Smita Talwalkar passed away today, August 06, 2014 at Jaslok Hospital, leaving behind a legacy of not only plays, films and television serials, but also personal memories. Smita Talwalkar was fifty nine years old, and was being treated at Jaslok for ovarian cancer.
“She passed away today at 02:30 am in the hospital. She had cancer of the ovaries which was treated six years ago. That time, the disease was in the advanced stage. We managed to tackle it in the most capable way, following which she was treated for chemotherapy.” stated Doctor Murlidhar Kamat, who was treating Smita Talwalkar.
Known for her acting in movies like Tu Saubhagyavati Ho and Chaukat Raja, Smita Talwalkar had started her career as a newsreader on television. She was also among the most successful producers of the Marathi film circuit, with two National awards to her credit.
“She was like a mother to me. We worked on so many productions together, but I was lucky to know her on a personal level as well.” The veteran used to often cook for the unit, right from personally purchasing the ingredients to ensuring everyone had had their fill. “She knew we would have gotten bored with the food we got on the sets so she often made fish curry,” Shrotri says. “We would go shopping for the fish together. She called me Mumma’s boy!” recalls Pushkar Shrotri.
Smita Talwalkar was also active on television and produced serials like Avantika, Gurukul and Uncha Majha Zoka.
Mrunal Kulkarni, who played the protagonist in Avantika fondly remembers Smita Talwalkar and stated, “She acted in the first film I directed, and though she was a veteran, she never made me feel like I was falling short in any way. She encouraged me and talked about how there needed to be more female directors in the industry.”
Inspiring, talented and someone who had a heart of gold, that’s how everyone will remember Smita Talwalkar.
Smita Talwalkar passed away today, August 06, 2014 at Jaslok Hospital, leaving behind a legacy of not only plays, films and television serials, but ...2.0