Ratna Pathak Shah (born 18 March 1957) is an Indian actress and director known for her work in Hindi theatre, television, and films. Her extensive work in theatre includes a series of plays in both English and Hindi. She rose to prominence when she appeared in the hit TV serial Idhar Udhar in the 1980s.
She garnered widespread recognition and acclaim with her portrayal of Maya Sarabhai, a snobbish socialite in the sitcom Sarabhai vs Sarabhai (2004-2006). Her other prominent roles include in the coming-of-age film Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008), action comedy film Golmaal 3 (2010), family drama film Kapoor and Sons (2016), and the black-comedy film Lipstick Under My Burkha (2017), all of which earned her nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also appeared in the romantic comedy Ek Mai Aur Ekk Tu (2012) and the comedy-drama Khoobsurat (2014). She married actor Naseeruddin Shah, with whom she has two sons.
Early Life and Career
Ratna Pathak Shah is a Gujarati Hindu. She was born on 18 March 1957 in Mumbai, India to Baldev Pathak and actress Dina Pathak. She is the sister of actress Supriya Pathak.
Pathak is an alumna of the J. B. Vachha High School, Dadar, Mumbai and the 1981 batch of the National School of Drama, Delhi.
As well as appearing in many successful films, including Mirch Masala, Ratna Pathak appeared as the wife in The Perfect Murder.
She also acted in the hit comedy sitcom Sarabhai vs Sarabhai where she played high society elite, for which she received the ITA Award for Best Actress – Comedy in 2005.
In July 2008 she appeared in the coming-of-age romantic drama Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na as the mother of the protagonist. Naseeruddin Shah played her husband, as a deceased character who talks to her from a portrait. She has also acted in several Russian plays, as well as co-founding and being an active member of “Motley Theatre Group”. She appeared in the action comedy Golmaal 3 opposite Mithun Chakraborty. She was a part of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Selection Committee for 2012 Awards.
Husband, Children and Family Life
Ratna Pathak married Naseeruddin Shah in 1982. They have two sons Imaad Shah and Vivaan Shah. Naseeruddin Shah has a daughter, Heeba Shah, from his first marriage.
Ratna Pathak Shah’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $800, 000.