Nirupa Roy

Nirupa Roy

Roy in Deewaar (1975)
Born Kokila Kishorechandra Bulsara
(1931-01-04)4 January 1931
Valsad, Gujarat, British India
Died 13 October 2004(2004-10-13) (aged 73)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Kamal Roy (m. 1946)
Children Yogesh, Kiran

Nirupa Roy (born Kokila Kishorechandra Bulsara; Gujarati: નિરુપા રોય; 4 January 1931 – 13 October 2004) was an Indian actress who appeared in Hindi films. Roy was mostly known for portraying character roles of the Indian mother.[1] She played leading roles in her early films and started playing mother roles during the 1970s and 1980s. Her acting career spanned more than 50 years, and she acted in more than 275 films. She was referred to as the "queen of misery" in Hindi film circles.

Personal life

Nirupa Roy was born as Kokila Kishorechandra Bulsara in Valsad, Gujarat. She was married to Kamal Roy when she was 15 and moved to Mumbai. They have two sons, Yogesh and Kiran. She changed her first name when she entered the film industry. She was very friendly with actress Shyama. She died, after having a cardiac arrest, in Mumbai on 13 October 2004 at the age of 73. She was regarded as the greatest Mother of all times in Bollywood. She was Gujarati and taught children Gujarati before she acted in films.


Nirupa Roy in 1950 film Gadano Bel

In 1946, Roy and her husband responded to an advertisement in a Gujarati paper looking for actors. She was selected and started her acting career with the Gujarati film Ranakdevi. The same year she acted in her first Hindi film, Amar Raj. One of her popular films was Do Bigha Zameen (1953). She largely played mythological characters in the films of the 1940s and 50's. Her image of a goddess was very strong and people would visit her home and seek her blessings. Among her co-stars were Trilok Kapoor (with whom she played in eighteen movies[2]), Bharat Bhushan, Balraj Sahni (Garam Coat, 1955) and Ashok Kumar.

In the 1970s, her roles as mother to the characters played by Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor made her name synonymous to the impoverished suffering mother. Her role in Deewar (1975) and its dialogues with reference to a mother and son are used as clichés.


  1. Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – Awarded
  2. Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
    1956 Munimji – Malti
    1962 Chhaya – Manorama/Aayah
    1965 Shehnaai – Shobha
  3. Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Supporting Actress Award – Won
    1961 Chhaya – Manorama/Aayah


  1. Saran, Renu (2014). Encyclopedia of Bollywood–Film Actresses. Diamond Pocket Books. pp. 74–75. ISBN 9789350836910.
  2. Rishi, Tilak (2012). Bless You Bollywood!: A Tribute to Hindi Cinema on Completing 100 Years. Trafford. p. 100. ISBN 9781466939639.
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