Mumbai: Veteran actor Sulochana Latkar died on Sunday due to prolonged illness at a hospital in Mumbai, her grandson-in-law Parag Ajgavkar confirmed. She passed away at around 6.30 pm. She had a respiratory tract infection for which she was admitted on May 8 She was 94.
She was admitted to Shushrusha Hospital in Dadar on May 8. Her last rites will take place on Monday at Shivaji Park Crematorium along with the funeral at her residence from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Mrs Sulochana Latkar, a well-known actor of Marathi and Hindi cinema, started her career in 1940s and went on to feature in over 250 films. She was born on July 30, 1928, in Maharashtra, India, and her real name was Sulochana Sopan Hawaldar. Latkar made a significant impact on the film industry, primarily in Marathi and Hindi cinema, during the golden era of Indian cinema.
Latkar began her acting career in the late 1940s and quickly gained recognition for her versatile performances. She had a remarkable ability to portray a wide range of characters, from strong and independent women to vulnerable and emotional ones. Her talent and dedication to her craft made her one of the most respected actresses of her time.
In her illustrious career, Latkar acted in over 250 films across various languages. She worked with some of the most prominent directors and actors of her era, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. Some of her notable films include "Bhagwan Dada" (1956), "Dhool Ka Phool" (1959), "Grahasthi" (1963), "Lekin..." (1991), and "Tehzeeb" (2003). Her performances were praised for their depth, authenticity, and ability to connect with the audience.
Aside from her acting prowess, Sulochana Latkar was also known for her graceful presence and charismatic personality. She had a strong screen presence that captivated audiences and made her a favorite among fans. Her dedication to her craft and professionalism set an example for aspiring actors in the industry.
Sulochana Latkar's contribution to cinema was widely acknowledged, and she received several accolades throughout her career. She was honored with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award in 2015 for her exceptional contribution to Indian cinema.
Even though she retired from acting in the late 2000s, Sulochana Latkar's legacy continues to inspire and influence generations of actors. Her remarkable body of work, talent, and dedication to her craft will always be remembered, solidifying her status as a legendary actress in the annals of Indian cinema.