Veteran actress Sulabha Deshpande, who acted in several Hindi and Marathi movies, has died at the age of 79, according to reports. She breathed her last at her Mumbai residence after prolonged illness.
Apart from films, she appeared in many Hindi TV serials and was a theatre artiste as well. She was associated with Marathi experimental theatre group "Rangayan," along with personalities like Vijay Tendulkar, Vijaya Mehta, and Satyadev Dubey. She co-founded in 1971 the theatre group, "Awishkar," with her husband Arvind Deshpande (who died in 1987).
She was known for delivering fine performances in films like "Bhumika" (1977), "Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan" (1978), "Gaman" (1978) and "Virasat" (1997). Her most recent appearance was in Gauri Shinde directorial, "English Vinglish," alongside Sridevi.
She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for theatre acting in Marathi and Hindi theatre in 1987. It's the highest Indian recognition given to performing artistes. She had also received the Tanveer Sanman in 2010 and had been honoured with various other awards like the Nanasaheb Phatak Puraskar, Ganpatrao Joshi Puraskar and the Vasantrao Kanetkar Puraskar.
Sulabha's death has saddened everyone, who were already mourning Razak Khan and Mohammad Ali's deaths. Several celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Rajpal Yadav, Sonu Nigam, Richa Chadha, Madhur Bhandarkar and Farah Ali Khan have mourned the veteran actress.
Take a look at the tweets here:
Sad to know about the demise of Sulabha Deshpandeji. What a lovely, warm person and wonderful actress! Also RIP boxing legend Muhammad Ali.— Madhuri Dixit-Nene (@MadhuriDixit) June 4, 2016
Day of colossal losses. RIP Mohammad Ali, Sasha Shulgin and Sulabha Deshpande :(— RichaChadha (@RichaChadha_) June 4, 2016
RIP sulabhatai. Sulabha Deshpande doyenne of theatre and films will be remembered. Esp bhumika, bazaar and jait re jait with smita patil— J (@jiteshpillaai) June 4, 2016