Actress Padmini Kolhapure, Bollywood star of yesteryears, recently appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show and took everyone on a trip down memory lane by sharing her experiences in the Hindi film industry in the 1980s. She shared several interesting anecdotes on the show, such as when actor Anil Kapoor used tasty food to convince her to sign the 1983 film Woh Saat Din, Anil’s first film as the male lead. Padmini also shared how she had entered the industry at the young age of 7 and initially wanted to be a playback singer. However, on the insistence of her grandmother, Padmini started acting and got her first break through Dev Anand.
For those who are unaware of the life and works of this popular actress of the 80s, below is Padmini’s brief profile:
Padmini Kolhapure, the daughter of a professional musician Pandharinath Kolhapure, was born on 1st November 1965. As a child, she lent her voice to the chorus for songs in different Hindi movies, such as Yaadon Ki Baarat, Dushman Dost and Kitab. Later, she also sang for her own films such as Sadak Chaap, Saat Saheliyan, Vidhata and Hum Intezaar Karenge. She also released an album, titled Music Lovers, in collaboration with Bappi Lahiri, and performed with the legendary musician for the Greater London Council at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Padmini landed her first role as a child artist due to singer Asha Bhonsle’s recommendation to actor Dev Anand. Her first film was Ishq Ishq Ishq (1975), which led to other roles in Dreamgirl (1978), Zindagi (1976), Saajan Bina Suhagan (1978), Gehrayee (1980) and other films.
She won her first Filmfare Award (Best Supporting Actress), at the age of fifteen, for her role in 1981 film Insaf Ka Tarazu. Two years later she also won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her role in Prem Rog, becoming the youngest actress to win both these awards.
On the personal front, Padmini met her husband, Pradeep Sharma (alias Tutu Sharma), on the sets of the film Aisa Pyar Kahan, which he was producing. After a brief courtship, the couple tied the knot in 1986 and have a son together named Priyank Sharma.
After a long break from films, Padmini made a comeback in 2004, once her son had grown up. She appeared in Marathi films Manthan and Chimnee Pakhar. The latter was very successful and Padmini received a Screen Award in the Best Marathi Actress category. She then appeared in Eight Shani, a 2006 horror film, and in Mera Bachpan with Helen in 2008. The 53-year old actress was also part of theatrical productions, Kaash, Abhi To Mein Jawan Hoon and Aasman Se Gire Khajoor Pe Atke.
In 2011, she made her debut in Malayalam cinema with Karmayogi, based on Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. In 2013, she played the role of Shahid Kapoor’s mother in the comedy Phata Poster Nikla Hero. The actress will next be seen in Ashutosh Gowariker’s historical period drama, Panipat, which also features Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon. She will play the role of Gopika Bai -- the daughter of Bhikaji Naik Raste of Wai and wife of Nana Saheb Peshwa -- who was driven by extreme self-interest to secure her family’s position and ensure that her son Vishwas Rao became the next Peshwa. On Padmini’s inclusion in the movie, producer Sunita Gowariker had said, ‘I feel excited that Padmini has joined this cast. She is not only a dear friend but also a very good actress. She is just perfect for the role.’ Panipat is scheduled for release in December 2019.