Padmini Kolhapure is an Indian Bollywood actress during the 80’s. She was born on November 1, 1965 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. She belongs to a Maratha Kshatriya household. Padmini is the daughter of Pandharinath Kolhapure, a classical singer and she is also the niece of the legendary singers,
. Her sisters are
, an Indian model and actress and Shivangi Kolhapure, a singer and the wife of Bollywood actor,
. She made a media fuss during the 80’s after kissing Prince Charles.
During her childhood, she sang for films likeKitab, Dushman Dost and the Bollywood drama film, Yaadon Ki Baarat. Later, Padmini sang on her films like Vidhaata, Hum Intezaar and she also sang Sadak Chaap along with
. Subsequently, her album, Music Lovers was released with
. Padmini and Bappi also made a performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London for the Greater London Council in 1986. Her sister, Ashla suggested her name to film producer and director,
and cast her in the 1974 Hindi film, Ishq Ishq Ishq. From there, she started to appear in various films like Dreamgirl, Zindagi, and Saajan Bina Suhagan. Padmini also gave her best performance as a school girl imposed by a black magic in the Indian horror film, Gehrayee by Vikas Desai and
One of her popular role as a child actress was from the 1978 Bollywood film,
Satyam Shivam Sundaram
under the direction of
. The success that she got from Satyam led her to her most provocative role as a rape victim in the Hindi film,
Insaaf Ka Tarazu
by B.R. Chopra in 1980; where she earned the Best Supporting Actress at the Filmfare Award. This film is a remake of the 1976 drama film, Lipstick. Her last heroine role was from Nahir Hussain’s Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai in 1981, opposite
. However, the film did not make it to the box office, but Padmini and Rishi worked together again on Raj Kapoor’s Prem Rog in 1982. She won the Best Actress Award at the Filmfare for her portrayal as Manorama ‘
’. She played as Chandra in the Bollywood film, Ahista Ahista, where she earned a special acting award.
Padmini also acted in the 1985 Bollywood film, Do Dilon Ki Dastaan with
. Some of her box-office hit films includes Vidhaata in 1982 and the feature film, Souten in 1983. She also made a big hit in the 198 Hindi film, Pyar Jhukta Nahin, which stars
. The two was paired together several times in different films. Her first starrer film, Woh Saat Din with
was also a hit and gained her popularity in the Indian film industry.
She got married to
, a popular Indian producer after she was cast in the film, Aisa Pyar Kahan. They have a child named, Priyank. Padmini took a short hiatus after she gave birth and returned in year 2004. She has done two Marathi films , Chimnee Pakhra and Manthan that turns out to be a huge hit and gained her Screen Award for Best Marathi Actress. In 2006, the actress played as Radha S. Rai in the Horror film, Eight – The Power of Shani by
. In 2012, she was debuted in the Malayalam film industry after bagging the role of Mankamma, the mother of Rudran (played by Indrajith) in the Malayalam film, Karmayohi, a film adaptation of Hamlet by Shakespeare.
In 2013, she made her television debut in the drama series,
Ekk Nayi Pehchaan
which was aired on Sony TV. She donned the role of Pallavi Mahesh Ajmera/Pallavi Suresh Modi.