Shobha Sen also known by the name Sova Sen has her popularity and fame from Bengali theatres and in films. She preferred to be cast as the actress.

Personal life :

Utpal Dutt tied the knot with her and they brought a daughter into this world, Dr. Bishnu priya Dutt. Her daughter opted for theatre history and is a professor in the School of Arts & Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She completed her graduation from Bethune College and further joined Gananatya Sangstha.

Career :

In the movie "Nabanna", she mesmerizes everyone with her acting skills. During 1953-1954, she assigned her name for little theatre group which became People's theatre group. She was casted in many productions of the theatre group and notable enough among them are "Barricade”, "Titumir", "Tiner Taloyar”. She was awarded the Mother Teresa International Award on 10th April 2010. In 1940, the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) gave a heart-warming production to the society, "Nabanna" where Shobha Sen marked her presence and is remembered till date.

Some other plays she performed are Barricade & Titumir Films • In 1972, she starred in Ek Adhuri Kahani, a film directed by Mrinal Sen. The film relates to a Bengali story , Granta by Subodh Ghosh starring her and Utpal Dutt in the cast. • She cast in one of Ritwik Ghatak's film “Bedeni" which came out to be his first film as a director. In 1951, after being chosen to direct the movie, he named it "Arup Kotha". For 20 days, the film was shot at Bolpur and Ghatshila . But unfortunately, technical faults in the cameras came out to provide an unknown resistance in releasing the film.

Shobha Sen was cast in the role of "Pingala" and was successful in giving performance to her level best. • In 2001, she acted in Dekha, the film was directed by Gautam Ghose and released on 2001. The story line describes how an aged poet on the verge of losing his eyesight suffering from glaucoma gets left out by his wife. • Shadows of Time was a romantic German film in Bengali, directed by Florian Gallenberger, which proved its presence in 2004 where she carried on the role of "Old Masha”. The movie starred legendary actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Irrfan Khan.


Another version of This Bio:

Shobha Sen aka Sova Sen, is a famous name in Bengali theatre and films. She was born in Faridpur, West Bengal, India. She graduated from Bethune College and her career began in the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) production of Nabanna or 'New Harvest' in 1944. Her excellent performance in films like Paribartan in 1949, Chhinnamul in 1950, Babla in 1951 and Nagarik in 1952 brought her out of the IPTA circuit.

She has also acted in a few Hindi films like Ek Adhuri Kahani. Her other famous works include Chopper (1985), Jharh (1982) and Swati (1977). In 1953-54, she joined the People's Theatre Group, which was earlier known as Little Theatre Group. Utpal Dutt owned this Group. She played many versatile roles there, being the female lead for plays like Shakespeare's Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and so on, all of which were translated.

Shobha Sen was married to Utpal Dutt in the year 1961. She has one daughter, Dr. Bishnupriya Dutt, who is a professor of theatre history at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has four grandchildren. After Utpal Dutt formed People's Little Theatre (PLT) in 1969, she recorded excellent performances in his Surja Shikar, Tiner Taloyar, Lenin Kothay, Stalin 1934, and Maloparar. She also acted in his Jatra productions like Rifle in 1968, and in over 150 movies.

After Utpal Dutt's death, she supervises the PLT and is the managing trustee of the Utpal Dutt Foundation of International Theatre Studies.

Shobha Khote Hindi Actress

Shobha Khote

Shobha Khote is a renowned and well acclaimed Indian television and film actress. She is also the older sister of actor Viju Khote. Viju Khote is also a well-respected actor of Hindi and Marathi cinema and worked in over 300 films. He is also famous for his role in 'Sholay' as 'Kalia'. Shobha's career and upbringing were surrounded by the cinematic world. She had the influence of her father, Nandu Khote, who has served as a Stage actor. He has also played roles in silent movies. Her aunt, Durga Khote was also a well respected and renowned actress. Shobha Khote studied from St. Teresa High School, Mumbai and graduated from Wilson College in the field of English literature. Shubha Khote first debuted as a child actor at the age of 4 and made her film debut with the 1955's 'Seema'. Since her appearance in the motion picture 'Seema', she gained attention due to her astonishing and jaw-dropping performances. She appeared in numerous films both in Hindi and Marathi cinema. She has played roles in films such as 'Sasural', 'Chhoti Behen', 'Bharosa', 'Ziddi', and 'Love in Tokyo'. Due to her rapt performances 'Gharana' and 'Sasural', she was nominated for two Filmfare awards for the Best Supporting Actress. Shobha Khote has also ventured into the field of Directions and directed several plays such as Bachelor's Wife, Let's Do it, Hera Pheri and Hum Dono. She also has her television show 'Zabaan Sambhalke' which is the adaptation of 'Mind Your Language'. She has worked on TV shows such as 'Ek Raja Ek Rani', 'Jugni Chali Jalandhar' and 2013's 'Eka Lagnachi Teesir Gostha'


Shobhna Samarth

Shobhna Samarth whose birth name was Saroj Shilotri was a Marathi actress and director. She was born on Nov 7, 1916, in Bombay. She was the daughter of the actress Rattan Bai, who acted in the Marathi movie Frontiers of Freedom. After the death of her father, she and her mother moved to her maternal uncle’s place. Her maternal uncle was the father of Nalini Jaywant, who later became a well-known actress. Her uncle had strongly opposed the idea of her becoming an actress. Shobhna, however, after a lot of struggles, began her career in 1935 and gradually moved on to the lead roles in the 1950s. Her first Hindi movie was ‘Nigahen Nafrat’ or ‘ Orphans of Society’ in the year 1935 along with Master Vinayak and B Pendharkar. In spite of the film not being a success, she got a lot of critical appreciation. They later made it in both Urdu and Marathi. She got married a few months after her fist movie, to Kumarsen Samarth. He was her distant relative who had studied cinematography in Germany. Her first daughter, Nutan was born on June 1936. After which she gave birth to Tanuja, Chatura and finally a boy, who she had wished for, Jaideep. She is also the grandmother of Kajol, Tanuja, and Monish Behl. She did some great roles which included 50 films, among which were Do Deewane with Motilal and Yakub, Kokila starring along with Motilal and Sabita Devi. A mong her other important roles were Pati Patni with Wasti and Yakub, Sadhana along with Premadeeb. She also directed two movies, namely Humari Beti in the year 1950 and Chhabili in he year 1960. But the most important movie in her career was Ram Raiya where she had played the role of Sita and Prem Adeeb had played the role of Ram. The character remained etched in people’s minds even years after the movie. She also won a special award at the 42nd Filmfare Awards 1996. She was famous for her lifestyle and disregard for convention. Also, her relationship with the famous Motilal had been a widespread controversy all over. She finally died on February 9th, 2000 when cancer defeated her.

Shobhna Samarth Hindi Actress