On Tuesday, veteran film and television actor Uttara Baokar passed away at a hospital in Pune. Baokar had been ailing for the past year, and the news of her death came as a shock to many. Her last rites were performed on Wednesday morning.
Career and Achievements
Baokar was an alumna of the National School of Drama (NSD) and was known for her remarkable performances in various plays and TV shows. She played various roles in different plays such as ‘Padmavati’ in ‘Mukyhamantri’, ‘Mena’ in ‘Mena Gurjari’, ‘Desdemona’ in Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, and mother in playwright Girish Karnad’s ‘Tughlaq’, to name a few. In addition to her work on stage, Baokar also appeared in TV shows such as ‘Udaan’, ‘Antaral’, ‘X Zone’, ‘Rishtey Kora Kaagaz’, ‘Nazarana’, ‘Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin’, ‘Kashmakash Zindagi Ki’, and ‘Jabb Love Hua’.
Baokar was a recipient of the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for Mrinal Sen’s ‘Ek Din Achanak’ and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1984. She also directed Jaywant Dalvi’s play ‘Sandhya Chhaya’, a Hindi translation by Kusum Kumar, in 1978.
Reactions to Her Passing
Many actors took to social media to mourn the loss of the legendary actor. Manoj Joshi shared a picture of her and wrote, “Demise of Uttara Baokar Ji is an irreparable loss to Indian Film Industry. Deeply pained by her demise.” Neena Kulkarni also shared a picture of Baokar and wrote, “A remarkable actress. A sensitive and private person in real life, Uttara tai was the epitome of dignity and humility. Time spent with her during the making of films Uttarayan and Shevri, have added value to my life.”
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