Veteran actress Sulochana Latkar breathed her last on June 4 at a hospital in Mumbai. She was 94 years old. Sulochana is known for her performances in films like Shree 420, Nagin, Ab Dilli Dur Nahin and Mr and Mrs. Sulochana’s daughter, Kanchan, had revealed that the actress was in a critical condition. She said that due to shortness of breath and other age-related ailments, she was admitted to the hospital. Several Bollywood celebrities have now condoled Sulochana Latkar’s death on social media.
In a conversation with ETimes, Amitabh Bachchan remembered his on-screeen mother and said, “After Nirupa ji, she played my mother in the largest number of films. Sulochana ji was indeed a mother-figure to both the Hindi and Marathi film industry. I still remember the beautiful handwritten letter she had sent me on my 75th birthday. It was one of the most cherished gifts I’ve ever received.”
Riteish Deshmukh wrote in Hindi on Twitter, “The news of the death of Sulochana Didi is very sad. A heartfelt tribute to this great actress who ruled the hearts of audiences in Marathi and Hindi cinema (sic).”
Urmila Matondkar also expressed her condolence.
Veteran actress Asha Parekh told ETimes, “I’ve done many films with her. I can’t remember a time when Sulochana ji was not part of the film industry. All of us gave her the same respect that we gave our real mothers.”
Madhuri Dixit took to Twitter and wrote, “Sulochana Tai was one of the most loved and graceful actresses cinema has seen. My favourite film of hers will always be Sangate Aika. Her performance in every film was memorable. I will miss our conversations may you rest in peace. Your contribution to Indian cinema will always be remembered (sic).”
Madhur Bhandarkar shared a picture with her and wrote, “It’s a somber moment as we bid farewell to the legendary actress Sulochana Tai. She beautifully personified the role of a mother in cinema for over four decades. Her invaluable contributions to #IndianCinema will always be remembered #OmShanti #IndianCinema (sic).”