Bhasha Sumbli is an Indian actor, theatre director, and theatre artist. In 2022, she played the role of Sharda Pandit in the Hindi film ‘The Kashmir Files.’
Bhasha Sumbli was born in Sumbal, Jammu and Kashmir and brought up in a Kashmiri Pandit’s migrant camp in Delhi. During an interview, she shared her memories while living in the camp. She said,
When my parents were forced to leave Kashmir like the rest of the community, I was a child. We lived in a camp in Delhi. The life there was full of misery. There was a constant fight for bread and blankets. I remember once my elderly grandfather had to almost wrestle with a young man for a blanket. It was so bad… That grief has remained with us.”
She did her acting in Koodiyattam (an ancient Indian classical acting form) and dancing from the National School of Drama, New Delhi.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
She was born in a Kashmiri Pandit family.
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Agni Shekhar, is an Indian poet and writer. Her mother, Kshama Kaul, works as a writer and political activist.
She is married to the Indian theatre actor Sunil Soni.
She started her career as a theatre artist and has performed in various theatre plays including a theatre plays directed by the renowned Kashmiri folk theatre artist Moti Lal Khemu.
At the age of 15, she wrote her first theatre play. She then wrote many Hindi theatre plays, and some of them were published in national journals. She has also worked as an acting mentor for various TV reality shows like ‘India’s Best Dramebaaz 2’ (2015) and ‘Sabse Bada Kalakar’ (2017).
Bhasha has organised various acting workshops for acting students.
She has appeared in one of the seasons of the Doordarshan TV serial ‘Ek Tha Rusty.’ In 2019, she acted in the Hindi TV serial ‘Mere Dad Ki Dulhan’ aired on Sony Entertainment Television. She made her Bollywood debut with the Hindi film ‘Chhapaak’ (2020) in which she played a cameo role. She has also worked as a mentor for the IPL extravaganza talk show ‘Super Funday’ (2021) aired on the Star network. In 2022, she appeared in the Hindi film ‘The Kashmir Files’ in which she played the role of Sharda Pandit.
- While she was in the NSD, her research articles on ancient and popular theatre forms were published in the magazine of the NSD named “Rang Prasang.”
- During an interview, while talking about studying in the NSD, Bhasha said,
We have little left to desire because our faculty comprises seasoned artists who can feel the need for whatever is required, most times before we realise it. We have more than what we could ask for and I can safely say we have the best campus and the best atmosphere for any institution is Delhi and beyond.”
- She received Inlaks Theatre Award for her acting skills in 2014.
- In her leisure time, she loves to read books and do the painting.
- She is a religious person and has shared various pictures while worshipping god on her Instagram account.
- During an interview, she shared an incident while shooting for the Hindi film ‘The Kashmir Files’ in 2022. She said,
There has often been talk of this brutal massacre at home. When the scene of cutting me with a saw was being shot in the shooting, my health got very bad. I could not see the difference between reel and real life. My BP got low and I started having trouble breathing. After completing the scene, I sat in a corner. At the same time, another scene was being filmed, where people were being shot by standing together. Vivek sir had cast Kashmiri Pandits there. When they were being shot with bullets, I started shouting there and started saying don’t kill my people. I had forgotten that acting was happening. The production team came to me and consoled me. Even Vivek sir came. I was not breathing at that time, I had panic attack. I could not understand how my life would be saved. Then I was sent back to the hotel. I stayed in the hotel room for three days and did not talk to anyone. However, after that I felt very embarrassed that despite being an acting coach, how could I have such a breakdown. I could not even make eye contact with the crew members.”