September 10, 1965 |
Belgaum, Karnataka, India
Atul Kulkarni (मराठी- अतुल कुलकर्णी) (born 10 September 1965) is an Indian actor who has won two National Awards and has attained the superstar status in Marathi film industry after successful movies like Valu (film) and Natarang.
Kulkarni won a National Award for his portrayal of Shriram Abhyankar in the film Hey Ram. Although he started his career in theatre, he has won critical acclaim for his performances in films like Page 3 and the Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti. He has acted in several Marathi movies including Maati Maay (A Gravekeeper's Tale) that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. He has achieved superstar status in Marathi Films with the success of blockbuster movie of year 2009–10 Natarang.
Kulkarni is currently the president of Quest a research-action organisation concentrating on enhancing quality of education.
Early life 
Kulkarni was born on 10 September 1965 in Belgaum, Karnataka, India. Atul completed his secondary education (10th Standard) from Haribhai Deokaran High School, Solapur, Maharashtra. His father, a businessman, and his mother, a housewife, were settled in Solapur. He completed his Junior College (12th Standard) from Belgaum and was able to secure a seat for electrical engineering at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) . Due to his disinterest in engineering, he quit the college and came back to Solapur to join D. A. V. College, Solapur which was affiliated to Shivaji University. He completed his graduation in English literature. He is married to theatre actress Geetanjali Kulkarni, whom he met at National School of Drama.
Kulkarni's first stint with stage was during his high school days and later during his college days he was actively participating in cultural gatherings. While studying, Atul joined Natya Aradhana, an amateur theatre group from Solapur. Working with this group helped him groom better. After working backstage for two years, finally he got a chance to act. He decided to pursue a career in professional acting.
Atul joined the National School of Drama, New Delhi (1992–1995 batch). His acting skills were given final touches at this institutions which has produced legendary actors of international fame. Atul Kulkarni holds a postgraduate diploma in dramatic arts from National School of Drama, New Delhi.
- 2000: Won: Best Supporting Actor in Hey Ram
- Citation: For his serious performance as a cold blooded fundamentalist stalking the cities during the turbulent years of partition that led to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Citation: For depicting a ruthless character, trapped in a world without social values.
- 2010: Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in Natarang
|2000||Jayam Manade Raa||Telugu|
|2000||Hey Ram||Hindi / Tamil||Shriram Abhyankar|
|2001||Chandni Bar||Hindi||Potya Sawant|
|2003||Mango Soufflé||English||Edwin 'Ed' Prakash|
|2003||Dahavi Fa||Marathi||Ganesh Deshmukh (teacher)|
|2003||88 Antop Hill||Hindi||Pratyush Shelar|
|2004||Khakee||Hindi||Dr. Iqbal Ansari|
|2005||Page 3||Hindi||Vinayak Mane|
|2006||Rang De Basanti||Hindi||Laxman Pandey|
|2007||Aa Dinagalu||Kannada||Agni Shridhar|
|2007||Gauri: The Unborn||Hindi||Sandeep|
|2009||Yeh Mera India||Hindi||Raj|
|2009||Vandae Maatharam||Malayalam / Tamil|
|2010||Bumm Bumm Bole||Hindi|
|2013||Eka Premachi Goshta||Marathi||Ram|
- Gandhi Virudhha Gandhi
- Manoos Navacha Bet
- Aapan Sarech Ghodegaonkar
- Zale Mokale Aabhal
- Premachi Goshta Marathi Movie
- "47th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
- "49th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
- "Atul Kulkarni signed for Ram Charan teja's Zanjeer". Times of AP. November 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- Atul Kulkarni – The official site
- Atul Kulkarni at the Internet Movie Database
- Atul Kulkarni's interview on Rediff
- Interview on Gmagazine.com
- Another Rediff Interview