Baa Bahoo Aur Baby (2005-2010). In 1988, she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting in Gujarati by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.[1] In 2020, she has been awarded with Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award for her contribution in Art.[2] She was recently seen in (2019) Zee TV's Hamari Bahu Silk as a hard-working business woman who hates films especially 'A' grade films . Sarita Joshi is currently seen on Anupama: Namaste America a prequel web series to Star Plus show Anupamaa.[citation needed]

She is currently playing the character of Radha Limaye aka Radha Tai/Kaku in Sony Sab's Pushpa Impossible.

Early life

Sarita was born in a middle class Marathi family in Pune, though she grew up in Vadodara.[3] Her father, Bhimrao Bhosle, was a barrister and mother, Kamlabai Rane, was from Goa. She began acting on stage at the age of nine along with her sister Padmarani, due to financial problems that her family found itself in. Though she started with traditional theatre, she soon started working with noted artists like Shanta Apte.[3] She is often confused with her sister, Padmarani, who is also an actress.


After working as child actor for six years, Joshi got her first lead role at age 16. She went to act with Indian National Theatre Gujarati, and it was here that she met her future husband Pravin Joshi.[3]

She made television debut in the 1980s, with the TV series, Titliyan (Butterflies), directed by Nadira Babbar, followed by numerous series in the 90s, including, Zee TV's Zee TV's Hasratein.[3] She is best known for portraying Baa aka Godavari Labhshankar Thakkar a tough yet fair and loving matriarch in the household hit serial Baa Bahoo Aur Baby in which she was cast opposite a renowned theatre, film and television actor Arvind Vaidya with whom she also did the play named Masala Mami, which stopped on 28 March 2009 for a temporary seasonal break, but was renewed on popular demand. It is a popular show among masses and is still loved by the audience and are waiting for its next season. It ran for five years on television owing to its cast, storyline and performances. In 2009, Joshi played in the serial Kuchh Kook Hota Hai as Rani on 9X. Joshi played Asha Parekh's friend in the movie Kanyadaan in 1968 and also appeared in the song "Mil Gaye Milgaye Aaj Mere Sanam" from the same film. Joshi played Vijayanthimala's friend in the movie Pyar Hi Pyar in 1969. She also portrayed Abhishek Bachchan's mother in Guru, directed by filmmaker Mani Ratnam. She also played a central character in the 2008 movie Dasvidaniya. Joshi then travelled to the United States that year to be part of the crossover film, Bollywood Beats, starring alongside Lilette Dubey and Pooja Kumar, in a film directed by Mehul Shah. Out of all the mediums, she holds a special corner for theatre and stage performances. She claims that the joy of performing on stage is any time better than anything else and that theatre will always be her first love.[citation needed]

She stars in Star Plus' Chand Chupa Badal Mein, which is produced by Rajan Shahi as the caring, confident grandmother of female lead Nivedita, played by Neha Sargam. Her film Gangoobai has been released in theatres in January 2013 in which she plays the protagonist. She appeared in Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi in 2015 as female lead (Radhika Madan's) grandmother aka Hansa Govardhan Parekh. She was also seen playing the character of Lalita Swamy "Amma" and as "daadi maa"in the episodic story 9 saal ki dadi maa in Sab TV's serial Khidki. She played the character of Bakula - the lead role in the &TV serial Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot in 2017.She also played cameo as Champa Kaki in (2005-2006) Star Plus's Khichdi Returns.

She played the character of Subhadra in the Colors TV show Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka (2018). She was seen in Zee TV's Hamari Bahu Silk (2019) in pivotal role as Aruna Parekh aka Baa— a wealthy and hardworking business woman who hates films especially 'A' grade films, she was also reunited with her onscreen son (Subodh) played by Rajesh Kumar in Baa Bahoo Aur Baby after 9 years on television.

Personal life

Joshi was first married to Rajkumar Khatau. Later, she married theatre director and playwright Pravin Joshi.[4] She is the mother of actresses Ketki Dave, who played the role of Daksha in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and of Purbi Joshi, who appears on Comedy Circus as a host. Aruna Irani is her sister's niece from husband side.[citation needed] Her niece is Manasi Joshi Roy (wife of Rohit Roy) and nephew is actor Sharman Joshi (son in law of Prem Chopra), son of theatre veteran Arvind Joshi.[3][5]




Year Title Role Notes
1989 Titliyan
1993 Junoon Ranibai Episodes 1-3
Hasratein Shanta Ben
1999-2002 Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka. Sumitra
2000 CID Suhasini Khandra 2 episodes
2005 Khichdi Champa Kaki Guest appearance
2005-2010 Baa Bahoo Aur Baby Godavari Labhshankar Thakkar
2009 Kuch Kook Hota Hai Rani
2010-2011 Chand Chupa Badal Mein Naintara Sharma
2012 Savdhaan India Season 1; Episode 209
Byaah Hamari Bahoo Ka Tuljabai Dolkar
2013 Adaalat Kavita
Bh Se Bhade Kalyani Joshi
2014-2016 Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi Hansa Govardhandas Parekh
2016 Khidki Lalita Swami / Gomati
2017 Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot Bakula
Ayushman Bhava Payal Cameo
2018 Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka Subhadra (Cameo) Cameo
Khichdi Champa Kaki Guest
2019 Hamari Bahu Silk Aruna Parekh
2022–present Pushpa Impossible Radha Limaye


Year Title Role Language
1967 Parivar Amba Hindi
1968 Kanyadaan Hindi
1972 Janam Tip Gujarati
1974 Trimurti Hindi
1983 Khamma Mara Lal Gujarati
1988 Main Zinda Hoon Hindi
1992 Karm Yodha Mrs. Dasgupta Hindi
2005 Nazar Hindi
2006 Darna Zaroori Hai Satish's Mother Hindi
2007 Guru Mrs. Desai Hindi
2008 Dasvidaniya Maa Hindi
2009 Bollywood Beats Vina English
2010 10ml LOVE Hindi
2013 Gangoobai Gangoobai Hindi
2014 Singham Returns Mrs. Jadhav Hindi
2016 Samuel Street Sarita Joshi English
2018 Simmba Bharti Ranade Hindi
2021 Roohi Budhiya Hindi
2023 12th Fail Dadi Hindi

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2021 Metro Park 2 Mummy
2022 Anupama: Namaste America Moti Baa [6]


Joshi being awarded Padma Shri, c. 2021

Other awards include:


  1. ^ "Theatre - Acting (Language Theatre-wise) - Gujarati". Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Press Note" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2020. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 September 2022. Retrieved 11 November 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e "All in the family". Indian Today. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Twining". Screen. 22 March 2002. Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Baa, beti aur baby". MiD DAY. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Sarita Joshi to play Moti Baa in "Anupamaa:Namaste America"". The Tribune. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  7. ^ "Sarita Joshi on her Padma Shri win: The honour has motivated me to work harder and with even more passion". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Padma Shri Sarita Joshi honoured". Ahmedabad Mirror. 25 June 2023. Retrieved 23 January 2024.