21 March 1942 - 29 August 2008
Jayshree Gadkar made her debut in Marathi cinema in 1955, as a group dancer in V Shantaram's Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje, with leading lady Sandhya. After seeing photographs of her performance, director Dinkar Patil gave her a break in a dance in Disat Tasa Nasat, with Raja Gosavi. This paved her way into mainstream Marathi cinema.
With her talent, dancing skills and beauty, there was no looking back for Gadkar as she ruled the Marathi film industry in the 60s decade. Jayashree got a lot of success as a heroine in movies based on tamasha and lavni, the trend at the time. Many remember her for the famous song Bugdi mazi saandli ga jata sataryala. But Jayshree Gadkar was much more than that. She was not only a versatile and accomplished actress but the face of Marathi cinema in its golden era.
Manini was a turning point in her career. She was paired with Chandrakant Gokhle. She went on to act with his son Vikram Gokhle too, in films like Utavla Navra and Subhdra Haran. Gadkar also acted in historical movies like Mohityaanchi Manjula and Shahir Parshuram. She has acted in more than 250 movies. She also worked in few Hindi films but her talent remained unrecognized in Hindi movies.
She won many accolades and awards at the national and state level. She was also felicitated with the state government's V Shantaram Purskar, Gadima Purskar, P Savlaram Purskar and many more. She has won National Awards for her films Manini, Vaijantha, Sawal Mazha Aika' and Saadhi Mansa.
Aaliya Bhogasi, Ghat Padli Thaka Thaka, Sangtye Aika, Avghachi Sansar, Mohityanchi Manjula, Saadhi Mansa and Manini are some of her celebrated movies.
Her memorable role on television was of Kaushalya, Lord Ram's mother in Ramanand Sagar's tele epic Ramayana in the 1980s.
She turned to direction with Saasar Maher and Ashi Asavi Saasu. She married co-star Bal Dhuri in 1975.
Her autobiography Ashi Mi Jayshri was released some years ago which mirrors her life well.
With her sad demise, we have lost a great actress.
A chapter in Marathi cinema has closed forever on 29th August 2008