Padmini Kolhapure - Singer and Actor
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As a child, she sang in the chorus for songs in films like Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Kitab and Dushman Dost along with her sister Shivangi (married to Shakti Kapoor). Padmini also later sang for her own films like Vidhaata ("Saat Saheliyan"), Hum Intezaar Karenge and Sadak Chaap (with Kishore Kumar). She also released an album with Bhappi Lahri called Music Lovers.
It was Asha Bhosle who 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, and Saajan Bina Suhagan (1978). She also gave a very commendable performance of a young school girl inflicted by black magic in Gehrayee (1980). 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). She earned the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance. She also 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 Kapoor for his father Raj Kapoor's film Prem Rog in 1982. The film earned her a Filmfare Best Actress Award. She also earned a special acting award for Ahista Ahista.
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).
Kolhapure married producer Pradeep Sharma, alias Tutu Sharma, after he cast her in Aisa Pyar Kahan. She has a son named Priyank.
She returned to acting in 2004, in a Marathi film Manthan and Chimnee Pakhra, which was a huge hit and earned her a Screen Award in the Best Marathi Actress category. She also appeared in the 2006 horror film Eight Shani. In 2011, she made her foray into Malayalam cinema with V. K. Prakash's Karmayogi, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet.