Born as Kokila Kishorechandra Bulsara in Gujarat, Nirupa Roy was an actress in the Hindi film industry. She mostly played character roles of Indian mother. She was referred to the ‘queen of misery’ in the Hindi film industry. Nirupa Roy married Kamal Roy at the age of fifteen who later they shifted to Mumbai. Nirupa Roy began her acting career in 1946 with the Gujarati movie Ranakdevi and in the same year she also debuted in the Hindi film Amar Raj. Nirupa Roy acted in more than 275 films in a career that spanned for over 50 years. She breathed her last in 2004 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Nirupa Roy was born on 4th January 1931 in Valsad, Gujarat. Nirupa Roy married Kamal Roy at the age of fifteen and the couple was blessed with two children Yogesh and Kiran. Both Nirupa and Kamal decided to make a career on the silver screen and shortly after their marriage the couple shifted to Mumbai. Nirupa Roy was very close to former actress Shyama. Before she acted in movies, Nirupa worked as a teacher in a local school in Gujarat and changed her name from Kokila to Nirupa Roy.
Nirupa Roy and Kamal Roy came across an advertisement in a Gujarati paper looking for actors and they both auditioned, but only Nirupa was selected to act in the movie. In 1946, she acted in her first Gujarati movie Ranakdevi and in the same year she also acted in her first Hindi movie Amar Raj followed by Gunsundari in 1948. Nirupa Roy went on to act in many films and initially acted in lead roles. From 1940 to 1970, she mostly played mythological characters in films. Nirupa Roy, from the beginning of 1970s, began playing character roles of mother of several famed actors starting from Dev Anand to Amitabh Bachchan. She co-starred with Trilok Kapoor in eighteen films as well as Ashok Kumar, Bharat Bhushan and Balraj Sahni. She will be best remembered for her roles in films like Do Bigha Zameen, Garam Coat, Tangewali, Rani Rupmati, Amar Akbar Anthony, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Ganga Jumna Saraswati and Deewar. During the 1980s she did very less movies and made a comeback with Lal Badshah in 1999.
Nirupa Rpy suffered a cardiac arrest and breathed her last on 13 October 2004 in Mumbai. She was 72 years old at the time of her demise. She will be best remembered as the greatest Mother of all times in Bollywood.
Awards and Recognition:
Nirupa Roy won three awards in the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress category for the film Munimji in 1956, Chhaya in 1962 and Shehnaai in 1965. The Bengal Film Journalists' Association also awarded Best Supporting Actress Award for the movie Chhaya in 1961. She was also honored with a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
Husband: Kamal Roy
Son: Yogesh and Kiran
(FAN OF Mrs. NIRUPA ROY)
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