Padmini Kolhapure

Padmini Kolhapure

Kolhapure in April 2014
Born 01 November 1965[1]
Bombay, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater st Xavier college mumbai
Occupation Actress, singer
Spouse(s) Pradeep Sharma (m. 1986)
Relatives See Kolhapure family

Padmini Kolhapure (Marathi: पद्मिनी कोल्हापुरे; born 1 November 1965) is an Indian actress and singer who appeared primarily in Hindi films. Through her successful career she received two Filmfare Awards and was one of the most popular actress in the 1980s.

Kolhapure, at the age of fifteen won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the revenge drama Insaf Ka Tarazu (1981) and at the age of seventeen, won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the tragic romance Prem Rog (1983), thus becoming the second youngest actress to win the awards in the respective categories.

Early life

Padmini Kolhapure was born second among the three daughters of Pandharinath Kolhapure, a professional musician, by his wife Anupama Kolhapure. Her older sister is the former actress Shivangi Kapoor, wife of actor Shakti Kapoor and mother of actor Siddhanth Kapoor and actress Shraddha Kapoor. Her younger sister is the actress Tejaswini Kolhapure.[2]

The family took the surname "Kolhapure" because they hailed from Kolhapur.[3] Padmini's father, Pandharinath Kolhapure, was a talented vocalist and Veena player. He was the son of Pandit Krishnarao Kolhapure (partner Balvant Natak Academy along with Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar), an exponent of Natya Sangeet who had enjoyed the patronage of the Baroda Durbar. Pandharinath's mother was the half-sister of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, and sister of Balwantrao Abhisheki, the father of vocalist Jitendra Abhisheki. Thus, Padmini is a niece of legendary singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle.[4] Padmini's mother, Nirupama Kolhapure, was born into a Konkani-speaking Saraswat Brahmin family belonging to Mangalore in Karnataka. She formerly used to work as ground staff with Air India.[3]

While working for the film Aisa Pyar Kahan, Padmini met Pradeep Sharma, alias Tutu Sharma, who was the producer of the film. They were married after a brief courtship in 1986. They have a son named Priyank Sharma.[5] Padmini and Pradeep celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary recently.


As a child, she sang in the chorus for songs in films like Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Kitab and Dushman Dost with her sister Shivangi. Padmini later sang for her own films like Vidhaata ("Saat Saheliyan"), Hum Intezaar Karenge and Sadak Chaap (with Kishore Kumar). She released an album with Bappi Lahiri titled Music Lovers. She performed for the Greater London Council at the Royal Albert Hall in London with Bappi Lahiri and his troupe in 1986.

Asha Bhosle suggested Padmini's name to Dev Anand, who then cast her in Ishq Ishq Ishq (1975). This led to other films, such as Dreamgirl (1978), Zindagi (1976), and Saajan Bina Suhagan (1978). She also gave a very commendable performance of a school girl inflicted by black magic in Gehrayee (1980).

Her mother quit her airlines job to be a full-time chaperone as Padmini picked up more roles. Her most famous child role was playing a child in Raj Kapoor's 1977 film Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Her success led to her most controversial role in Insaaf Ka Tarazu (1980), a remake of Lipstick (1976), where she played the rape victim that was originally played by Mariel Hemingway. She earned the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance. She graduated to heroine roles at the age of 15 in Nasir Hussain's Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai opposite Rishi Kapoor. The film flopped, but she reunited with Rishi for his father Raj Kapoor's film Prem Rog in 1982. The film earned her a Filmfare Best Actress Award. She earned a special acting award for Ahista Ahista.

Padmini was known for her professionalism and diligence. She even worked when she had fever on Do Dilon Ki Dastaan. She had more box office hits, such as Vidhaata (1982) and Souten (1983). She had a huge hit with Pyar Jhukta Nahin (1985) with Mithun Chakraborty, and they were paired together in several more films. She agreed to work with Anil Kapoor when he was a newcomer in his first film, Woh Saat Din (1983). The movie was a hit and helped cement his name in the Indian film industry; Anil Kapoor attributes his eventual success in the film industry to her 'luck'.[6]

Come back

After her son grew up, she returned to acting in 2004, such as for the Marathi films Manthan and Chimnee Pakhra, which was a huge hit and earned her a Screen Award in the Best Marathi Actress category. She appeared in the 2006 horror film Eight Shani.[7][8] In 2011, she made her foray into Malayalam cinema with V. K. Prakash's Karmayogi, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet.[9][10]

She was considered to play the role of Tulsi Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi after Smriti Irani left the project, but the role was ultimately played by Gautami Kapoor.

