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Bollywood celebrities mourn the passing of Sulabha Deshpande

Speed News team | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Veteran actress Sulabha Deshpande passed away on 4 June. Deshpande is best remembered for her critically-acclaimed roles in plays like Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe (1971), Marathi films like Jait Re Jait (1977), Vihir (2009) and a number of Hindi films - including like Shyam Benegal's Bhumika (1977) and Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyu Hota Hai (1980).

Her association with acting began when she was working as a school teacher in Mumbai. She had then contacted the acclaimed playwright Vijay Tendulkar and had asked him to write a script for a play for her students.

Deshpande was a part of various theatre groups like Rangayan and Avishkar in the 60s and 70s. But it was her role in Vijay Tendulkar's play, Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe, that introduced her to the film industry. She played the lead female protagonist in the cinematic adaptation of the film.

She soon became a popular face on screen, where she established herself as one of Indian television's favourite onscreen mothers.

Her last rites will be held at Mumbai's Dadar crematorium on 5 June.

Celebrities took to Twitter to express condolences. Take a look:

First published: 5 June 2016, 1:38 IST