Ranjana Deshmukh (1955-2000) was an Indian actress. She predominantly worked in the Marathi film industry. She worked in many popular Marathi films including ‘Sushila’ (1978), ‘Are Sansar Sansar’ (1981), ‘Gupchup Gupchup’ (1983), and ‘Zakhmi Wagin’ (1984). In 2000, she died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 45 in Mumbai.
Ranjana Deshmukh was born on Saturday, 23 July 1955 (age 45 years; at the time of death) in Mumbai. Her zodiac sign was Leo. She studied at Parel English High School in Mumbai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Ranjana Deshmukh belonged to a Marathi family of actors in Mumbai.
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Govardhan Deshmukh, was a theatre actor, and her mother, Vatsala Deshmukh, was an actress. Her mother worked in the Marathi and Hindi film industries.
After her parents got divorced, Vatsala, along with her children, moved to live with her sister, Sandhya. On 12 March 2022, she died at the age of 92. Maharashtra Times Ranjana had a younger brother.
She was unmarried.
Ranjana’s maternal aunt, Sandhya Shantaram (also known as Vijaya Deshmukh), is an Indian actress, who has worked in the Hindi and Marathi film industries. Her uncle and Sandhya Shantaram’s husband, V. Shantaram, was an Indian filmmaker, producer, and actor, who was known for working in the Hindi and Marathi film industries. He died on 30 October 1990. Amar Ujala
Ranjana Deshmukh was allegedly linked to the Marathi and Hindi actor, Ashok Saraf. The affair got disclosed after she met with a car accident in 1987.
In 1965, she debuted with the drama film ‘Iye Marathi Che Nagri.’
She worked in the 1975 film ‘Chandanachi Choli Anga Anga Jali.’ In the same year, she worked in the action film ‘Jhunj’ in which she played the role of Kamala Kolhapure. In 1977, she worked in the film ‘Asla Navra Nakoga Bai’ in which she played the role of Shalan. In the same year, she played the role of Channi in the film of the same name. In 1980, she played the role of Ratna Desai in the film ‘Are Sansar Sansar.’ In the same year, she worked in the film ‘Bhalu’ in which she appeared as Sumitra. In 1981, she worked in a short film titled ‘Devghar.’
In the same year, she appeared in the drama romance film ‘Gondhalat Gondhal’ in which she played the role of Mangala. She played the role of Nakubala in the 1982 comedy film ‘Ek Daav Bhutacha.’ In the same year, she appeared as Taramati in the comedy-drama film ‘Galli Te Dilli.’ In 1983, she worked in five films titled ‘Mardani,’ ‘Savitri,’ ‘Baiko Asavi Ashi,’ ‘Gupchup Gupchup,’ and ‘Sasu Varchad Javai.’ She played the role of Dhrupada in the 1984 comedy-drama film ‘Bin Kamacha Navra.’ In the same year, she played the role of Saku in a film titled ‘Mumbaicha Faujdar.’ She also appeared in the action film ‘Zakhmi Wagin’ (1984) in which she played the role of Bhanu.
In 1966, she debuted with the musical drama film ‘Ladki Sahyadri Ki’ directed by famous director V. Shantaram.
She worked in the 1987 film ‘Jhanjhaar’ along with actress Padmini Kolhapure. In 1994, she played a supporting role in the comedy-drama film ‘Yeh Dillagi’ starring Akshay Kumar, Kajol, and Saif Ali Khan.
In 1977, she debuted in the Telugu film industry with the mythological film ‘Daana Veera Soora Karna’ directed by N. T. Rama Rao.
- Won Best Actress Award for the 1978 Marathi film ‘Sushila’ at Filmfare Awards
- Won Best Actress Award for the 1981 Marathi film ‘Are Sansar Sansar’ at the State Government Awards
- Won Best Actress Award for the 1983 Marathi film ‘Gupchup Gupchup’ at the State Government Awards
- Won Best Actress Award for the 1983 Marathi film ‘Savitri’ at Filmfare Awards
- In 1987, Ranjana met with a car accident when she was on her way to Bangalore to shoot for the Hindi social drama film ‘Jhanjhaar.’ She lost both her legs and her left hand in the accident; however, she worked in a Marathi theatrical production titled ‘Fakt Ekdaach.’
- On 3 March 2011, Zee Talkies showcased her most watched films for paying a tribute to her. The Maharashtra government introduced an award in her memory.
- She had worked with many famous actors and made hit pairs with well-known Marathi actors including Ashok Saraf, Avinash Masurekar, Shriram Lagoo, Kuldeep Pawar, Nilu Phule, and more.
- She resided at Shivaji Park, Parel, central Mumbai.
- In 2022, Abhijeet Mohan Warang, a National Award-winning director, announced a biopic on Ranjana Deshmukh titled ‘Ranjana Unfold.’ The film was expected to be released on 3 March 2023.