Padmini Kolhapure is a famous Bollywood actress. She began acting in 1972, at the age of 7. Her early works included Zindagi and Dream Girl. She then had her breakthrough with the film Satyam Shivam Sundaram, starring as young Roopa. 

At the age of fifteen, Padmini won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Insaf Ka Tarazu. At the age of seventeen, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the film Prem Rog. 

Recently in an interview, Padmini remembering Rishi Kapoor told, “I have so many memories (with him). I have done a couple of films with Rishi Ji. Talking about Prem Rog, I remember when he was doing the film, he was like, ‘What am I doing in the film? It is Padmini’s film, it is Manorama’s film. The story is going to be around her.’ But little did he know about the impact he created on people’s minds. I think that is probably one of his great films.”

Apart from Prem Rog, Padmini was also the co-actor of Rishi in Zamaane Ko Dikhaana Hai, Pyar Ke Kabil and Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasan. “I had met him a few years back. He was always full of life. When he came across as was who he was,” she added. 

The actress, who was last seen in Arjun Kapoor’s Panipat, recently launched the music label Dhamaka Records, in association with her son Priyaank K Sharma. The mother and son duo launched ‘Hum Hindustani’ as the first song under the label. When asked if her fan would see her exploring Bollywood as a singer, Padmini replied, “Let’s see what my son has in store for me. I can’t say anything right now.” But was she ever keen to be a singer? “I wanted to become a playback singer but then destiny took a turn. Of course, took a great turn. But I do sort of regret not being a playback singer. I just loved singing, even now I love to sing.”

For the unversed, Padmini is the niece of legendary singers Asha Bhonsle and Lata Mangeshkar. Her father Pandharinath Kolhapure was also a musician. So, how was it growing up with them? “I have learned so much from them. My father used to sing and teach. At recordings, I have heard how Lata ji or Asha ji used to sing. The problem is because they are such perfectionists with such great voices, it is hard to like any other voice. I cannot think beyond Asha Bhonsle, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Mohd Rafi, and more. Whenever I hear retro songs, I go into a frenzy. In my room, 24/7 my radio is on. The songs take you down the memory lane.”

Are star kids always pushed to carry their parents’ legacy forward? “Not at all. There was no stress for Shraddha or Priyaank. We just encouraged them,” she said. “Priyaank had the ambition to get into films but Shraddha and Siddhant never expressed that they wanted to do movies. Suddenly, one fine day, she just decided,” she explained.

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