Suhasini Mulay

Last updated

Suhasini Mulay
Suhasini Mulay graces the screening of Sonata.jpg
Suhasini Mulay in April 2017
Born (1950-11-20) 20 November 1950 (age 70)
Years active1969 – present
(m. 2011)

Suhasini Mulay (born 20 November 1950) is an Indian actress in Bollywood, Marathi and Assamese films as well as television. She won National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1999, for her performance in Gulzar's film Hu Tu Tu . [2] [3] [4]


Early life and education

Suhasini was born in Patna where she spent the early part of her childhood. She lost her father when she was only three and was brought up by her mother, noted documentary filmmaker and film historian Vijaya Mulay. Suhasini was attracted to film because of her mother. [5]


In 1965 she was chosen by Pears Soap to be its model. It was this ad film which caught Mrinal Sen's attention and he signed her for Bhuvan Shome (1969). [6]

Though Bhuvan Shome proved to be a milestone in Indian cinema, Suhasini did not pursue acting as a career. Instead she enrolled at the prestigious McGill University in Montreal, Canada for a course in agricultural technology with specialization in soil chemistry and microbiology. She also obtained a degree in mass communication, and majored in film, radio, TV, journalism and print from the same university.

Suhasini returned to India in 1975 and worked as an assistant to Satyajit Ray in the Bengali film Jana Aranya . [7] Later she joined Mrinal Sen as an assistant director in Mrigaya . [8] Since then, she has been actively producing films and has made over 60 documentaries. She achieved national awards for four of them.

Almost 30 years after Bhuvan Shome, she made a great comeback to mainstream Bollywood cinema, through Gulzar's Hu Tu Tu for which she received a national award as the best supporting actress. [9] She has been playing mother roles in Bollywood since then. She has worked on Jaane Kya Baat Hui , a television serial. Currently she completed her latest film PEEDA directed by Hemant Verma. PEEDA recently received best feature film award at FOG film festival USA.

Personal life

Mulay was in a long live-in relationship with Dr. Amol Sonawane that ended in 1990. On 16 January 2011 she got married at Arya Samaj to a physicist, Prof. Atul Gurtu. [1]



1969 Bhuvan Shome GauriBollywood debut
1980 Bhavni Bhavai
1982 Ramnagari Ram Nagarkar's wife
1982 Aparoopa AparoopaTitular character
1987 Sadak Chhap
1993 Shatranj Mrs. Usha D. Verma
1999 Hu Tu Tu Malti BaiWon the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2001 Lagaan : Once Upon A Time In IndiaYashodamai
2001 Dil Chahta Hai Sid's Mother
2001 Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar Paresh Rawal's Sister
2002 Filhaal
2002 Humraaz Dadima (Raj's Grandmother)
2002 Deewangee Judge
2003 Baaz: A Bird in Danger
2003 Kuch Naa Kaho Dr. Malhotra (Raj's Mother)
2003 Khel Dadi
2004Hum Kaun HaiAnita
2005HananCompleted, not released
2005 Page 3
2005 Sehar Prabha Kumar
2005 Sitam
2005 Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi Dadi
2006 Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai Durga's Mother
2006 Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota Namrata
2006 Naksha
2006 Hope and a Little Sugar Mrs. Oberoi
2007 Big Brother
2007 Dhamaal Landlord
2007 Speed
2008 Mithya
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Rani Padmawati
2008 My Friend Ganesha 2
2008 Chamku
2009 13B Mother in Serial
2009 Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye
2009 The White Land
2009 Tumhare Liye
2009 Bits And Pieces
2009 Rang Rasiya
2013 Club 60 Mrs. Mansukhani
2014 Gandhi of the Month Mrs. Kurien
2015 Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Grand Mother of Rajkumari Maithili
2015 Hamari Adhuri Kahani Hari's Mother
2016 Rocky Handsome Carla Aunty
2016 Mohenjo Daro Laashi, Maham's wife
2017 Basmati Blues Mrs. Patel
Peeda Mrs. Malik


Chaldi Da Naam Gaddi
Jabb Love Hua
Piya Ka Ghar
Jaane Kya Baat Hui
Tithir Atithi
Ek Tha Rusty Miss Bean
Princess Dollie Aur Uska Magic Bag
Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi Maan's grandmotherStar One
Dil Se Diya Vachan
Kya Mast Hai Life TV show on Disney Channel
Hum- Ek Chote Gaon Ki Badi KahaniRetelecasting and remake of Hum Log
Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev Parvati's grandmother
Hongey Judaa Na Hum Aniruddh's grandmother
Desh Ki Beti Nandini Rajveer's grandmother
Udaan Shakuntala Singh
Everest Shikha maa


2000 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Hu Tu Tu Nominated [10]
National Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [11]

Related Research Articles

Sushmita Sen Indian actress and Miss Universe 1994

Sushmita Sen is an Indian actress and model who was crowned Femina Miss India in 1994 and won Miss Universe 1994 at the age of 18. Sen is the first Indian to win the competition and has since primarily worked in Hindi films.

