|Real name||Leela Misra|
|Famous Role||"Mausiji" in Sholay (1975)|
|Height (approx.)||Not Known
|Weight (approx.)||Not Known|
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Debut||Film: Gangavataran (1937)
|Last Film||Aatank (1996)
|Date of Birth||1 January 1908, (Wednesday)|
|Birthplace||Jais, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India (present-day Uttar Pradesh, India)|
|Date of Death||17 January 1988|
|Place of Death||Bombay, Maharashtra, India (present-day Mumbai)|
|Age (at the time of death)||80 Years|
|Death Cause||Heart Attack citation|
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Married|
|Husband/Spouse||Ram Prasad Misra|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Leela Mishra
- Leela Mishra was a veteran Indian actress, who has featured in more than 200 films for Hindi cinema. She was popular for playing the roles of “Chachi’s and Mausi’s” in Bollywood films. Her most prominent role for which she is remembered was of “Mausiji” in Sholay (1975).
- Leela Mishra belonged to a conservative family of “zamindars”. Her Husband, Ram Prasad Mishra, was a character artist, who worked in silent movies. She moved to Bombay, in 1934 with her husband.
- Leela Mishra was married at the age of 12 and gave birth to two daughters at the age of 17.
- Mama Shinde, who worked with Dada Phalke’s Nasik Cinetone, discovered Leela Mishra and enquired if, she was interested to act in films.
- Due to the shortage of actresses in earlier days, Leela Mishra was paid five hundred rupees per month whereas, her husband was paid one hundred fifty rupees only.
- Leela Mishra and her husband were offered to play the role of Mandodari and Ravan in Sati Sulochana ( 1934). But their inexperience led to their contracts being canceled.
- Later on, a distributor from Kolhapur Cinetone, owned by the Maharaja of Kolhapur, saw something in her asked, if she wanted to work in movies and she went on to sign a contract with them.
- In her first film Bhikarin (1935), she was asked to put an arm around her co-actor to which she opposed due to her traditional and conservative beliefs.
- She was cast as lead actor in Gangavataran (1937) as Parvati that was her first big role and the film turned out to be a success.
- Leela Mishra played the character of the mother for the first time in Honhar (1936), where she was cast as the heroine but refused to hug and embrace his co-actor.
- She moved to Calcutta in 1940 and, worked on three films which were Fazli Brothers’ Qaidi, Kidar Sharma’s Chitralekha, and R.C. Talwar’s Khamoshi.
- Kisi Se Na Kehna (1942), was a big success for which, she got popularized for playing the motherly roles in the industry. After this, she never looked backward.
- Her performance in Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977) was one her finest and, is widely acclaimed by the audience. She did not even charge any payments for this film.
- Leela Mishra didn’t like to watch movies in the theatre in an interview, she told-
What for? Why waste money on cabs and tickets and sit in a stuffy theatre through the whole painful process of watching those flashes of brilliance? Don’t I know I am a three-scene actress. I prefer to spend my money and energy on good food, good neighbors, and good literature, that is the Ramayan.”
- Her character of “Mausiji” in Sholay (1975) is one of the most iconic roles played by her and, is still in the memories of thousands of her fans.