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Urmila Devi – Profile & Filmography

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Urmila Devi

Real Name – Urmila Devi

Profession – Actress

Active Years – 1930s – 1970s

Nationality – Indian

Religion – Hindu

Ethnicity

Date of Birth

Date of Death

Debut Film

Last Film

Significant others in the Film Industry

Miscellaneous Info – In 1949, Urmila Devi, quit the screen, when she married executive Raj Kumar Kitchlu.

Twenty five years later Urmila came back to the screen. The cause again, was her marriage. It had gone on the rocks. Her husband had filed papers for a divorce. The frail leading lady of Prabhat’s “Dus Baje”, “Kaneez”, “Salma”, Urmila started her career as a side heroine in P.B. Jhaveri’s (Bindu’s father-in-law) film, “Parsuram”. For some time she was with Ranjit Movietones. A firebrand in her hayday, Urmila is reported to have slapped producers for delaying her cheques. Basu Bhattacharya spotted Urmila Devi, now known as Sisterji at Anita Guha’s house. Basu advised her to comeback to the screen in character roles instead of wasting her time and money in card sessions. To Sisterji’s lined, wolf-like face Basu added a kilo of white hair and presented her IN Dadima’s role in “Tumhara Kallu”. Whilst the Press raved about her role, Sisterji is back to her adda of friends – Parveen Paul, Satyen Bose, Anita Guha. She has signed a couple of movies, but is awaiting a role as meaty as that of Dadi ma.

About acting then and now. She says the standard of acting has improved a lot. Portrayals today are simpler and more convincing than the unreal, dramatic, artificial approach of the Purana days (contributed by Sudarshan Talwar).

Filmography

Filmographies might not be 100% accurate or complete because of various reasons including artistes with similar names

Title
Year
Country
Producer
Director
More Info
Ansuon Ki Duniya
1936
India
Amrit Films
A. P. Kapoor
Hridaya Manthan
1936
India
Sangeet Film Company
Jaddanbai
Jeewan Jyoti
1937
India
Mohini Films
M. R. Kapoor
Punjab Lancers
1937
India
Imperial Film Company
N. G. Deware, Homi Master
Toofani Khazana
1937
India
Firdausi Pictures
G. K. Mehta
Fashionable Wife
1938
India
Vishnu Cine
Dhirubhai Desai
Bhedi Kumar
1939
India
Mohan Pictures
Chunilal Parekh
Flying Ranee
1939
India
Wadia Movietone
Aspi Irani
Hurricane Special
1939
India
Sunder M.
Chunilal Parekh
India In Africa
1939
India
Adarsha Chitra
Hiren Bose
Kahan Hai Manzil Teri
1939
India
Wadia Movietone
S. M. Yusuf
Jang-E-Azadi
1940
India
Chandra Art Production
Chandrarao
Rani Sahiba
1940
India
Vishnu Cine
Chunilal Parekh
Mere Sajan
1941
India
Empire Pictures
A. H. Essa
Red Signal
1941
India
Standard Pictures
Nari Ghadiali
Sajjan
1941
India
Sudarshan Chitra
Dwarka Khosla
Sasural
1941
India
Ranjit Film Company
Chaturbhuj Desai
Badal
1942
India
Eastern Pictures
Zahur Raja
Das Baje
1942
India
Prabhat Film Company
Raja Nene
Daughter Of The Jungle
1942
India
Bharat Production
Ramanlal Desai
Duniya Ek Tamasha
1942
India
Saubhagya Pictures
Dwarka Khosla
Mata
1942
India
Kirti Pictures
Gunjal
Nari
1942
India
Venus Pictures
Raja Yagnik
Bansari
1943
India
Ranjit Film Company
Jayant Desai
Salma
1943
India
Hind Pictures
Nazir
Kismetwala
1944
India
Jupiter Art Production
N. Vakil
Lakharani
1945
India
Prabhat Film Company
Vishram Bedekar
Baap
1946
India
Sree Raj Pics
S. Shamshuddin
Panihari
1946
India
Asiatic Art Production
Gunjal
Rupa
1946
India
N. R. Desai Production
Aisa Kyon
1947
India
Shree Raj Pictures
A. K. Chatterji
Geet Govind
1947
India
Kanu Desai Production
Ramchandra Thakur
Khandani
1947
India
Atre Pictures
Gunjal
Mangal Sutra
1947
India
Golden Pictures
Gunjal
Parshuram
1947
India
Navin Pictures
Ramnik Desai
Refugee
1948
India
Harishchandra Pictures
Harish
Dil Ki Basti
1949
India
Aina Pictures
Wahid Qureshi
Kaneez
1949
India
Carvan Pictures
Krishna Kumar
Tumhara Kaloo
1975
India
Basu Bhattacharya
Basu Bhattacharya
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