Supriya Pathak is known for her versatility. Some of her best roles vary widely in many aspects. She is the most famous for her comic role as Hansa in the sitcom Khichdi and the role of sinister Dhankor Baa in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, which are two quite opposite characters.
Her first acting experience was almost four decades ago when her mother Dina Pathak wanted her to act in her play Naina Gujrari. Later she was spotted by Jennifer Kendell during one of her plays who recommended Supriya to Shyam Benegal for Kalyug, which released in 1981. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Kalyug and since then there was no looking back for her. She has been active till date on the big screen, TV show and theatre.
Today, as she celebrates her 56th birthday, let's have a look at five of her most recent roles where she stole the show:
This was a character nobody could have pictured Supriya Pathak in but Sanjay Leela Bhansali. And now that we look at it, we think nobody could have done it better than her. Her verbal blows just knocked everyone off their seats. From being happy to cutting her daughter's finger, Pathak had everyone biting their nails. She won numerous awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for this character.
Wake Up Sid was about the spoilt and careless rich kid, Sid. Supriya Pathak played an acquiescent mother who always tries to fill the generation gap with her son. She was highly applauded for her role both by the critics and viewers.
Who doesn't know Hansa Parekh? Khichdi is one of the finest examples of true situation comedies. The unadulterated humor and lame jokes still crack us up. Khichdi was one of the first movies in the history of Indian Cinema to be based on a TV series. She played Hansa, the elder daughter-in-law of the Parekh family. And rest is known by all of us.
We have seen Supriya Pathak playing a mother in many movies and series, but a mother with Alzheimer's disease surely seems very interesting. All is Well may not have been received well by the audience but she always makes it a point to put her 100% in every character. Her comic timing and innocence were commendable in this one.
Unlike the name of the movie, she plays the role of what we can call a typical Indian mother. UnIndian was about a single mother (played by Tannishtha Chatterjee) who falls in love with an Australian man (played by Brett Lee). Watching Mrs. Pathak in this one is a true delight. You will relate to every bit of this mom with yours, especially if you are a daughter of a loving mom who wants you to marry an eligible Indian bachelor.
Can you think of other movies where she has done a terrific job? Let us know in the comments below.