Sarika Thakur, better known as Sarika, is an Indian actress.
Sarika was born in
New Delhi into a family of Marathi and Rajput descent. Her father left away the family when she was very young. From then, she became the head of the family and was forced to work. She did not attend school.
Sarika started her film career as a child actor at the age of 4, playing the role of a boy, Master Sooraj, during the 1960s in Bollywood. Her most notable and popular appearance as a child artist was in the year 1967 musical superhit
where she was seen as the daughter of Hamraaz Vimi named baby/saarika. She appeared in many children's movies. Later She moved on to films with Rajshri Productions with Geet Gaata Chal Sachin, with whom she starred in many Hindi and Marathi films.
In her acting career, she was often cast as a "westernized girl" in films due to look Non-Indian looks. She gave birth to a baby girl Shruti Hassan in 1986. She gave up her acting career after her marriage to Kamal Haasan and moved to Chennai with him during the peak of her career. After separation, she made a comeback with Hindi films. She played
Ipsita Ray Chakraverti in the film which failed at the box office. Sacred Evil – A True Story
In year 2000, she won the
National Film Award for Best Costume Design for the film . Her performance in Hey Ram in which she plays the role of a Zoroastrian woman who loses her child during the 2002 riots of India, fetched her the Parzania National Film Award for Best Actress.
She has starred as Sheetal Thadani in the movie
(2006), where she played wife of Bheja Fry Rajat Kapoor. She also had a small but important role in . Her latest movie is Manorama Six Feet Under which has been delayed for production where she stars opposite Shoebite Amitabh Bachchan.
She made her television debut in
Sony TV's which stars Yudh Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role. Baar Baar Dekho (2016) Purani Jeans (2014) as Sherry Lawrance (2013).... David Club 60 (2013)....Dr. Sayra Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) .... Dr. Zoya Ali Khan (2012) .... Aditi Shoebite (2010) Society Kaccha Limbu (2009) (2008) .... Hari Puttar's Mother Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors Y.M.I. (2008) .... Sushma Talreja Yeh Mera India (2008) (uncredited) .... Tahaan's Mother Tahaan (2007) .... Manorama Manorama Six Feet Under (2007) .... Sheetal R. Thadani Bheja Fry (2006) .... Pushpa Kapoor Baabul Sacred Evil (2006) .... Ipsita (2005) .... Ira Haksar Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow Parzania (2005) .... Shehnaz (2004) .... Dolly American Daylight (2003) .... Party guest Raghu Romeo (2003) Punnagai Poove Aakhri Sanghursh (1997) .... Seeta (1989) .... Munni/Sarika Santosh Ajeeb Itefaq (1989) .... Aparna/Arpana Kharidar (1988) (1986) .... Dancer/Singer Swati .... Ruhi Shart (1986) .... Sapna Dilwaala Mangal Dada (1986) (1986) Zinda Laash Ek Daku Saher Mein (1985) .... Ranjana (1985) (uncredited) .... Lily (scene from "Devta") Ram Tere Kitne Nam Ek Bhool (1985) (TV) Karishmaa (1984) .... Neeta (1984) Gangvaa Ram Tera Desh (1984) .... Lily D'Souza (1984) Aasmaan Akalmand (1984) .... Advocate Shobha Raaj Tilak (1984) .... Gypsy (1983) .... Juhi Sinha/Juhi V. Gupta Bade Dil Wala (1983) (as Baby Sarika) .... Mala Nastik Bagga Daku (1983) Razia Sultan (1983) (1982) .... Neelima Vidhaata (1982) .... Asha Badle Ki Aag Meharbaani (1982) Teesri Aankh (1982) .... Rekha Yeh Vaada Raha (1982) .... Rita Saxena (1982) .... Aruna Gupta Shriman Shrimati (1982) .... Sheela Satte Pe Satta (1982) .... Sushma Daulat Dil Hi Dil Mein (1982) .... Gulabo/Rani (1981) Sannata (1981) .... Kiran Dahshat Kranti (1981) .... Sheetal Nai Imarat (1981) Plot No. 5 (1981) (1981) .... Anita Kohli Sharada (1980) .... Asha Jyoti Bane Jwala Nazrana Pyar Ka (1980) .... Anuradha (1980) Pyaara Dushman Yeh Kaisa Insaf? (1980) .... Sudha (1979) .... Shikha Bin Phere Hum Tere (1979) .... Sapna Griha Pravesh Jaan-E-Bahaar (1979) .... Kuku Rai (1979) .... Bindiya Jaani Dushman (1979) .... Paro/Tina Raakhi Ki Saugandh Til Til Dalekha (1979) (1978) .... Laxmi Rai Dil Aur Deewaar Tik...Tik...Tik .... as Miss India Anpadh (1978) .... Geeta 'Anpadh' (1978) ...... Lily Devata (1978) Madhu Malti Paradh (1977) Marathi Film ( Nutan Sachin & Shiram Lagu) (1976) (uncredited) .... TV Newsreader Bundal Baaz (1976) .... Asha Raksha Bandhan (1975) .... Kali Khushboo Geet Gaata Chal (1975) .... Radha (1975) Kaagaz Ki Nao Vandana (1975) (1972) (as Baby Sarika) Haar Jeet (1971) (uncredited) .... Gopi Chhoti Bahu Jawan Muhabat (1971) (as Baby Sarika) .... Rekha Sareen (1970) (as Moppet Suraj) .... Deepak Devi Beti (1969) .... Little Nanda (1969) (as Baby Sarika) .... Deepak 'Deepu' Balak Jyoti (1969) (1969) (as Baby Sarika) .... Kabul S. Archarya Satyakam (1968) (as Baby Sarika) .... Neena Aashirwad (1967/I) .... Sarika Hamraaz (1967) .... Uma – Hemangini Majhli Didi National Film Award for Best Actress National Film Award for Best Costume Design BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Social Role - Female