Nirupa Roy had acted in over 100 films as a heroine in her career but later got crowned as ‘unforgettable mother’ for portraying ’s mother in his every film. She acted as Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor’s mother in
, which was rejected by Vyjayanthimala. She performed the mother role in ‘Deewar’ with a complete control of her emotion which fetched her award and even praise.
Otherwise, this actress has acted in many mythological movies in past and even crafted those roles in an acute manner that audiences felt she was not just the reel goddess but a real goddess. She also appeared in social films with
. Her films like Do Bigha Zameen, Garam Coat, Tangewali were realistic films. Her most popular co-star was
. Nirupa Roy was not a glamor queen and not a dancing star, hence when dancing actresses were in demand, she got less noticed in Bollywood. With the advent of 1960’s she was slotted as the mother especially after she played Asha Parekh’s mother in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's ‘Chhaya’. She played Dilip Kumar’s harassed sister in ‘Ram Aur Shyam’.
Her memorable roles include in films like ‘Saheed’(1967), ‘Mujhe Jene Do’(1963). She played Amitabh Bachchan’s mother in films like Amar Akbar Anthony. Muqqadar Ka Sikandar, Khoon Pasina, Suhaag, Mard. She even played mother role for
, Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth in film ‘Geraftaar’. She played Amitabh’s last mother role in Lal Badshah(1999). She is the only actress who played mother for Dharmendra(
) and even his son
( Betaab). In a career spanning over 50 years, she has acted in 250 films in her career. Nirupa Roy glorified the term of ‘screen mother’ in Bollywood and appeared in a string of 1970’s and 1980’s blockbusters. She made her debut in films after she got married. Her husband was very supportive throughout her career.
When she moved to Mumbai, she made her debut in Hindi cinema. Nirupa Roy was born as Kokila Kishorechandra Bulsara in Gujarat. She changed her screen name to Nirupa Roy when she made her career in Hindi movies. She died of cardiac arrest on 13 October 2004.