Mumbai: Bollywood veteran actress Shashikala has passed away today in Mumbai. Sasikala had acted in more than 100 films, was 88 years old.
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 in to her for supporting roles. She appeared in Anupama, Phool Aur Patthar,[ Ayi Milan Ki Bela, Gumrah, Waqt, and Khubsoorat.
She played a negative character in Chhote Sarkar (1974) starring Shammi Kapoor and Sadhana. While her female lead co-stars usually played roles of good-natured, modest, or pious women, Shashikala usually played either flighty and feisty bubbly women or vamps who plotted the downfall of others. Later in her acting career, she would typically play the role of a sister or mother-in-law. In the 80s her acclaimed performances came in films like Phir Wahi Raat, Souten, Sargam. She performed in supporting roles in more than 100 films.
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
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