Lalita Pawar (18 April 1916—24 February 1998) was a prolific Indian actress, who later became famous as character actress, appearing in over 700 films in Hindi and Marathi cinema, where she gave hits like, Netaji Palkar (1938), made by Bhalji Pendharkar, New Hana Pictures’ Sant Damaji, Navyug Chitrapat’s Amrit, written by VS Khandekar, and Chhaya Films’ Gora Kumbhar. Her other memorable roles were in film, Anari (1959), Shri 420 and Mr & Mrs 55, and the role of Manthara, in Ramanand Sagar's television epic serial, Ramayan.
Born Amba Laxman Rao Sagun, on (18 April 1916, into an orthodox family in a village, Yevle in Nashik, where her father Laxman Rao Shagun was a rich silk and cotton piecegoods merchant , she started her acting career at age nine, as a child artist in the film, ‘Raja Harishchandra’ (1928), and later went on to play lead roles in silent era and 1940's films Hindi cinema, in a career that lasted until the end of her life, spanning seven decades.
Her first marriage was to G.P. Pawar, a stunt film director , who directed most of her later silent, and initial sound films . She co-produced and acted in a silent film, Kailash (1932), and later produced another film,