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Sulochana Latkar

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Sulochana Latkar
Sulochana Latkar (May 2011).jpg Sulochana Latkar (May 2011).jpg
Latkar in 2011
Born (1928-07-30) 30 July 1928 (age 92)
Belgaum, Bombay Presidency, British India
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1946–1995
🏅 AwardsChitra Bhushan
Maharashtra Bhushan
Padma Shri

Sulochana Latkar (born 30 July 1928) known by her screen name Sulochana, is a well-known actress of Marathi and Hindi cinema and has acted in 50 films in Marathi and around 250 films in Hindi. She is most known for her performances in Marathi films such as Vahinichya Bangdya (1953), Meeth Bhakar and Dhakti Jau in the lead roles,[1] as well as for the mother roles she played in Hindi cinema right from 1959 film Dil Dekhe Dekho to the year 1995. She and Nirupa Roy epitomized the "mother" roles right from 1959 until the early 1990s.


Sulochana Latkar made her debut in films in 1946. She was often paired opposite Nazir Hussain and Ashok Kumar throughout her career in Hindi films. She quoted in an interview that she loved playing mother to three actors - Sunil Dutt, Dev Anand and Rajesh Khanna. She often played mother or as close relative in Hindi films with Sunil Dutt as the leading man such as in Heera, Jhoola, Ek Phool Char Kante, Sujatha, Mehrbaan (1967), Chirag, Bhai Bahen (1969), Reshma Aur Shera, Umar Qaid, Muqabla, Jaani Dushman and Badle Ki Aag. She was a regular in films with Dev Anand in the lead roles, where either Dev Anand was her son or relative and some of their films together were Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai, Pyar Mohabbat, Duniya (1968), Jhonny Mera Naam, Amir Garib, Warrant and Joshila. Since 1969, she often played an on-screen close relative to the character played by Rajesh Khanna and some of their famous films included Bahraon Ke Sapne, Doli, Kati Patang, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Dil Daulat Duniya, Prem Nagar, Aakraman, Bhola Bhala, Tyaag, Aashiq Hoon Baharaon Ka and Adhikar (1986). Her other best known films include Nai Roshni (1967), Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Aaye Milan Ki Bela, Ab Dilli Dur Nahin, Majboor, Gora Aur Kala, Devar, Bandini, Kahani Kismat Ki, Talaash (1969) and Azaad (1978).

In 2003, she was awarded the Chitrabhushan Award instituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Baburao Painter, one of the founders of the modern Marathi cinema.[1]


Latkar is a recipient of the civilian honour of Padma Shri (1999).[2] She was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. In 2009, she was awarded the Maharashtra Bhushan Award by the Government of Maharashtra.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She now stays at Prabhadevi, Mumbai.[4] She was married at 14. Her daughter's name is Kanchan Ghanekar who was the wife of Marathi stage superstar Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar. [5]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Movie Name Character Language
1957 Ab Dilli Dur Nahin Bela Hindi
1959 Sangte Aika Sakharam's wife Marathi
1959 Dil Deke Dekho Jamuna Hindi
1961 Sampoorna Ramayana Kaikeyi Hindi
1963 Molkarin Gayabai Marathi
1963 Bandini Hindi
1964 Maratha Tituka Melvava Jijabai Marathi
1965 Sadhi Manse Marathi
1965 Johar-Mehmood in Goa Mother Superior Mary Hindi
1966 Devar Shakuntala M. Singh Hindi
1967 Nai Roshni Prakash's mother Hindi
1968 Ekatee Madhu's mother Marathi
1968 Sunghursh Shankar's wife Hindi
1968 Saraswatichandra Kumud's mother Hindi
1968 Aadmi Shekhar's mother Hindi
1969 Sambandh Sumathi Hindi
1970 Kati Patang Mrs. Dinanath Hindi
1970 Johny Mera Naam Sohan and Mohan's mother Hindi
1970 Main Sunder Hoon Sunder's mother Hindi
1972 Dil Daulat Duniya Guest Appearance Hindi
1973 Kahani Kismat Ki Mrs Sharma Hindi
1974 Majboor Mrs. Khanna Hindi
1974 Kasauti Sapna's Mother Hindi
1978 Muqaddar Ka Sikandar Vishal's mother Hindi
1980 Aasha Jeetendra's mother Hindi
1983 Zara Si Zindagi Rakesh's mother Hindi
1984 Sasu Varchadh Jawai Ashok Saraf's mother Marathi
1986 Kala Dhanda Goray Log Hindi
1988 Khoon Bhari Maang J.D.'s Mother Hindi


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sulochana wins top cine award". Times of India. 4 June 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  2. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. Nitsure-Joshi, Manisha (30 Nov 2009). "हा तर माझ्या घरचा आहेर!". Maharashtra Times. Mumbai. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  4. "Actress Sulochana's 72nd birthday". 11 Aug 2000.
  5. "Changing face of Bollywood screen mothers".

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See also[edit]

Kashinath Ghanekar (Son-in-law Married to Sulochana's daughter Kanchan)