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Amol Palekar

Amol Palekar
Amol Palekar in 2009
Born (1944-11-24) 24 November 1944 [1]
Mumbai, India
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Sandhya Gokhale
Awards Filmfare Best Actor Award:
1980: Gol Maal

Amol Palekar (born 24 November 1944) is an Indian actor and a director and producer of Hindi and Marathi cinema.[2]


  • Career 1
    • Theatre journey 1.1
    • Movie career 1.2
  • Personal life 2
  • Partial filmography 3
    • As an actor 3.1
    • As a director 3.2
    • Feature films in other regional languages 3.3
    • TV serials 3.4
  • Reality television shows 4
  • Awards 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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 modern Indian theatre often gets 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, Malyalam 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".

Theatre journey

Palekar began in Marathi experimental theatre with Satyadev Dubey, and later started his own group, Aniket, in 1972.

Movie career

Palekar made his debut in 1971 with the Marathi film Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe directed by Satyadev Dubey, which started the New Cinema Movement in Marathi.[3]

In 1974 he was cast as an actor by Basu Chatterjee in Rajnigandha, and in the surprise low-budget hit, Chhoti Si Baat. This led to many other such roles in "middle-class" comedies, mostly alternative cinema. These were often directed by Chatterjee or Hrishikesh Mukherjee and include such films as Gol Maal and Naram Garam. He won the Filmfare Best Actor Award for Gol Maal.

He is noted for his image of the "middle-class everyman" who struggles to get a job (Gol-Maal), his own flat (Gharonda), a girlfriend/wife (Baaton Baaton Mein), and appreciation from his boss.

In 1979, he was paired with a 16 year old Sridevi in Solva Saawan , which was her debut Hindi movie as a heroine. Amol played the role of a mentally retarded, handicapped man, a character played by Kamal haasan in the original Tamil movie.

In 1982 he played the role of Ravi in the Malayalam movie Olangal. He turned to directing with the Marathi film Aakriet. He showed his capabilities as a director with movies such as Thodasa Roomani Ho Jaayen and Paheli. Thodasa Roomani Ho Jaayen has become a part of management courses and study pertaining to human behaviour.[4][5] Paheli was India's official entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2006 Oscars. The movie, however, did not make it to the final nominations.

He has also given his voice to an TeachAIDS.[6] He is willing to act once again if he is given a challenging role.[7]

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, Neelam, Rekha and Unnati, by his father who worked in the General Post Office and his mother who worked in a private company.[8] He used to work at the Bank of India before he switched full-time to a career in acting. He also does some social work. He has two daughters and married writer Sandhya Gokhale after his divorce from his first wife, Chitra.[9][10][11] Palekar regards himself as an agnostic.[12]

Partial filmography

As an actor

Year Film Character/Role Co-stars Notes
1969 Bajiraocha Beta Surekha, Sharad Talwalkar, Ganesh Solanki Marathi film
1974 Rajnigandha Sanjay Vidya Sinha
1975 Chhoti Si Baat Arun Pradeep Vidya Sinha, Asrani, Ashok Kumar
1976 Chitchor Vinod Zarina Wahab
1976 Gharonda Sudip Zarina Wahab
1977 Bhumika Keshav Dalvi Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Anant Nag
1977 Agar... If Anil Aggarwal Zarina Wahab
1977 Taxi Taxie Dev/Hero Zaheera, Reena Roy, Jalal Agha, Aruna Irani
1977 Tuch Maazi Raani Jayashree T, Meena T, Padma Chavan, Madhu Aapte Marathi film
1978 Damaad Ranjeeta
1979 Baaton Baaton Mein Tony Braganza Tina Munim, David, Asrani
1979 Gol Maal Ram Prasad Sharma/
Lakshman Prasad Sharma
Bindiya Goswami, Utpal Dutt Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1979 Do Ladke Dono Kadke Hari Moushumi Chatterji, Navin Nischol
1979 Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi Bhagwant Kumar Bartendu "Bhagu" Ranjeeta, Ashok Saraf
1980 Aanchal Kishan Lal Raakhee, Rajesh Khanna
1980 Apne Paraye Chandranath Shabana Azmi, Girish Karnad, Utpal Dutt
1981 Naram Garam Ram Eshwar Prasad Swaroop Sampat, Utpal Dutt, A. K. Hangal
1982 Jeevan Dhaara Anand Bhatnagar Rekha, Raj Babbar
1982 Olangal Ravi Chattan Poornima Jayaram, Adoor Bhasi Malayalam film
1983 Shriman Shrimati Madhu Gupta Sanjeev Kumar, Raakhee, Rakesh Roshan
1983 Rang Birangi Ajay Sharma Parveen Babi, Farooq Sheikh, Deepti Naval
1984 Tarang Rahul Smita Patil, Shreeram Lagoo, Girish Karnad
1984 Aadmi Aur Aurat Tapan Sinha Mahua Roy Choudury, Kalyan Chatterjee
1985 Khamosh Himself Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi
1985 Jhoothi Inspector Kamal Nath Rekha, Raj Babbar
1986 Baat Ban Jaye Yeshwant Rao Bhonsle Zeenat Aman, Utpal Dutt
1994 Teesra Kaun? C. K. Kadam Chunky Pandey, Satish Shah, Rakesh Bedi
2001 Aks The Defence Minister Amitabh Bachchan, Raveena Tandon, Manoj Bajpai
2009 Samaantar Keshav Vaze Sharmila Tagore, Makrand Deshpande Marathi film]]

As a director

Feature films in other regional languages

  • 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

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

Reality television shows


Award Film Character Year Status
Best Actor Chhoti Si Baat Arun Pradeep 1977 Nominated
Gol Maal Ramprasad Sharma 1980 Won


  1. ^ ‘आपल्यातीलच एक’ थोडासा रुमानी झाला तेव्हा A correct reference about his birthday from Marathi language newspaper loksatta news,Birthday is confirmed person with him to be 24 November,1944 during Marathi language WorldHeritage workshop
  2. ^ "'Paheli is a simple, loveable film'".  
  3. ^ Chronology of Indian Cinema at upperstall
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Star touch to animated film on HIV/AIDS".  
  7. ^ "Amol Palekar: Can return to screen if role is challenging". November 17, 2013. NDTV. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Amol Palekar: Baaton Baaton Mein - The Times of India". The Times of India. 
  9. ^ [2].
  10. ^ "Amol Palekar is back in action, this time with an English language ...".  
  11. ^ Amol Palekar: Baaton Baaton Mein
  12. ^ Amol Palekar at ibnlive
  13. ^ "Focus". Retrieved 2015-07-26. 

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