Other names of Shashikala: Shashikala Jawalkar, Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal

Shashikala Om Prakash Saigal is a Hindi and Marathi actress who has been a part of over 200 Hindi films and 50 Marathi ones. Shashikala belonged to an affluent Marathi family in Solapur, Maharashtra. She faced hard times when her father faced financial problems in her childhood and was then asked by her family to look for roles in movies as she was the best looking amongst her siblings.

For a lot of time, she just kept wandering from one place to another, in search of decent work to provide for her family. Her comfortable time started only when she came across Noor Jehan, whose husband Shaukat Hussain Rizvi, who gave her a small role in a qawwali sequence in his film Zeenat. She then worked as a child artiste in a lot of movies. She gained instant recognition after bagging the second lead role in Pugree and Arzoo when she was only 16. After being cast as the second lead in several movies and facing a few flops in the 1950s, she decided to take up negative roles in films. She essayed her first negative role in Nau Do Gyarah after which she started getting a lot of offers for negative roles.

In her initial twenties, she got married to Om Prakash Saigal and had two children with him. Sadly, her elder daughter, Rekha, passed away in 1993 because of cancer. Apart from a successful career in films, she has also been a part of various television sitcoms like Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, Apnaapan, Son Pari and small supporting roles or special appearances in Pardesi Babu, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Chori Chori, Baadshah and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. She has been nominated eight times for Filmfare Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and has won it twice. The 1960s were her blooming period and were the peak point in her career.

Some notable roles and movies include Arati, Anupama, Jahan Ara, Junglee, Phool Aur Patthar, Devar, Ghar Ghar Ki Kahaani and Choti Bahu. She was honoured with the eminent Padma Shri Award in 2007 and the honorary Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 at V. Shantaram Awards.

Shammi Hindi Actress


Nargis Rabadi, popularly known as ‘Shammi Aunty,' had set foot in the world of Bollywood almost sixty-five years ago. During the start of her career, she had many opportunities to work for, as the role as a lead actress and then as a second lead also. She later inclined herself towards doing the supporting role or second lead. Even though she worked for as long as 60 years, nothing stopped her, and she worked without any major breaks. It was all due to her magic she entered with in Bollywood and also because of her acquaintance and near and dear ones. Nargis was the first actor to be paid Rs1lac, which was large sum at that time. Shammi has acted in almost 200 films so far in small and big characters. She also set her foot in television industry by working in serials like “Dekh Bhai Dekh”, “Shriman Shrimati” and “Kabhi Yeh Kabhi Woh”. Her last film that released in 2012 was Bela Sehgal’s “Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikhal Padi”. Personal Life: Shammi Aunty was born in her own mother’s home in Nargol-Sanjan (in Gujarat). She belongs to Parsi parents. The family shifted their house to Mumbai when Shammi Aunty was only a few months old. Her family had no connections with films or Bollywood. Nargis's family comprised of her Parsi priest father and her mother who manages household affairs and an elder sister Mani Rabadi. Shammi Aunty was just three years old when her father passed away. There was no one to support them financially and no source of family income. Hence, Shammi Aunty’s mother had to struggle to make and to provide basic facilities. She had two young daughters whom she had to take care of, and this was a major responsibility. But the girls did make their mother proud of them. With the passage of time, both the sisters started self-funding their education by taking up a job in a toy factory owned by the Tata. Shammi aunty married to producer-director Sultan Ahmed in the year 1970. Along with her husband, Shammi Aunty co-produced blockbusters like “Heera” (1973) and “Ganga Ki Saugandh” (1978). Career: Shammi Aunty got into movies accidently. It was her family relative who got a role for her in the movie, a role of a second lead. However, it was not easy. Shammi Aunty faced problems as her relatives were not ready for it and acted as resistance on her way to success. When she entered the film industry, she had to change her name from Nargis to Shashi as there was already a renowned actress by that and this was advised by Tara Harish himself. Nargi’s first film was Ustad Pedro, and she signed that movie at the young age of 18. Tara Harish is the person behind Nargis. She made her practice dialogues and acting even when it was not her day at the shoot. Shammi Aunty worked hard and started her career with full acceleration. The results were also stunning. Impressed by her passion, Tara Harish decided to cast her as a heroine in ‘Malhar’ opposite actor Arjun. Roshan, who was a legendary composer of that time who composed a song for the movie and those songs, were well appreciated by all. Shammi Aunty never fails to remember three actresses who were close to her – Nargis, Madhubala, and Asha Parekh. During the 50’s, Shammi Aunty enacted several memorable roles in movies like “Baaghi”, “Aag Ka Dariya”, “Munna”, “Rukshana”, “Pehli Jhalak”, “Bandish” “Musafirkhana”, “Azad” and “Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai”.


Shefali Shah

The beautiful Shefali Shah is an actress of Indian origin. Born on July 1972, she belongs to Agra. However, she was born and brought up in Mumbai, where, her dream of being an actress came up. She belonged to a non-film background, her father working in RBI and mother being a homeopathy doctor. The actress found her way into Bollywood through daily soaps and her stupendous acting skills. She has worked in loads of Hindi movies. She made her debut in the drama Rangeela in 1995, sharing the silver screen with Urmila Matondkar and the perfectionist Aami Khan. The actress was seen in a crime movie Satya, where she played a supporting role. Some other movies, in which her acting skills were prevalent are Gandhi-My Father, Kuchh Luvv Jaisa. Her role in ‘Waqt’ opposite Amitabh Bachchan and as the mother of Akshay Kumar, was acclaimed by critics. The lady was also seen as Ria Verma in the Monsoon Wedding, which was appreciated internationally. The various daily soaps in which she featured were- Banegi Apni Baat, Raahein, Kabhi Kabhi and Hasratein. The actress is known for her superb acting skills and is appreciated by critics and audience all over the world. She won the best-supporting-actress by critics in Filmfare Awards for the flick Satya. She was also the winner for best actress in Tokyo International Film Festival for her role as Vandana in The Last Lear. She bagged some prizes and awards which clearly shows that she justifies her work and her dreams which were dreamt in an era, where the realisation of a dream as such is quite difficult and against all odds, she stands as a courageous person who has the will and power to stand for what she loves.

Shefali Shah Hindi Actress