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    Veteran actress Sulochana Latkar, screen mom to many stars, passes away


    Jun 4, 2023

    Mumbai: Veteran actor Sulochana Latkar during the 4th Hridaynath Mangeshkar Awards in Mumbai on Oct. 26, 2014. (Photo: IANS)
    digital desk,Mumbai Veteran actress Sulochana Latkar, who played memorable roles in over 250 Hindi and over 50 Marathi films and was the mother of many top stars, died here on Sunday. She was 94 years old.Bollywood sources said that he breathed his last at a private hospital here on Sunday evening.

    Sulochana was popular in the film industry and was noted for a wide range of roles. From supporting roles to the epitome of motherly power, she remained popular with the audience for more than six decades. Some of her memorable early Marathi films as the lead heroine were: Sasurvas, Vahinichya Bangadya, Meet Bhakar, Sangatye Aika, Shakti Jau and many more.

    Born in Khadakalat village of Belagavi (now in Karnataka) on July 30, 1928, Sulochana made her film debut in 1946. Among her top Bollywood films was Bimal Roy’s classic Bandini (1963), which is still remembered fondly.

    Other Hindi films in which he acted include Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Duniya, Ameer Garib, Baharon Ke Sapne, Kati Patang, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Pyaar Mohabbat, Johny Mera Naam, Warrant, Joshila, Doli, Prem Nagar, Assav, Bhola Bhala, Tyag, Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka, Adhikar, Nai Roshni, Aaye Din Bahaar Ke, Aai Milan Ki Bela, Ab Dilli Door Nahi, Majboor, Gora Aur Kala, Dewar, Kahani Kismit Ki, Talaash and Azad.

    Over the years, she played mother to many stars including Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rajendra Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar, Nutan, Asha Parekh, Waheeda Rehman, Zeenat Aman, Tanuja, etc. Sulochana was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

    The Government of Maharashtra conferred the Maharashtra Bhushan Award, the state’s highest honour. The senior actress, who was admitted to the hospital by an acquaintance of Prabhadevi resident and was taking care of her due to old age-related complications and breathing problems, breathed her last peacefully on Sunday evening.

    Top leaders including CM Eknath Shinde, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajit Pawar, NCP President Sharad Pawar, Congress state president Nana Patole, Shiv Sena-UBT leaders and other personalities have condoled his demise. Prominent Bollywood and Marathi film personalities also took to social media and condoled Sulochana’s demise and remembered her immense contribution to the film industry. The body of Sulochana will be cremated on Monday with full state honours.

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