Usha Jadhav is an Indian film actress and she was born in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. Despite her career in the film industry, she has appeared in several TV commercials such as Tata Docomo, Fevicol, ICICI Bank, Head & Shoulders. Also, she has starred in Hindi and Marathi films and short films. After completing her higher studies, she moved to Pune from Maharashtra and there she started her career in a theater. Later she moved to Mumbai, in search of new opportunities in her career. In the year 2007, she entered the Hindi cinema with film “Traffic Signal” by Madhur Bhandarkar. The movie is based on people who live around fictitious traffic signals in Mumbai and Usha played the role of a poor girl who sells goods at the traffic lights. In 2009, she got another opportunity in film “Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish” directed by Deepti Naval. In both the films, she got small roles. However, in 2012 she played a leading role in one episode of the television show “Lakhon Mein Ek”. There she did a role of a young bride who was discriminated by the in-laws and the TV show was aimed at inspiring common people and making a change in Indian society.
In the year 2009, she got an opportunity of playing a leading role for “Dhaq” and she did the role of a traditional, poor Indian mother, Yashoda. Jadhav was appreciated by the critics and the viewers for her excellent acting in “Dhaq”. The film was nominated for many film festivals. In the year 2012, she won the best actress award for “Dhaq” in National Film Awards. Her acting in “Dhaq” is often compared to the acting of Smita Patil. However, Jadhav refused to admit it. She was lastly seen in “Bhoothnath Returns”, directed by Nitesh Tiwari. There, she did the role of Akhrot's mother and the film became a box office record. Presently, she is involved in shooting of an International Hindi film named “Salt Bridge”. According to Usha, the film is directed by Abhijit Deonath and she plays a challenging role as the wife of Rajiv Khandelwal.