Ratna Pathak Shah Biography, Movies, Television, Awards, Career


Ratna Pathak Shah Biography, Movies, Television, Awards, Career

The iconic actor Ratna Pathak is celebrated throughout the nation for her brilliant screen presence and charming aura. The way she evaluates all the characters she plays shows the extent of her talent. Ratna Pathak is undoubtedly one of the best actresses in the Indian cinema industry, at the present. Check here Ratna Pathak Shah Biography, Movies, Television, Awards, Career and more.

Ratna Pathak Shah Biography

Early Life

Ratna Pathak was born on March 18, 1957, into a Gujarati family in Bombay, India. Her mother, Dina Pathak, is widely known actor who has acted in over 120 films within six decades. Ratna Pathak’s father was Baldev Pathak. Her sibling Supriya Pathak is also a well-known Indian actor. It seems that the excellence of acting flowed through blood in the family.

Ratna Pathak did her schooling at J. B. Vachha High School in Dadar, Mumbai. After finishing school, she entered the National School of Drama in Delhi.


Pathak’s film career began in 1983 with Mandi. Later she kept on with numerous movies in both Hindi and English language. Mirch Masala (1987), Jaane Tu YaJaaneNa (2008), Golmaal 3 (2010), Khoobsurat (2014),Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) (2016), Nil Battey Sannata (2016), Thappad (2020) are some of her films that have been loved by all. Pathak’s film Lipstick Under My Burkha in 2017 had been in controversy regarding the concept of the story. Despite the backlashes, the movie received a lot of appreciation.

Pathak made her OTT film debut with Amazon Prime Video’s Unpaused in 2020, though her first OTT presence was with Hotstar’sSarabhai Vs Sarabhai: Take 2 in 2017, followed by Netflix’s Selection Day in 2018. The Perfect Murder (1988), The Coffin Maker (2011), Heat and Dust (1983), and Mr. Ahmed (1995) are the English films where Pathak has eased the characters she portrayed.

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Ratna Pathak was first seen on Indian television in 1985 in the Hindi sitcom IdharUdhar which was aired on Doordarshan. In the later years, she worked in multiple dramas, including Filmi Chakkar (1988), Tara (1993), Mast Mast Hai Zindagi (1996), Apna Apna Style (2000). In 2004 she starred in Star One’s sitcom Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai where Pathak played Maya Sarabhai. The show soon became a blockbuster. Her character turned out to be very famous and is still remembered. The popularity of the show made the makers create a sequel of the show. Finally, in 2017 Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai: Take 2 was screened on Hotstar.

Ratna Pathak Shah Personal Life

Ratna Pathak got married to renowned veteran actor Nasiruddin Shah in 1982. The couple has two sons Imaad Shah and Vivaan Shah. Heeba Shah is Nasiruddin Shah’s daughter from his previous marriage. The wonderful husband-wife duo is admired by many.



  • Indian Telly Awards for Best Actress in a Comic Role for Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai in 2005.
  • London Asian Film Festival for Standout Performance for Lipstick Under My Burkha in 2017.
  • Ottawa Indian Film Awards, Canada for Best Achievement in Acting Award for Lipstick Under My Burkha in 2017.
  • News 18 Movie Awards for Best Actress for Lipstick Under My Burkha in 2018.


  • Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Actress – Comedy for Sarabhai vs Sarabhai in 2006.
  • Jaane Tu YaJaane Na got her nominated for Screen Awards and Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress in 2009.
  • For Golmaal 3, Ratna Pathak was nominated for the category of Best Supporting Actress for Filmfare Awards, Screen Awards, International Indian Film Academy Awards, Producers Guild Awards, and Zee Cine Awards in 2011.
  • In 2017, she got the nomination for Stardust Awards, Filmfare Awards, International Indian Film Academy Awards, Zee Cine Awards, and News 18 Movie Awards for Best Supporting Actor for Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921).
  • She was nominated for Zee Cine Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female for Nil Battey Sannata in 2017.
  • Lipstick Under My Burkha had her nominated for six national and international awards, out of which Pathak won three (mentioned above). The ones she could not win are the Indian Film Festival Melbourne (for Best Actress), Zee Cine Awards (for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female), and Filmfare Awards (for Best Supporting Actress).

Sum up

Ratna Pathak has always been a stand out actor in Indian cinema and television. She has portrayed characters in films and dramas that belonged to various genres with different aura. The way she acts brings life to the characters. Pathak has become one of the widely celebrated actors of the present time.

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