Ranjana Deshmukh Death Anniversary: Remembering a Legend

Ranjana Deshmukh

Ranjana Deshmukh

Ranjana Deshmukh (1955 – March 3, 2000), famous on-screen as just Ranjana, was a popular Marathi actress who dominated the Marathi silver screen in the ’70s and ’80s. Like her aunt, noted Hindi actress Sandhya, she was introduced to the screen by V. Shantaram in Chandanachi Choli Ang Ang Jaali, directed by Kiran Shantaram in 1975. She then starred in the lead role in Shantaram’s next film, Jhunj. Ranjana won the best actress award in 1980 from the state government for Are Sansar Sansar. She bagged the award again for Gup Chup Gup Chup in 1983. Her other key films include Sushila, Gondhalat Gondhal, Mumbaicha Faujdar, Bin Kamacha Navra, Khichdi, Chani, Jakhmi Vaghin, Bhujang and Ek Daav Bhutacha.

Ranjana made hit pairs at the box office with several noted Marathi film actors including Ashok Saraf, Avinash Masurekar, Shriram Lagoo, Kuldeep Pawar, Nilu Phule, Ravindra Mahajani, Raja Gosavi and others.

Filmography -

Asla Navara Nako Ga Bai
Mumbaicha Faujdar
Ek Dav Bhutacha
Chandanachi Choli Ang Aang Jali
Jhakmi Vaghin
Kela Ishara Jata Jata
Gup Chup Gup Chup
Gondhalat Gondhal
Bin Kamacha Navra
Sasu Varchadh Jawai
Lakshmichi Paule
Iye Marathiche Nagari
Sage Soyre
Baiko Asavi Ashi
Are Sansar Sansar

End of career -

Ranjana Deshmukh’s career came to an abrupt end in 1987 in a car accident while she was on her way to a film shoot to Bangalore. Ranjana’s legs were paralysed in the accident; she also lost movement of her left arm. She later starred in a play Fakta Ekdach, as a wheelchair-using woman who is deserted by her lover. It was believed to be based on her real life in which Ashok Saraf deserted her after her accident.

Death -

Deshmukh died of a heart attack at her residence at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai, India. She was 45. She is survived by her mother Vatsala Deshmukh, a noted character actress of her time and her aunt Sandhya[disambiguation needed], Hindi film actress and wife of V. Shantaram.

Zee Talkies paid tribute to Ranjana by showcasing her select movies on 3 March 2011. The government of Maharashtra has instituted an award in her memory.

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