Beloved actor-filmmaker, icon of middle class cinema Amol Palekar was Born On This Day

Beloved actor-filmmaker, icon of middle class cinema Amol Palekar was #BornOnThisDay. Known for playing gentle, mild-mannered protagonists on screen, he gave memorable performances in light-hearted, slice-of-life comedies. He embodied a certain type of tender, playful hero that was a whiff of fresh air.

He studied fine arts at the Sir JJ School of Arts, Mumbai, and commenced his artistic career as a painter. As a painter, he had seven one-man exhibitions and participated in many group shows. He has been active in the avant garde theatre in India. He has been active in Marathi and Hindi theatre as an actor, director and producer since 1967. His contribution to the modern Indian theatre is often overshadowed by his popularity as a lead actor in Hindi films.

As an actor, he was most prominent for over a decade from 1970. His image as a “boy next door” contrasted with the larger-than-life heroes prevalent at that time in Indian cinema. He received one Filmfare and six State awards as Best Actor. His performances in regional language films in Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam and Kannada fetched him critical acclaim as well. He decided not to act after 1986 in order to concentrate on filmmaking.

As a director, he is known for the sensitive portrayal of women, selection of classic stories from Indian literature, and perceptive handling of progressive issues. He has directed several television serials on the national network such as Kachchi Dhoop, Mrignayani, Naquab, Paool Khuna and Krishna Kali.

Personal life

Amol Palekar was born to Kamlakar and Suhasini Palekar in a lower-middle-class family in Mumbai. He was raised along with his three sisters, Neelon, Rekha and Unnati, by his father who worked in the General Post Office and his mother who worked in a private company.[9] He worked at the Bank of India before he switched full-time to a career in acting. He also does some social work. He married Sandhya Gokhale after his divorce from his first wife, Chitra.[10][11][2] Palekar regards himself as an agnostic atheist.


As an actor

1969Bajiraocha BetaMarathi film
1971Shantata! Court Chalu AaheMarathi film
1975Jeevana JyotiSanjayTelugu film
1976Chhoti Si BaatArun Pradeep
1977BhumikaKeshav Dalvi
1977Agar… IfAnil Aggarwal
1977Taxi TaxieDev/Hero
1977Tuch Maazi RaaniMarathi film
1977Kanneshwara RamaCheniraKannada film (short film)
1978Safed JhootAmol ‘Ramu’ Palekar
1979Baaton Baaton MeinTony Braganza
1979Gol MaalRam Prasad Sharma/
Lakshman Prasad Sharma (Lucky)
Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1979Do Ladke Dono KadkeHari
1979Meri Biwi Ki ShaadiBhagwant Kumar Bartendu “Bhagu”
1979Solva Sawan
1979Bin Baap Ka Beta
1979Mother 1979 filmMarathi film
1979Jeena YahanDinesh
1980AanchalKishan Lal
1980Apne ParayeChandranath
1981Naram GaramRam Eshwar Prasad
1981AkrietMukutrao ShindeMarathi film
1981KalankiniBengali film
1981Agni PareekshaAlok Choudhary / Ramesh Khanna
1981Chehre Pe ChehraPeter
1981Plot No. 5
1982Jeevan DhaaraAnand Bhatnagar
1982OlangalRavi ChattanMalayalam film
1982Shriman ShrimatiMadhu Gupta
1983Rang BirangiAjay Sharma
1983Pyaasi Aankhen
1983Chena AchenaBengali film
1984Aadmi Aur AuratTapan SinhaTV Movie
1984Sringara MasaKannada film
1984Mr. XAmarVoice dubbed by other artist
1985KhamoshAmol Palekar
1985JhoothiInspector Kamal Nath
1985Ankahee (1985 film)Devkinandan Chaturvedi ‘Nandu’
1985AbashesheBengali film
1986Baat Ban JayeYeshwant Rao Bhonsle
1994Teesra Kaun?C. K. Kadam
2001AksThe Defence Minister
2009SamaantarKeshav VazeMarathi film

As a director

  • Aakreit (Unimaginable in Marathi) – 1981
  • Ankahee (Unspoken) – 1985
  • Thodasa Rumani Ho Jaye – 1990
  • Bangarwadi – 1995
  • Daayraa (The Square Circle) – 1996
  • Anahat (Forever)
  • Kairee (Raw mango) – 2001
  • Dhyaas Parva (Kal Kaa Aadmi in Hindi) – 2001 (based on Raghunath Karve’s life, won the National Award for Best Film on Family Welfare)[13]
  • Paheli (Riddle) – 2005 (India’s official entry to the 78th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film)
  • Quest (English) – 2006 (won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English)
  • Dumkata (2007)
  • Samaantar (Marathi) – 2009
  • …And Once Again – 2010
  • Dhoosar (Marathi) – 2011 (won the Maharashtra State Film Award)

Feature films in other regional languages[edit]

  • Mother (Bengali) (with Sharmila Tagore & Dipankar Dey)
  • Kalankini (Bengali) (with Mamata Shankar – directed by Dhiren Ganguly)
  • Chena Achena (Bengali) (with Tanuja & Soumitra Chaterjee)
  • Kanneshwara Rama (Kannada) (with Anant Nag & Shabana Aazmi – directed by M.S. Sathyu)
  • Paper Boats (Kannada & English) (with Deepa – directed by Pattabhirama Reddy)
  • Olangal (Malayalam) (with Poornima Jyaram & Ambika – directed by Balu Mahendra)

TV serials[edit]

  • Kachchi Dhoop – 1987
  • Naqab – 1988
  • Paoolkhuna – 1993
  • Mrignayanee – 1991
  • Kareena Kareena – 2004
  • AA Bail Mujhe Maar – 1987
  • Ek Nayi Ummeed-Roshni – 2015


National Film Awards
Best Feature Film in MarathiBangarwadi1995Won
Special Jury Award (Feature Film)Daayraa1996Won
Best Film on Other Social IssuesKairee1999Won
Best Film on Family WelfareDhyaas Parva2000Won
Best Feature Film in EnglishQuest2006Won
Filmfare Award
Best ActorChhoti Si Baat1977Nominated
Gol Maal1980Won
Filmfare Marathi Awards
Best ActorAkriet1981Won


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