Dina Pathak is noted Hindi and Gujarati theatre, television and film actress.
Born Dina Gandhi in Bhavnagar on March 4, 1922, she had refused to enroll in Laadli Bibi, a school meant exclusively for purdah-clad girls and instead prevailed upon her parents to send her to a boys' school.
Moving towards students activism, she was rusticated a number of times and thus has the distinction of studying in many Bombay colleges.
Inescapably drawn into the theatre movement as a founder member of the IPTA, she rubbed shoulders with Balraj Sahni and Mulk Raj Anand. Dina Gandhi wrote, directed and produced many plays. While in Ahmedabad, she was associated with the theatre movement called Natya Vidya Mandir.
Her Hindi film career began in 1965 with the film UsKi Kahani for which she won the prestigious BFJA Award. Her notable Hindi film was V. Shantaram's Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli in which she played the role of an evil queen. Golmaal, Koshish, Mirch Masala, Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho are few of the films that she has worked in.
Pathak also directed a few plays like Gujarati Maina Gurjari. Pathak features in the recently launched serial Khichdi with her daughter Supriya.
She passed away after a prolonged illness on 11 Oct, 2002 at her daughter Ratna's Bandra residence. A few months before her death, Pathak was busy with her assignments shooting for around 15 hours a day at times. She is survived by daughters Supriya and Ratna and sons-in-law, Pankaj Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah.