Girish Kulkarni at Masala Premier
|Born||Girish Pandurang Kulkarni
Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||Actor, Writer, Producer|
|Awards||National Film Awards
2011 - Best Actor
Girish Pandurang Kulkarni is a National Award winning Indian film actor, writer, and producer. He is known for Marathi films such as Valu (The Wild Bull), Vihir (The Well), Deool (The Temple) and Gabhricha Paus (The Damned Rain). His latest release is the Hindi film Ugly.
Girish Kulkarni was born in the Paranda Taluka of Osmanabad District and he was brought up in Pune. He pursued his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from PLGPL, Latur. While studying in Latur, he was involved in local stage plays. Post his graduation, he worked for private engineering companies for a while but soon enough, he decided to follow his passion and pursue a career in writing.
Before starting his cinematic career, Girish Kulkarni was working with Radio Mirchi as a Cluster Programming Head. He enjoys creating stories inspired by his observations, and many of the characters he writes reflect authentic village people. Valu, released in 2008, was a light, enjoyable movie portraying various stereotypical characters found in an Indian village through the simple story of a wild bull which needs to be captured. In 2009's Gabhricha Paus, he portrayed the tragic story of an Indian farmer from a small village in Vidarbha, who is suffering because of sparse rain, evil money lenders and the negligence of the Indian government towards farmers. His second release in 2009, Vihir, was an abstract movie which told the story of an adolescent boy who sets out to understand the meaning of life and death after his cousin and close friend dies. Vihir was screened at Berlin International Film Festival in 2010 and garnered praise and critical appreciation from all over the world. His following movie Deool, released in 2011, which depicted how politicians manipulate the beliefs of innocent masses in the name of God. His next writing and acting venture in Marathi cinema, the movie Masala released in 2012 and quickly became a family favourite, unveiling new aspects of his talents. In 2013, he made his acting debut in Bollywood with film-maker Anurag Kashyap's latest thriller Ugly, in which his performance as the inadvertently funny cop brought him the attention and praise of the industry as well as the masses.
Currently, work on his upcoming films is underway. His next is a Marathi movie titled Highway, starring Huma Qureshi and Tisca Chopra, which he has written, acted in, and co-produced. He is also working on a comedy film, with which he will mark his directorial debut, apart from acting in it.
|2012||Masala (the film)||Revan Patil|
|2013||Pune 52||Amar Aapte|
|2015||Jaundya Na Balasaheb||unknown|
|2008||Valu||Story, screenplay, Dialogues and producer|
|2009||Vihir||Story, screenplay, Dialogues|
|2011||Deool||Story, screenplay, Dialogues|
|2012||Masala||Story, screenplay, Dialogues|
- National Film Awards
- 2011 Deool - National Film Award for Best Actor
- 2011 Deool - National Film Award for Best Screenplay (Best Dialogue)
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- Vidya Balan, Girish Kulkarni big winners at National Film Awards
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