Varsha Usgaonkar is an Indian film actress from Goa, who has worked in various Bollywood and Marathi movies as the leading lady. During the 1990s, she was the most popular actress in Marathi cinema.Usgaonkar has to her credit many Marathi hits such as Sawat Majhi Ladki, Dhumakul, Lapandaav,Aflatoon, Gadbal Gotala and others. She has also starred as the lead actress in the Bollywood films Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi and Pathreela Raasta. In 2005 she appeared in the Bollywood films Mangal Pandey: The Rising and Mr Ya Miss as a supporting actress. In the Faisal Saif-directed controversial Hindi feature film, Jigyaasa, she played mother to Hrishitaa Bhatt. The role of Uttara, wife of Abhimanyu and mother of Parikshit, (the future of the Bharat Dynasty in Mahabharata) created a turning point in her career. Usgaonkar started her television career in the late 1990s, after taking a hiatus from movies. She has appeared in the Marathi shows Aakash Zep and Eka Mekansathi, and she has also acted in the Hindi television serials Alvida Darling, Tanha and Anhonee. Usgaonkar has also sung in a Konkani music album Roop Tujem Laita Pixem with Ulhas Buyao.