Smart, Spunky, Outspoken, Unapologetic. This is how one can describe actress Ratna Pathak Shah, who turned 59 on March 18. Her personality is reflected in roles she chose to play on silver screen and TV serials.
She has voiced her opinions firmly be it a ban on Pakistani actors or issues of social importance.
Right from her appearance in film, 'Kapoor & Sons' to popular TV serial 'Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai', Ratna Pathak has done justice to every role which makes it unforgettable.
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This sitcom was about an upper-class Gujarati family based in South Mumbai in which Ratna Pathak played the snooty mom-in-law who taunts her daughter-in-law. Ratna's role was hilariously portrayed. The show was a huge hit. It is reported that the show will be back as web series soon.
"Oh, please Monisha, that is so middle class!" This became a cult dialogue which made viewers laugh. Ratna ruled the comedy scenes with elan.
Here, Ratna Pathak played a cool mom who is overprotective about her son. She is shown as single mother who gets along well with his son's friends. Throughout the movie, the friendship between her and Imran Khan who plays the son is quite visible.
In this movie, Naseeruddin Shah plays Ratna Pathak's dead husband and has real life conversations with wife which were marked by humour and wit.
Ratna Pathak played the character of Rani Sa and pulled it off well. She looked poised in chiffon sarees and matching brooches. She was applauded for her impressive acting in the movie.
What's iconic is that Ratna Pathak played the same role as her mother Dina Pathak in the 1980 romantic movie, Khubsoorat. There are many similarities between the two roles and it's commendable that more than three decades later, Ratna walks off with similar role portrayed so effectively.
The film depicts a mother's struggle who faces challenges of marriage, motherhood and life in general. Ratna Pathak had said about Kapoor & Sons, "It was lucky break for me but I'm not expecting something like this to come my way soon."
It was a lighthearted family drama where Sunita, that is, Ratna Pathak is holding together a bitter marriage.
The entire family is battling with some or the other issue. The movie kept surprising us with its easy flow but twisted turns. As usual, Ratna Pathak managed to awe us with superb performance.
The film's story revolves around four women - a burqa-clad college girl, a young beautician, a mother of three and a 55-year-old widow who rediscovers her sexuality.
The film was premiered at Tokyo and Mumbai film festivals where it won an award for best film on gender equality. However, Central Board of Film Certification has banned it saying it is unsuitable for Indian audience. Indian film industry has opposed the move.
See the trailor and you will know what is Ratna Pathak capable of. She is bold in her choices, as she plays a 55-year old widow who finds herself inclined towards sex.