Nivedita Joshi Saraf is an Indian film and television actress. She is known for working predominantly in the Marathi and Hindi film industries. In 2019, she became famous for playing the role of Asavari Kulkarni in Zee Marathi’s TV series ‘Aggabai Sasubai.’
Nivedita Joshi Saraf was born on Sunday, 10 January 1965 (age 58 years; as of 2023) in Bombay (now Mumbai). Her zodiac sign is Capricorn. At the age of 10, she began her acting career by working as a child actor in the Hindi and Marathi film industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts.
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Dark brown
Eye Colour: Black
Nivedita Joshi Saraf belongs to a Marathi family in Mumbai.
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Gajan Joshi, was a Marathi film actor, who died at the age of 40.
Her mother, Vimal Joshi, was a presenter at Akashvani and an interviewer, who died in 2021.
She has an elder sister named Meenal Joshi, a teacher.
Husband & Children
In 1990, she got married to Ashok Saraf, an Indian actor and comedian.
The couple has a son named Aniket Saraf, who is a chef.
In 1977, she made her debut as a child actor in the drama film ‘Apnapan’ in which she played the role of a beggar.
She worked in two more films as a child actor titled ‘Jalan’ and ‘Parivartan.’ In 1985, she worked in the film ‘Ardhangi.’ In 1987, she played the role of Chutki Singh in the action thriller film ‘Naam O Nishan’ starring Sanjay Dutt. In the same year, she played the role of Rajni Mathur in the crime film ‘Marte Dam Tak’ in which Raaj Kumar and Govinda were cast in lead roles. She played the role of Kamla in the 1988 film ‘Ghar Mein Ram Gali Mein Shyam.’ In 1988, she was cast to play the role of Madhuri in the film ‘Sarvashrestha.’ In the same year, she worked in the film ‘Afsar.’ She appeared as Seema in the 1991 action drama film ‘Narsimha’ starring Sunny Deol. In 1993, she played the role of Sunita in the action comedy film ‘King Uncle’ starring Jackie Shroff and Shah Rukh Khan. In 1999, she appeared in the film ‘Sar Ankhon Par.’
In 1984, she made her debut in the Marathi film industry with the film ‘Navri Mile Navryala’ in which played the role of Kaladevi Inamdar.
In the same year, she played the role of Aarti Joshi in the film ‘Gharcha Bhedi.’ In 1985, she appeared as Gauri Wakade in the film ‘Dhum Dhadaka.’ In 1987, she was cast to play the role of Tanuja Sardesai in the film ‘Kashasathi Premasathi.’ In the same year, she appeared as Gauri Dhoipode in the action comedy film ‘De Danadan.’ She played the role of Archana in the 1988 film ‘Kiss Bai Kiss.’ In 1989, she played the role of Meenakshi Aasankar in the film ‘Balache Baap Brahmachari.’ In the same year, she was cast in the film ‘De Dhadak Be Dhadak’ in which she played the role of Mona. In 1994, she appeared as Yashoda in the film ‘Majha Chakula.’ She played a negative character as Manee’s stepmother in the 2011 film ‘Aata Ga Baya.’ In 2013, she appeared as a member of an age housing society in the film ‘We Are On! Houn Jau Dya.’ In 2015, she worked in the drama film ‘Deool Band.’
In 1984, she made her debut with DD National’s sitcom ‘Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi’ in which she played the role of Rekha.
She appeared in a supporting role as Naina’s mother in StarPlus’ TV show ‘Sapno Se Bhare Naina’ released in 2010. In 2015, she played the role of Suman Purohit in StarPlus’ musical-romantic series ‘Phir Bhi Na Maane…Badtameez Dil.’ She was cast to play the role of Bhakti Singh in Colors TV’s 2019 social drama series ‘Kesari Nandan.’
In 1990, she worked in her first Marathi TV show titled ‘Bhikaji Rao Karodpati’ in which she played the role of Bhikaji’s wife.
