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Who was Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal?

Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal was born on 4 August 1932, better known by her first name Shashikala. She was an Indian film and television actress, who has played supporting roles in hundreds of Bollywood films.

Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal Latest News

Veteran actress Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal (née Jawalkar) passed away at her residence on Sunday. Better known by her first name Shashikala, the actress was 88 years old. However, the reason for her demise is unknown. The family is yet to release an official statement.

Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal Biography/Wiki

BornShashikala Jawalkar
4 August 1932 (age 88)
Solapur, Bombay Presidency, British India
Other namesShashikala Om Prakash Saigal div 2020
Years active1944–present
Notable workAarti (1962)
Gumrah (1963)
Spouse(s)Om Prakash Saigal
Awards2 Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress
HonoursPadma Shri (2007)

Early years

Shashikala Jawalkar was one of six children born in Solapur, Maharashtra 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 the Solapur district. 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.

Best Supporting Roles

In 1959, she appeared in Bimal Roy’s Sujata. In Tarachand Barjatya’s Aarti (1962), starring Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar, and Pradeep Kumar, Shashikala portrayed a negative role, eventually winning a Filmfare Award. Soon after, offers began to pour into her for supporting roles.

Recent acting roles

In the past ten years, she has performed in a few television serials, including Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai for Sony, Apnaapan for Zee TV, Dil Deke Dekho for Sab TV, and Son Pari for Star Plus. She had roles in Mother ‘98Pardesi BabuBaadshahKabhi Khushi Kabhie GhamMujhse Shaadi Karogi and Chori Chori.

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Shashikala has received eight nominations for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and won the award twice:

  • 1962: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, for a role in Aarti
  • 1963: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, for a role in Gumrah
  • She received several awards for Best Supporting Actress (Hindi) at the Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards – for Aarti in 1963, for Gumrah in 1964, for Rahgir in 1970.
  • Shashikala Jawalkar received the Padma Shri award (the fourth highest civilian award) in the year 2007 for her contribution to Indian Cinema. When she received the award, she said: “I have been recognized for this award very late, and indeed, I should have got this award long back.” She received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the V. Shantaram Awards in 2009.

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