Shaoli Mitra, a very popular Indian actress, has worked in several Bengali Theatre and plays and also in Bengali films. Her parents were also the part of theatre and film industry. Tripta Mitra (mother) was a popular film and theatre actress whereas
(father) was a Theatre director. Sombhu Mitra and
together co-founded pioneering theatre group, Bohurupee in 1948. Born to the famous theatre couple, Shombhu Mitra, and Tripti Mitra, to Saoli Mitra, acting perhaps came with breathing itself. Career: Shaoli was brought up in the environment of theatre and because of that during her early day, she got engaged in plays and dramas. She started with theatres when she was only four years old. When she was four, she acted in ‘Chera Taar’ and then in ‘Daschakra’ drama and later again in ‘Chera Taar’ when she was 6. That’s how her career in the theatre started, and she continued acting and doing plays. Saoli became famous for her ‘Pagla Ghora’ natok. Not only acting in theatres but after her education qualification she wrote few Bengoli Natok and ‘Nathboti Anathbath’ is one of them written by her.
Bohurupee was the famous theatre that was started with Tripti and Sombhu Mitra, her parents. It was very famous but she left it in 1978. This was because she couldn't find any role of her choice or which suited her. Instead of theatre, Shaoli started with something different which included radio plays writing storied and translating other language stories or writings. Shaoli never thought about being a play writer, but it was in her blood to do so. Her family was from the theatre, and other relatives were related to it too. Having such a strong connection with theatre, she realised that she needs to be a part of it too. In 1982, her father helped her with it and introduced her to Mahabharata through Iravati Karve's Yuganta. From there it was all over to Shaoli to spread her wings and get into the creative world. Nathabati Anathabat and Katha Amrita Saman were her most pleased theatre acts on feminist. It was portrayed with love, non-violence, and anti-politics way and developed the folk theatre or set the roots for it. Films: Jukti takko aar gappo in 1974 (Bengali film)