In 2006, she worked in Zee Marathi’s show ‘Bandhan.’ In 2016, she appeared as Dushyant’s mother in Zee Marathi’s TV show ‘Duheri.’ After the popularity of the 2019 show ‘Aggabai Sasubai,’ she played the role of Asavari Raje in Zee Marathi’s 2021 show ‘Aggabai Sunbai,’ a spin-off series of ‘Aggabai Sasubai.’ In 2022, she was cast to play the role of Ratnamala Mohite Colors Marathi’s TV series ‘Bhagya Dile Tu Mala.’
Nivedita Joshi Saraf began acting in theatre with the play Tilak–Agarkar.
Later, she worked in many theatrical productions including ‘Akhercha Sawall,’ ‘Premachya Gava Jave,’ and ‘Shrimant.’ She went on a hiatus from acting for 15 years; however, because of her love for theatre, she made a comeback in acting on stage and worked in many plays such as ‘Hasat Khelat,’ ‘Vahto Hi Durvanchi Judi,’ ‘Vegal Vhayachay Mala,’ ‘Sangeet Sanshay Kallol,’ and more.
- 2019: Won Best Mother Award for Zee Marathi’s TV series ‘Aggabai Sasubai’ at Zee Marathi Utsav Natyancha Awards
- 2019: Won Best Mother-in-Law Award for Zee Marathi’s TV series ‘Aggabai Sasubai’ at Zee Marathi Utsav Natyancha Awards
- 2019: Won Best Daughter-in-Law Award for Zee Marathi’s TV series ‘Aggabai Sasubai’ at Zee Marathi Utsav Natyancha Awards
- 2019: Won Best Jodi (as Abhijeet-Asawari) Award for Zee Marathi’s TV series ‘Aggabai Sasubai’ at Zee Marathi Utsav Natyancha Awards
- 2021: Won Best Mother-in-Law Award for Zee Marathi’s TV series ‘Aggabai Sasubai’ at Zee Marathi Utsav Natyancha Awards
- 2022: Won Best Supporting Actress Award for Colors’ Marathi’s 2018 TV series ‘Bhagya Dile Tu Mala’ at the Big Marathi Entertainment Awards
- Food: Fish curries, Varan Bhaat, Vatana Usal, Kalvan Bhaat
- TV series: Manifest (2018)
- Nivedita Joshi Saraf also goes by the name Nivedita Ashok Saraf.
- She follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- On 3 April 2020, she created her YouTube channel ‘Nivedita Saraf Recipes,’ where she posts videos related to cooking. She has more than 250k subscribers on her YouTube channel.
- In an interview, she revealed that cooking is her passion; however, when she got married to Ashok Saraf, she did not know anything about cooking and used to call her mother for even the smallest task in cooking. She revealed that she does not eat street food at all; however, she cooks them at home.
- In an interview, she revealed that to stay fit, she practices yoga for three days and goes for a walk for the next three days.
- Nivedita Joshi Saraf and Ashok Saraf have an age gap of 18 years. The couple got married at Mangeshi Temple, Goa. Both have worked together in many Marathi films including ‘Navri Mile Navryala’ (1984) and ‘Ashi Hi Banva Banavi’ (1988).
- In an interview, she shared a memory of hers saying that after she got pregnant, she took a long break from acting and did not want his son to deal with what she went through in her childhood because when Nivedita’s father passed away, her mother had to work hard to take care of her two daughters, which was the reason she could not spend much time with Nivedita and her sister. She said,
When I got married to Ashok Saraf, I decided to take a break from acting while pregnant. I often felt that my baby should not have what we went through as children. Ashok was busy with films at that time so it was never possible for him to give time to his son. That’s why I took this decision. I didn’t want to take away my son’s happiness because of my passion for acting.”
- When she took a break from acting, she started her own saree brand named ‘Hansgamini.’