Dina Pathak (née Gandhi; 4 March 1922 – 11 October 2002) was an Indian actress and director of Gujarati theatre and also a film actor. She was an activist and President of the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW).A doyenne of Hindi and Gujarati films as well as theatre, Dina Pathak acted in over 120 films in a career spanning over six decades. Her production Mena Gurjari in Bhavai folk theatre style, ran successfully for many years, and is now a part of its repertoire.She is best known for her memorable roles in the Hindi films Gol Maal and Khubsoorat. She was a favourite of the Art Cinema in India where she played powerful roles in films like Koshish, Umrao Jaan, Mirch Masala and Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!.Her notable Gujarati films were Moti Ba, Malela Jeev and Bhavni Bhavai, while her well-known plays include Dinglegar, Doll's House, Vijan Sheni and Girish Karnad's Hayavadana, directed by Satyadev Dubey.
She married Baldev Pathak and had two daughters, actresses Ratna Pathak (b. 1957), and Supriya Pathak (b. 1961).
Dina Pathak was born in Amreli, Gujarat on 4 March 1922. She was enamoured of fashion and films, and while a teenager, started acting in plays and won acclaim from critics. She attended and graduated from a college affiliated to the University of Bombay (Mumbai). Rasiklal Parikh trained her in acting while Shanti Bardhan taught her dancing.At a young age, she joined the Indian National Theatre as an actress. She became known for her student activism, where Bhavai theatre, a folk theatre form from Gujarat, was used extensively to create awareness about the British rule, in the pre-independence era; this led to her close association with Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA), along with her elder sister Shanta Gandhi and younger sister Tarla Mehta; while in Mumbai, she had an important hand in reviving the Gujarati theatre there, along with fellow Gujarati actors like Kailash Pandya and Damini Mehta.
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Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche
This compelling documentary explores Canadian film culture and tries to discover what defines Canadian film through interviews with notable filmmakers.
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Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya
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Chor Aur Chand
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Two good-for-nothing brothers are embroiled in a conspiracy involving a political assassination and try their best to save the country.
Yaad Rakhegi Duniya
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When Inspector Yadav (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) shoots down a criminal couple in the line of duty, his heart goes out to their orphaned baby son Krishna. He adopts the child, who grows up with Yadav's own...
Mohabbat Ke Dushman
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Kalpana Lajmi's directorial debut tells a story of an extramarital affair in the tea gardens of Assam. Hazarika contributes some fine compositions, overcoming the mandatory emphasis on regional folk-m...
Ek Chadar Maili Si
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Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!
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A Passage to India
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Those Seven Days
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A Film Producer goes into hiding after abducting his child.
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Dil... Akhir Dil Hai
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Yeh to Kamaal Ho Gaya
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Manorama, the daughter of a rich, orthodox family is married off, leaving her childhood friend Deodhar and his secret love for her in despair. When tragedy happens, she must fight for what's right.
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Two Bankrupt Boys
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Director Sampooran Singh Gulzar’s insightful comic drama aims to capture the unique perspective of childhood.
A young couple struggle with poverty, but a job opportunity which cancels their financial woes leads to new tests of character
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Samar wants to be successful in life but his parents force him to get married. His wife is shy and reserved and Samar does not like this. The other members in the family often ill-treat her.
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