Sumitra Bhave Biography, Age, Early Life, Education, Family,Career,Partner,Awards, Death, Personal Information

Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar were an Indian filmmaker duo working predominantly in Marathi cinema and Marathi theatre. Bhave and sukhtankar had made 17 feature films, more than 50 short films and 4 TV serials all of which had been written by Bhave. Sunil Sukthankar, a film and Television Institute of India graduate in 1989,is also an actor and lyricist.

Early Life Education And Family

Bhave was born on 12 January 1943 in Pune. she completed her graduation from Fergusson College Pune and received a master’s degree in political and Science sociology from Pune University. She received another master’s degree in Political Science and Sociology and a diploma in rural welfare from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai and began her voluntary work for various organisations. She also worked as a Marathi language news reader with all India radio New Delhi. Sumitra Bhave had a daughter who is also a writer.


In 1985 while working at the director of a research project for stree vani, Bhave made a debut short film ‘Bai’ about a woman from the slums to display her strength to survive adversities. The film produced by stree vani, was well received and went on to win the National Film Award for Best non feature film on Family Welfare at the 33rd National Film awards.

After a career as a theatre activist, Sukthankar was introduced to Bhave through her daughter while she was making her debut short film “ Bai. After completing his graduation and film direction course from the film and Television Institute of India joined Bhave again as an assistant and worked on three short films.

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In 1995 Bhave collaborated with sukthankar as a director and made their film debut with the Marathi film ‘Doghi’. Their next film ‘Zindagi zindabad’ was made in Hindi in 1997. In 2002 two of the films made by Bhave and Sukhtankar were both made in Marathi. Bhave landed her voice to the character of Sindhubai Jadhav in the 2020 film ‘The Discipline’ directed by Chaitanya Tamhane.


Bhave won several awards including 6 National Film Awards. She won many Maharashtra State Film Awards, V Shantaram Award and Marathi International Cinema And Theatre Awards.


On 6 April 2021 Sumitra Bhave was admitted to Sahayatri Hospital in Pune for lung infection. She was suffering from interstitial lung disease which was detected earlier in March 202.She died on the morning of 19 April 2021 due to respiratory failure and lung Fibrosis. At the time of her death, she was working on three films and their scripts.

Personal Information

Name – Sumitra Bhave

Born – 12 January 1943

Age – 78 Years

Birthplace – Pune

Occupation – Filmmaker, Theatre Director And Producer, Screenwriter

Years Active – 1985 – 2021

Partner – Sunil Sukthankar

Awards – National Film Awards

Death – 19 April 2021