24 Facts About Rohini Hattangadi


Rohini Hattangadi is an Indian actress, known for her work in Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, and Gujarati films, and Marathi soap operas and theatre.


Rohini Hattangadi has won two Filmfare Awards, one National Film Award, and is the only Indian actress to win the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Kasturba Gandhi in Gandhi.


An alumna of the National School of Drama of New Delhi, Hattangadi had worked mainly in theatre when she made her movie debut with Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan in 1978.


Rohini Hattangadi was mostly offered character roles in mainstream Hindi cinema after her portrayal in Gandhi, often typecast in mother roles much ahead of her years.


Rohini Hattangadi attended Renuka Swaroop Memorial Girls High School, Pune.


Rohini Hattangadi joined the National School of Drama of New Delhi in 1971.


Rohini Hattangadi received training in Indian classical dance forms, Kathakali and Bharatnatyam for more than eight years, under the guidance of Professor Surendra Wadgaonkar.

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Jaydev Rohini Hattangadi died on 5 December 2008, aged 60, after a battle with cancer.


Once in Mumbai while still at NSD, Jayadev and Rohini Hattangadi started a Marathi theatre group in Mumbai, called "Awishkar", which went on to produce over 150 plays.


One play that Rohini Hattangadi was particularly appreciated for is Aparajita, based on a Bengali story by Nitin Sen.


Rohini Hattangadi won the 2004 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Indian theatre.


Rohini Hattangadi made her film debut with Saeed Akhtar Mirza's Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan in 1978.


Rohini Hattangadi played Kasturba Gandhi, the wife of Mahatma, played by Ben Kingsley.


Rohini Hattangadi's performance garnered her international recognition and she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1983, the only Asian to do that so far.


Rohini Hattangadi was 27 when she played the middle-aged Kasturba, and from then on was offered roles of women of this age group.


Rohini Hattangadi told of an instance when James Ivory wanted to cast for his film Heat and Dust, but he was surprised by how young she was when he met her and ultimately did not approach her for a part because he did not want to use make-up.


Rohini Hattangadi's portrayal earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, but it further consolidated her image as a mother and by this time she was type-cast in Hindi commercial cinema in motherly roles.


Rohini Hattangadi was later recognised for her small part in N Chandra's Pratighaat, and for her comic performances in Pankaj Parashar's ChaalBaaz and Ladaai, both released in 1989.


Rohini Hattangadi played the role of Sribaby, a drug kingpin, in Parashar's Jalwa.


Rohini Hattangadi worked in the Marathi film Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3 in the role of Shubhhu Mavshi.


Rohini Hattangadi played lead roles in the Marathi serials Char Divas Sasuche and Vahinisaheb and on ETV Marathi and Zee Marathi, respectively.


Rohini Hattangadi has played a parallel lead role in Marathi serial Honar Sun Me Hya Gharchi on Zee Marathi.


Rohini Hattangadi played the lead role in a series on politics in India, where she played the leader of a major political party.


Rohini Hattangadi is seen as Kashibai in the Marathi serial Swamini produced by Viren Pradhan on Colors Marathi.