Zee Bollywood pays an ode to Bollywood’s most popular ‘Maa’ – Nirupa Roy
In a career span of over 50 years, this iconic actress featured in nearly 275 movies and won many awards and accolades for her portrayal of some unforgettable characters. From playing the role of a goddess to essaying the role of the hero’s Maa, this thespian won hearts with her outstanding and impactful performances. In the fifth episode of Classic Legends, Zee Bollywood celebrates the life of veteran actress Nirupa Roy. The special episode will air on Saturday, 5th January at 8pm on Zee Bollywood.
Javed Akhtar says, “Kuch aisi actresses rahi hai jo shuru mein heroine thi lekin badme specialize kiya Maa aka role karne mein. Leela Chitnis, Durga Khote, Achala Sachdev, lekin ek Maa jisne najaane kitne logo ki dil mein mamta ki izzat paida ki, ek nayi izzat woh thi Nirupa Roy.”
It all began in the year 1946, when Nirupa Roy and her husband responded to an advertisement in a Gujarati paper that was on the lookout for talented actors. This not only kick-started her career in the industry, but also gave the fraternity a performer who was known to have an impeccable screen presence. She was selected for the role and started her acting career with the Gujarati film Ranakdevi. It was in the same year that she acted in her first Hindi film Amar Raj. From playing mythological characters in the early 40s and 50s, to portraying characters that defined a selfless and suffering mother in the 70s; Nirupa Roy got an opportunity to work with legends like Bharat Bhushan, Balraj Sahni, Ashok Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor. The goddess role that she portrayed was so strong and remarkable, that people would visit her home and seek her blessings. She went on to act in many movies and later even started acting in movies in the South. At that time, acting in a South Indian film marked the arrival of an actor in the industry. Her film ‘Bhai Bhai’ where she portrayed the role of a Devi was a blockbuster hit and won her appreciation from critics as well as the audience.
Nirupa Roy through her portrayal of iconic characters in some of the most loved movies in Bollywood has left her mark in the industry and will always live in the audience’s hearts. Her movies Deewar, Do Bigda Zamin, Amar Akbar Anthony, Mard, Suhaag, Maa, Maa Beta, Chaalbaaz and the characters that she has essayed throughout her career have always been a reference point for many artists in the industry and she continues to inspire us all.
Watch the life story of Nirupa Roy unfold on Classic Legends Season 5 on Saturday 5th January on Zee Bollywood at 8pm.