Mrinal Sen Indian film director

Mrinal Sen was an Indian film director and a nominated Member of the Indian parliament. Sen directed films primarily in Bengali and Hindi. Along with his contemporaries Ritwik Ghatak, Tapan Sinha and Satyajit Ray he pioneered the New Wave cinema in India. He has received multiple awards, including 18 National Film Awards. The Government of India has awarded him the Padma Bhushan, and the Government of France has awarded him the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, while Russian Government awarded him Order of Friendship. Sen was also awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. He was the only Indian filmmaker along with Satyajit Ray whose films have been awarded at the big three film festivals namely the Cannes film festival, Venice Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival. Sen was a self described "private Marxist".

Sharmila Tagore Indian actress

Sharmila Tagore, also known as Begum Ayesha Sultana Khan, is a retired Indian actress. Primarily known for her work in Hindi and Bengali cinema, Tagore is the recipient of two National Film Awards, a Filmfare Award, and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to Hindi cinema. In 2013, the Government of India, honoured her with Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour for her contributions to the Indian culture through performing arts.

<i>Fiza</i> 2000 Indian film directed by Khalid Mohammed

Fiza is a 2000 Indian Hindi-language crime thriller film written and directed by Khalid Mohammed. It stars Karisma Kapoor in the title role, along with Hrithik Roshan as her terrorist brother and Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan as their mother. The movie was produced by Pradeep Guha on a budget of ₹55 million and had a theatrical release worldwide on 8 September 2000.

Smita Patil Indian actress

Smita Patil was an Indian actress of film, television and theatre. Regarded among the finest stage and film actresses of her times and one of the greatest film actresses of all time, Smita Patil appeared in over 80 Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam and Kannada films in a career that spanned just over a decade. During her career, she received two National Film Awards and a Filmfare Award. She was the recipient of the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour in 1985. She made her film debut with Shyam Benegal's Charandas Chor (1975). She became one of the leading actresses of parallel cinema, a New Wave movement in India cinema, though she also appeared in several mainstream movies throughout her career. Her performances were often acclaimed, and her most notable roles include Manthan (1977), Bhumika (1977), Jait Re Jait (1978), Aakrosh (1980), Chakra (1981), Namak Halaal (1982), Bazaar (1982), Umbartha (1982), Shakti (1982), Arth (1982), Ardh Satya (1983), Mandi (1983), Aaj Ki Awaaz (1984), Chidambaram (1985), Mirch Masala (1985), Amrit (1986) and Waaris (1988).

<i>Hu Tu Tu</i> 1999 film directed by Gulzar

Hu Tu Tu is a 1999 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Gulzar, starring Tabu, Nana Patekar, Sunil Shetty, and Suhasini Mulay.

Konkona Sen Sharma Indian actress

Konkona Sen Sharma is an Indian actress, writer, and director who works primarily in Hindi and Bengali films. She has received two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. The daughter of filmmaker–actress Aparna Sen, Sen Sharma appears primarily in arthouse independent films, and her achievements in the genre have established her as one of the leading actresses of contemporary parallel cinema. She has also acted in mainstream films like Laaga Chunari Mein Daag for which too she has received awards.

Vijaya Mulay

Vijaya Mulay was a documentary filmmaker, film historian, writer, educationist and researcher.

<i>Bhuvan Shome</i> 1969 Indian film directed by Mrinal Sen

Bhuvan Shome is a 1969 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Mrinal Sen. The cast includes Utpal Dutt and Suhasini Mulay. Sen based his film on a Bengali story by Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay. The film is considered a landmark in modern Indian cinema.