She appeared in Mera Bachpan with Helen in 2008. She has also acted on stage in Kaash, followed by Abhi To Mein Jawan Hoon and Aasman Se Gire Khajoor Pe Atke,[11][12][13] with her brother-in-law Shakti Kapoor.


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Year Film Role Notes
1976 Zindagi Guddu N. Shukla as Padmini Kolapuri
1977 Dream girl little Orphan as Baby Padmini
1978 Saajan Bina Suhagan BulBul Chopra as Baby Padmini
1978 Satyam Shivam Sundaram Young Rupa as Baby Padmini
1980 Thodisi Bewafaii Meenu Nandu's Girlfriend
1980 Gehrayee Uma Chenna Basappa's Daughter
1980 Insaaf Ka Tarazu
1981 Ahista Ahista Chandra
1981 Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai
1982 Prem Rog Manorama (Rama)
1982 Vidhaata Durga
1982 Star
1983 Lovers Mary
1983 Pyaar Jhukta Nahin Preeti B. Pratap / Preeti A. Khanna
1983 Mazdoor Meena D. Saxena / Meena A. Mathur
1983 Souten Radha
1983 Woh Saat Din Maya
1984 Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan Salma Mirza
1985 Aaj Ka Daur Durga Agnihotri
1985 Rahi Badal Gaye Sangeeta
1985 Pyari Behna Mangla
1985 Insaaf Main Karoonga Pinky
1986 Anubhav (1986) Gauri
1986 Swarag Se Sunder Lalita Choudhury
1986 Aisa Pyaar Kahan Pooja
1986 Muddat Kalpana
1986 Kirayadar Jaya Abhyankar
1986 Pyar Kiya Hai Pyar Karenge Usha
1986 Preeti Preeti
1987 Jhanjhaar
1987 Pyar Ke Kabil Sangeeta A. Kapoor
1987 Dadagiri
1988 Hum Intezaar Karenge Manisha V. Anand
1989 Dana Paani Chanda
1993 Professor Ki Padosan Menaka Khanna
1999 Rockford Producer
2003 Chimani Pakhar Marathi film
2005 Manthan Marathi film
2006 Souten: The Other Woman Smita S. Singh
2006 Eight: The Power of Shani Radha S. Rai
2009 Bolo Raam Archana Kaushik Mother of Raam
2012 Karmayogi Mankamma Rudran's Mother[14]
2012 Mai Madhu Daughter Of Asha Bhosle
2013 Phata Poster Nikla Hero Mrs. Rao Mother of Vishwas Rao
2015 Karbonn


Filmfare awards and nominations

Other awards and nominations


  2. Ashok Kumar ( (13 August 2008). "Working for TV serial was frustrating: Tejaswini". Express India. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  3. 1 2 If I had my way, I would have worked with Raj Kapoor all my life: Padmini Kolhapure Times of India 13 September 2013
  4. I feel bad about it: Pt. Pandharinath DNA 16 June 2009
  5. Starkid on the block: Priyank Sharma Hindustan Times 28 January 2013
  6. Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. Archived from the original on 22 September 2005. Retrieved 7 May 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. Archived from the original on 22 January 2005. Retrieved 7 May 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. "Padmini Kolhapure in V. K. Prakash's Karmayogi". 13 October 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  10. Unni R. Nair. (11 March 2011). "Karmayogi: Hamlet retold". Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  12. Aasman se gire khajoor pe atke Sep 14 2012 002. 15 September 2012 via YouTube.
  13. Aasman Se Gire, Khajoor Pe Atke Sep 14 2012 001. 15 September 2012 via YouTube.
  14. Karmayogi film in Wiki
  15. "Padmini Kolhapure to enter as love interest of Suresh Modi". Pinkvilla. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  16. 1st Filmfare Awards 1953
  17. Kalakar Awards
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