Pratima Kazmi is a prominent Indian film and television actress. She was popular for doing a variety of Bollywood films and Hindi series. She initiated her career in year 1997 through the British drama film, Sixth Happiness under the direction of Indian director, Waris Hussein. She played the role of a Madam in brothel. The actress received applause for her performance in the film and soon after, she received many offers from the Indian filmmakers.
Even though she usually plays positive roles, she is also known for playing negative roles. Pratima is also popular for her distinct husky voice and the way she delivers her dialogue is kind of unique and this became her trademarks. The brilliant actress received nomination for Best Performance in a Negative role at the Star Screen Awards for her role as Gangu Tai in the film, Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II in 2004.
After her appearance in Sixth Happiness, she played as a prosecuting attorney in the box-office Bollywood film, Dushman in 1998; followed by her portrayal in another English film entitled, Such a Long Journey. In 1999, she appeared in the Hindi film, Godfather and Ram Gopal Varma’s crime drama film, School. In year 2000, the actress also made an appearance in another crime drama film, Fiza and in Manoj Bajpai’s starrer film, ‘Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!’. She played as a greedy woman in the box-office Bollywood film, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha which stars
and Amisha Patel in 2001. Later, she played as a wife in the blockbuster Bollywood horror film, Raaz in 2002. In 2003, Pratima acted as Chandi in the Hindi film, Yeh Dil. She has donned the film, Market by Jay Prakash and in 2007, she appeared in the blockbuster hit Hindi sports drama film, Chak De! India with the legendary,
Shah Rukh Khan
. She was also seen in the neo-noir thriller film,
Ek Hasina Thi
under the production of Ram Gopal Varma.She was with
in the Bollywood film, Jaago and Black Friday as the mother of
in 2004. She was seen in the action crime drama film, Sehar and the very popular
starrer film, Mumbai Express in 2005. The actress also donned films like Elephant Boy,
Bunty Aur Babli
, Ssukh, Film Star,
, Undertrial and a lot more.
Pratima also made her entry in the television industry on Zee TV’s Hindi series, Saat Phere – Saloni Ka Safar as the antagonist, Lali Maasi; the aunt of Kalika (played by
) who helped her in destroying the Saloni’s. She also played as the Nani of Tapasya (played by Rashmi Desai) with a nasty tongue in the drama soap, Uttaran. Later, Pratima also acted as the grandmother of Raghu (played by
) in the Hindi serial,
Jabb Love Hua
on Zee TV. She also played the role of Rama in the Balaji Telefilms’ television soap, Kammal on Zee TV. Subsequently, she played as the mother of Abhi (played by Eijaz Khan/Hiten Tejwani) in the television serial, Kesar on STAR Plus. In 2009, Pratima bagged a positive role as Guru Maa in the Indian soap, Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya. In 2010, Pratima acted as Maha Mai in the drama series,
Ganga Kii Dheej
on Sahara One channel.
Pratima was also the one who taught Hindi to
and so after twenty years, Akshay offered him the Gurudakshina at the Color’s Golden Petal Awards in 2011.