Sumati Gupte Joglekar was a successful actress and producer, who starred in both Marathi and Hindi films. Born in Wai, Maharashtra, she grew up in Baroda. She made her debut in films after she completed her graduation. Among her earliest Marathi films were Sant Ghyaneshwar (1940), Bhalji Pendharkar’s Thoratanchi Kamla (1941) in which she played Sambhaji’s fiancée, and Sunbai (1942) which was a hit. She performed in several plays such as Sanshaykallol, Udyacha Sansar, Sanyasta Khadag, Lagnachi Bedi and Vikarvilasit.
Her career in Hindi cinema saw her act in several films including Mausi (1958), Hamara Sansar (1945), Waqt (1965), Parivar (1968) and Aadmi Sadak Ka (1977). She and director husband Vasant Joglekar—they had grown close during the making of Chimukla Sansar (1943) and went on to marry—proceeded to produce films like Shevatcha Malusara (1966), Janaki (1979) and Ha Khel Savlyancha (1976), under their banner Mera Pictures.
Sumati was conferred with several prestigious awards in the course of career, including Rasarang’s Dadasaheb Phalke award, V. Shantaram award and the Chitrabhushan Jeevan Gaurav Award. Sumati and her husband launched their daughter Meera in the lead role opposite Joy Mukherjee in Ek Kali Muskayee (1968).
Sumati Gupte passed away on 31 October, 2009 at the age of 90.