Amala Akkineni Indian actress

Amala Akkineni is an Indian actress, Bharatanatyam dancer, and animal welfare activist. She has predominantly worked in Tamil films, in addition to Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, and Kannada-language films. She was a leading actress in the Tamil film industry in the late 1980s and has appeared in many blockbusters in Tamil and other languages. She has won two Filmfare Awards South, namely Best Actress – Malayalam for the 1991 film Ulladakkam and Best Supporting Actress – Telugu for the 2012 film Life Is Beautiful. Amala is the co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad, a non-government organisation (NGO) in Hyderabad, India, which works towards the welfare of animals and preservation of animal rights in India.

<i>Khandhar</i> 1984 Indian film directed by Mrinal Sen

Khandhar is a 1984 Indian Hindi-language film directed by Mrinal Sen, based on a Bengali short story, Telenapota Abishkar by Premendra Mitra. The film stars Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapur. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

Koushik Sen is an Indian actor of film, television and theatre based in Kolkata. He is the director of the well-acclaimed theatre group Swapnasandhani. He has won the prestigious BFJA awards for best supporting actor for his performance in the Mrinal Sen directed film Aamar Bhuvan.

Gulzar Urdu author

Sampooran Singh Kalra, known professionally as Gulzar or Gulzar Saheb , is an Indian lyricist, poet, author, screenwriter, and film director. He started his career with music director S.D. Burman as a lyricist in the 1963 film Bandini and worked with many music directors including R. D. Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Vishal Bhardwaj and A. R. Rahman. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2004, the third-highest civilian award in India, the Sahitya Academy Award, and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award — the highest award in Indian cinema. He has won 5 several Indian National Film Awards, 22 Filmfare Awards, one Academy Award and one Grammy Award.

Meghna Gulzar Indian writer, director and producer (born 1973)

Meghna Gulzar is an Indian writer, director and producer. The daughter of lyricist & poet Gulzar and former actress Raakhee, she was born on 13 December 1973 in Maharashtra, Mumbai.

K. K. Mahajan

K. K. Mahajan was an Indian cinematographer who was known for his work in Parallel Cinema. In a career that spanned over four decades, he won four National Film Awards. He was best known for his work with filmmakers such as Kumar Shahani, Mani Kaul, Basu Chatterjee and Mrinal Sen.

<i>Aamar Bhuvan</i> 2002 Indian film directed by Mrinal Sen

Aamar Bhuvan is a 2002 Bengali film directed by Mrinal Sen. The film depicts a place of India where people live peacefully and love each other despite the hatred and violence that scars the rest of the nation. For this film director Mrinal Sen won best director's award in Cairo Film Festival in 2002.

The Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards is the oldest Association of Film critics in India, founded in 1937. Frequent winners include Meena Kumari, Shabana Azmi, Nutan, Vyjayanthimala, Mala Sinha, Tabu, Rani Mukherji.

Shekhar Chatterjee (1924–1990) was an Indian actor and film director.

<i>A Death in the Gunj</i> 2016 Indian film directed by Konkona Sen Sharma

A Death In The Gunj is a 2016 Indian drama film written and directed by Konkona Sen Sharma. It features an ensemble cast of Vikrant Massey, Tillotama Shome, Om Puri, Tanuja, Gulshan Devaiah, Kalki Koechlin, Jim Sarbh and Ranvir Shorey.

The Bimal Roy Memorial Trophy honor experienced artists and other contributors from the Indian film industry as well as a young filmmaker. It has been awarded every year since 1997, by the Bimal Roy Memorial & Film Society. The Trophy is named after Bimal Roy, an Indian filmmaker who became known as the "Silent Master of Indian Cinema".


  1. 1 2 Shah, Kunal M (11 March 2011). "Suhasini Mulay ties the knot at 60". The Times of India . Archived from the original on 15 May 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  2. "Quest for creativity". The Tribune. 24 November 2002.
  3. Interview with actor Suhasini Mulay, 20 March 2003.
  4. SUHASINI MULAY ... just begun' South Asian, 20 February 2003.
  5. Chatterji, Shoma A (25 May 2019). "Akka Vijaya Mulay - Mother, Activist, Filmmaker, Author (1921-2019)". The Citizen. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  6. Sengupta, Aditi (25 January 2019). "The man who found Gauri". @businessline. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  7. "EXCLUSIVE: Suhasini Mulay donates Louis Malle's camera for preservation: He gave it to my mother for me". PINKVILLA. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  8. "What I Learnt From Mrinal Sen About Filmmaking, and Being a Good Human". The Wire. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  9. "Streaming Guide: Gulzar movies". The Indian Express. 5 May 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  10. "45th Filmfare Awards winner". Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  11. "46th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 July 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.