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Shashikala Jawalkar

(1932-08-04)4 August 1932
Died4 April 2021(2021-04-04) (aged 88)
Other namesShashikala Saigal
Years active1944–2006
Notable work
Aarti (1962)
Gumrah (1963)
Spouse(s)Om Prakash Saigal
HonoursPadma Shri (2007)

Shashikala Saigal (née Jawalkar; 4 August 1932 – 4 April 2021),[1][2] better known by her first name, was an Indian film and television actress, who played supporting roles in hundreds of Bollywood films beginning in the 1940s.

Early years

Shashikala Jawalkar was one of six children born in Solapur, Maharashtra[3] to a Hindu Bhavsar Shimpi caste Marathi speaking family. By age 5, she had already been dancing, singing and acting on stage in many towns in Solapur district[citation needed]. When Shashikala was in her pre-teens, through ill luck, her father became bankrupt, and he brought his family to Bombay (now Mumbai), where they thought that Shashikala, the best-looking and most-talented among his children, could find work in movies. For some time, the family lived with friends and barely survived, while Shashikala wandered from one studio to another looking for work. She earned in bits and pieces till she met Noor Jehan, the reigning screen queen.

Noor Jehan's husband Shaukat Hussain Rizvi, was making the movie Zeenat then, and included Shashikala in a Qawwali scene.[4] She worked with Shammi Kapoor in film Daku (1955).[5] She struggled on and got small roles in movies made by P. N. Arora, Amiya Chakravarti, and a few other producers. She first rose to fame with her role in Hindi film Pugdi (1948) produced by Prem Narayan Arora. She got roles in V. Shantaram's Teen Batti Char Raasta (1953) [6]and a few other movies. While in her early twenties, Shashikala met and married Om Prakash Saigal, who belonged to the Kundan Lal Saigal family, and has two daughters.[7]

Acclaimed supporting roles

In 1959, she appeared in Bimal Roy's Sujata.[8] In Tarachand Barjatya's Aarti (1962), starring Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar, and Pradeep Kumar, Shashikala portrayed a negative role,[9] eventually winning a Filmfare Award.[10] Soon after, offers began to pour in to her for supporting roles. She appeared in Anupama,[11] Phool Aur Patthar,[12] Ayi Milan Ki Bela,[13] Gumrah,[14] Waqt,[15] and Khubsoorat.[9] She played a negative character in Chhote Sarkar (1974)[16] starring Shammi Kapoor and Sadhana. While her female lead co-stars usually played roles of good-natured, modest, or pious women, Shashikala usually played either flighty and feisty bubbly women or vamps who plotted the downfall of others. Later in her acting career, she would typically play the role of a sister or mother-in-law. In 80s her acclaimed performances came in films like Phir Wahi Raat, Souten, Sargam. She performed in supporting roles in more than 100 films.

Recent acting roles

Shashikala in recent years
Shashikala in recent years

In the past years, she has performed in a few television serials, including Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai for Sony, Apnaapan for Zee TV[citation needed], Dil Deke Dekho for Sab TV[citation needed]and Son Pari [17]for Star Plus. She had roles in Mother 98, Pardesi Babu,[18] Baadshah,[19] Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi[20] and Chori Chori.


Civilian Award
Film Awards
Year Award Film Category Result Ref.
1962 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Aarti Best Supporting Actress (Hindi) Won [23]
1963 Gumrah Won
1969 Rahgir Won
1960 Filmfare Awards Sujata Best Supporting Actress Nominated [10] [24]
1963 Aarti Won
1964 Gumrah Won
1965 Ayee Milan Ki Bela Nominated
1966 Himalay Ki God Mein Nominated
1967 Phool Aur Patthar Nominated
Anupama Nominated
1969 Neel Kamal Nominated

Selected filmography


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