Five Powerful Films Of Marathi actor Ashalata Wabgaonkar

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Marathi film actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar passed away from COVID-19. She began her career with Konkani and Marathi plays. Wabgaonkar was also a beloved actress in Hindi films who was seen in many supporting roles in films.

Here’s a look at the late actor’s 5 powerful movies


Sunrise is a 2014 Marathi film by Partho Sen Gupta. The movie starred Adil Hussain, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Gulnaaz Ansari, Komal Gupta, and Ashalata Wabgaonkar. It was screened at numerous international festivals. She played the role of a grandmother ‘Radhabai’ who kidnapped young girls and kept them in her house. The girls were then sold to be dancers and prostitutes. Wabgaonkar played a challenging role in this film as Radhabai and whole story revolved around a father’s search for his missing daughter kidnapped by her.

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Umbartha was released in 1982 and it was the story of a woman’s dream to step outside the four walls of her home and change the society. The film featured Smita Patil, Girish Karnad, Shrikant Moghe, Ashalata Wabgaonkar, and Kusum Kulkarni. It was directed by Jabbar Patel and Wabgaonkar played a pivotal role of Maya Mahajan. The film was adjudged as the Best Feature Film in Marathi at the 29th National Film Awards for “a sincere cinematic statement on the theme of a woman seeking to establish her identity by pursuing a career, even at the risk of alienation from her family.” While the lead role was played by Patil, her sister-in-law’s role – as she supports the woman’s endeavour to go out and work – was played by Wabgaonkar.

Vahinichi Maya

Vahinichi Maya was released in 1985 and it featured Ravindra Berde, Ramesh Bhatkar, Vijay Chavan, Alka Kubal and Ashalata Wabgaonkar. The film revolved around the bonding between family members and how they resolved issues of the past.

Police Force: An Inside Story

She also played supporting roles in Bollywood films. Police Force: An Inside Story is a 2004 movie where she played a role. It was directed by Dilip Shukla, starring Akshay Kumar, Raveena Tandon, Ashalata Wabgaonkar, and Amrish Puri. Wabgaonkar played the role of Revathi in the film. She was Vijay’s mother who supported her son fighting with gangsters and terrorists. The film was about a batch of new trainee officers in Indian Police. 

Azaad Desh Ke Gulam

Azaad Desh Ke Gulam is an Indian Hindi film that starred Rekha, Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Pran, and Ashalata Wabgaonkar. She played the role of  Sharda Bhandari mother of Bharti Bhandari (played by Rekha) in the film. In this film, Sharda’s husband ran a business of smuggling, kidnapping, selling children, and young women. The story revolved around Bharti’s confrontation with her father leading to a dynamic onscreen relationship between Rekha and Wabgaonkar as mother-daughter duo role in this film. 

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Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV