Varsha Usgaonkar

Biography

Famous as Rani Lakshmi Bai of Hindi television, Varsha Usgaonkar is a top Marathi actress of the 90s. She is a Konkani and hails from Goa. She was born on 28th February 1968 and is the daughter of A.K.S. Usgaonkar, who is the former deputy speaker of Goa. She has two sisters Dr. Mrs. Tosha Kurade and Mrs. Manish Tarkar. She is a multitalented actress, who has worked in many Hindi television serials as well as in Marathi and Bollywood movies. She has also sung in a Konkani music album Roop Tujem Lalita Pixem with Ulhas Buyer.

Career

Playing a lead role in Brahamchari in Marathi theatre was the stepping stone of her acting career. She gave many super hit Marathi movies. In Bollywood, she played as a lead actress in Ghar Aya Mera Pardesi and Pathreela Rasta. She performed a supporting role in Amir Khan’s movie Mangal Pandey. Her television career debuted in 1988 when she played Uttara, wife of Abhimanyu in the serial Mahabharath, of Doordarshan. In 1994, she was seen as a snake queen in Chandrakanta serial. But her most memorable performance is that of Rani Lakshmi Bai in Jhansi ki Rani which aired on television during 1990.

Personal Life

In 2000, she married Ajay Sharma, who was the son of film and music director Ravishankar. After her husband’s death, her sister-in-law accused her of harassment and claimed ownership of the bungalow in which she lived. This was followed by a court case and brought controversies in her life.

Filmography

Year Film Role
2018 January No.1 (Konkani)
2016 Kangana (Rajasthani)
2014 Super Nani
2013 Duniyadari (Marathi) Rani Maa
2011 Arjun
2010 Naam
2006 Jigyaasa Teacher Malini Mathur
2005 The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey Rani Laxmibai
2004 Hatya: The Murder Kavita Jaiswal
2001 Style Police Inspector
1999 Sei To Abar Kache Ele (Bengali)
1999 Chehraa
1998 Hastee Hastee
1996 Muqadama Seema
1996 Shohrat
1994 Pathreela Raasta Mona
1993 Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi Radha
1993 Insaniyat Ke Devta Husna Bano
1993 Khal-Naaikaa Varsha
1993 Hasti Anita
1993 Lapandav (Marathi) Rasika Samarth
1993 Parwane
1993 Tirangaa Shanti
1993 Ek Hota Vidushak
1993 Savat Mazi Ladki (Marathi) Beena
1992 Ghar Jamai
1992 Dilwale Kabhi Na Hare Shabnam
1992 Honeymoon (1992 film)
1991 Aflatoon (Marathi) Bitti
1991 Hafta Bandh
1991 Saathi Nisha
1991 Shikari: The Hunter Chanchal
1990 Doodh Ka Karz Kajri
1990 Shejari Shejari (Marathi) Preeti
1989 Bhutacha Bhau (Marathi) Anjali
1988 Mahabharat (Hindi) Uttara
1987 Gammat Jammat (Marathi) Kalpana
1988 Sagalikade Bombabomb (Marathi) Rajani Bala
1991 Hamal De Dhamal (Marathi) Nandini Patvardhan
1992 Shubhmangal Savdhan (Marathi)
1992 Maal Masala (Marathi)
1999 Rang Premacha (Marathi)
1992 Maal Masala (Marathi)
1993 Insaniyat Ke Devta (Hindi)