mithun shettywrote on May 25 2009 3:29PM
Shobhna Samarth was an actress who began in the early days of sound in the Indian film industry. She started with Marathi cinema and her first Hindi film, Nigahen Nafrat was released in 1935. She is best remembered for her portrayal of Sita in Ram Rajya (1943).She was married to director and cinematographer Kumarsen Samarth. They had four children. Eventually the couple parted amicably and Shobhana became linked to actor Motilal (Moti Lal.Two of her daughters became leading actresses when they grew up, they were Nutan Behl and Tanuja Samarth. Shobhana produced their debut films. She used to command a lakh as per fees during the 50's era which no one ever dreamt of.
She died from cancer in 2000. Samarth won a Filmfare Special Award in 1996.