(4 January 1931 - 13 October 2004) was an Indian actress who appeared in Hindi films
. Roy was mostly known for portraying character roles of the Indian mother. She played leading roles in her early films and started playing mother roles during the 1970s-80s. Her acting career spanned more than 50 years, and she acted in more than 250 films. She was referred to as the "queen of misery" in Hindi film circles.
Nirupa Roy was born as Kokila Kishorechandra Bulsara in Valsad
She was married to Kamal Roy
when she was 15 and moved to Mumbai
. They have a son and a daughter. She was very friendly with actress Shyama
She died, after having a cardiac arrest
, in Mumbai
on 13 October 2004 at the age of 73.
In 1946, Roy and her husband responded to an advertisement in a Gujarati paper looking for actors. She was selected and started her acting career with the Gujarati
. The same year she acted in her first Hindi film, Amar Raj
. One of her popular films was Do Bigha Zameen
(1953). She largely played mythological characters in the films of the 1940s and 50s. Her image of a goddess was very strong and people would visit her home and seek her blessings.
Among her co-stars were Trilok Kapoor, Bharat Bhushan
, Balraj Sahni
and Ashok Kumar
In the 1970s, her roles as mother to the characters played by Amitabh Bachchan
made her name synonymous to the impoverished suffering mother. Her role in Deewar
(1975) and its dialogues with... Read More