Usha Kiran was a leading actress in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati films in between 1945-1965. She was born in a Maharashtrian Brahmin family on April 22, 1929, in Hyderabad. She accepted acting in stage and theater because her father wanted her to earn money and live an independent livelihood. In the beginning, she disliked acting and wanted to lead a homely woman life.
It was then
Uday Shankar spotted her on stage and offered her a small role in film Kalpana. She was asked to give shoot for the film in Madras. However, due to Uday Shankar’s hot temperament she was asked to leave the shooting as Usha did not comply with the directorial ability of Uday Shankar. Yet Usha Kiran credits Uday Shankar for grooming her talent. Later, filmmaker Amiya Chakraborty offered her a heroine role in film ‘Gauna’. The film flopped but Amiya signed her in his next project where she played Shashikala’s mother.
Sooner, she received offers in Gujarati and Marathi films. Her film ‘Patita’ was a big hit. Later on, she appeared in films like Baadbaan with
Dev Anand, Musafir with
Dilip Kumar. Nazrana with
Raj Kapoor, Kabuliwala with
Balraj Sahni, Dhobhi Doctor with
Kishore Kumar. This actress also acted with
Pradeep Kumar and other leading actors of her time.
During her film career, she also fell in love with filmmaker Amiya Chakraborty, since he was already married their love story could not proceed further. She then took a wise decision to withdraw from Amiya’s life and tied a knot with Dr. Manohar Kher in 1954. Later she quit acting for time being and concentrated on her role as a housewife. This actress got better supporting actress role in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s films such as
Chupke Chupke, Bawarchi, Mili etc. Her daughter Tanvi is an actress who is married to Shabana Azmi’s brother
Baba Azmi. Her son Adwait Kher is also a successful model. She passed away on March 9, 2000, in Nashik.