Dinesh Thakur

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Dinesh Thakur
Died September 20, 2012(2012-09-20)
Residence Mumbai
Occupation theatre director, actor
Years active 1971–2012
Known for Ank Theatre Company
Ank Theatre Group

Dinesh Thakur (1947[1] – September 20, 2012) was a noted Indian theatre director, actor in theatre, television and Hindi film, where most notably he appeared as one of the leads in Rajnigandha 1974 and directed by Basu Chatterjee, which won both Filmfare Best Movie Award and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie. He was the founder-director of ANK productions, a Mumbai-based theatre company, established in 1976.[2]

Though he mainly appeared as character roles in Hindi films, as a screenwriter and story writer, he is known for writing the story and screenplay of Ghar (1978), which won him the 1979 Filmfare Best Story Award.

He died on September 20, 2012 due to kidney failure.[3]


Dinesh Thakur did his graduation from Kirori Mal College (KMC), Delhi University, where was also part of the KMC dramatic society.[4]

He made his film debut in 1971, with Mere Apne, written and directed by Gulzar, and followed it up with Basu Bhattacharya's Anubhav (1971), opening film of his trilogy of marital discord in urban settings, there after he also appeared the third film, Griha Pravesh (1979). 1974 saw him appearing in Basu Chatterjee's landmark in middle cinema, Rajnigandha (1974), alongside Amol Palekar and Vidya Sinha, which won the Filmfare Best Film Award, and went on appear in several films with both the directors in the coming years.

He established 'Ank Theatre Group' in 1976, dedicated solely to Hindi theatre in Mumbai; though it started flourishing in a big way with the advent on Jennifer Kapoor's Prithvi Theatre in 1978.[5]




  1. ^ "Actor-director Dinesh Thakur passes away". thehindubusinessline.com. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "TV is, for me, the mega-festival of ignorance". The Tribune. May 21, 2000. 
  3. ^ "Actor-director Dinesh Thakur passes away". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  4. ^ Ghosh, Abantika (Jun 22, 2006). "All the world's a stage at DU". The Times of India. 
  5. ^ "Prithvi, pioneer in theatre". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Nov 7, 2003. 
  6. ^ "1000 shows, and still going strong: V. Gangadhar on Dinesh Thakur’s record-breaking play Hai Mera Dil". The Tribune. April 10, 2005. 

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