Amol Palekar in 2009
24 November 1944 |
|Awards||Filmfare Best Actor Award:
1980: Gol Maal
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 three Film Fare 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".
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.
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 his movie Paheli which 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 HIV/AIDS education animated software tutorial created by the nonprofit organization TeachAIDS. He is willing to act once again if he is given a challenging role. 
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. 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. Palekar regards himself as an agnostic.
As an actor
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)
- Paheli (Riddle) – 2005
- Quest (English) – 2006 (won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English)
- Dumkata (2007)
- Samaantar (Marathi) – 2009 (with Sharmila Tagore)
- And Once Again – 2010
- Dhoosar (Marathi) – 2011 (won the Maharashtra State Film Award)
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 (Kanaada & English) (with Deepa - Directed by Pattabhirama Reddy)
- Olangal (Malayalam) (with Poornima Jyaram & Ambika - Directed by Balu Mahendra)
- Kachchi Dhoop – 1987
- Naqab – 1988
- Paoolkhuna – 1993
- Mrignayanee – 1991
- Kareena Kareena – 2004
- AA Bail Mujhe Maar
Reality television shows
|Best Actor||Chhoti Si Baat||Arun Pradeep||1977||Nominated|
|Gol Maal||Ramprasad Sharma||1980||Won|
- ‘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 wikipedia workshop
- "'Paheli is a simple, loveable film'". Rediff.com. 21 June 2005.
- Chronology of Indian Cinema at upperstall
- "Star touch to animated film on HIV/AIDS". The New Indian Express. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
- "Amol Palekar: Can return to screen if role is challenging". November 17, 2013. NDTV. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
- "Amol Palekar: Baaton Baaton Mein - The Times of India". The Times of India.
- "Amol Palekar is back in action, this time with an English language ...". Indian Express. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
- Amol Palekar: Baaton Baaton Mein
- Amol Palekar at ibnlive
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