Nilu Phule

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Nilu Phule
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Born Nilkanth Krushnaji Phule
1930/1931
Pune, India
Died 13 July 2009 (aged 78)
Pune, India
Occupation Stage/Film Actor
Years active 1968–2009

Nilu Phule (died 13 July 2009) was an Indian actor known for his roles in the Marathi language movies and Marathi theatre. Nilu Phule had acted in around 250 Marathi and Hindi movies during his film career.[1]

Phule was also a social worker, and was associated with Rashtra Seva Dal.[2]

Early life[edit]

Nilu Phule was born in 1930 in Pune as Nilkanth Krushnaji Phule to the clan of the great social reformer Mahatma Jyotirao Phule. He is considered one of the greatest actor of Marathi stage/films of all times. [3]He was involved in Freedom movement for India.According to his interview in a serial 'Vastraharan' on a Marathi Channel,he was a freedom fighter from Pune

Phule's first job was that of a gardener at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, aged 17. He used to get a salary of Rs. 80 per month, out of which, he used to donate Rs. 10 to the Rashtriya Seva Dal, a social organization he was involved with.[3] He wanted to pursue his gardening career forward, but due to lack of financial support, he could not start his own plant nursery.[4][5] During this time, at the age of 20, Nilu was inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's writings and went on to write a drama, Udyan. His composing for the drama Yedya Gabalache Kam Nahi during the 1957 Lok Sabha elections garnered him fame.[5]

Acting career[edit]

Nilu Phule began his theatrical career with the Marathi folk performances (loknatya).[3] His first professional drama was Katha Akalecha Kandyachi, which went on to have over 2000 shows. It was based on this success that he was offered his first movie Ek Gaav Baara Bhanagadi, by Anant Mane in 1968.[4]

Nilu often played villains; most notably his portrayal of Sakharam Binder, an exploiter of women for sexual desires.[5] Some of his notable film roles include: a power-drunk politician in Mahesh Bhatt's Saaransh, a political journalist in Jabbar Patel's Sinhasan, and a sugar tycoon in Jabbar Patel's Saamna.[3]

One of Phule's most notable theatrical performances include his role as the eponymous hero of Vijay Tendulkar's Sakharam Binder (first staged in 1972). Kamlakar Sarang, who directed the first production of the play in 1972, was apprehensive of Phule's reticence. However, he was convinced that Phule would be fit for the role, when Vijay Tendulkar reminded him of Phule's aggressive performance as a minister in another play, Katha Aklechya Kandyachi. [3]

Death[edit]

Nilu Phule died on 13 July 2009, aged 78, from esophageal cancer.His wife Rajani Phule died in 2011 .He is survived by his daughter Gargi Phule Thatte

Awards[edit]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1970 Ganane Ghungroo Haravale
1972 Harya Narya Zindabad Harya
1974 Samna Hindurao Dhonde Patil
1975 Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty
1975 Varaat
1977 Jait Re Jait
1977 Naav Motha Lakshan Khota
1978 Sarvasakshi
1978 Sasurvasheen
1979 Do Ladke Dono Kadke Champa's husband
1979 Aaitya Bilavar Nagoba Bhujangrao
1979 Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi Fernandes
1980 Bhalu
1980 Kadaklakshmi
1980 Sau Din Saas Ke Khubchand (Lalla Ji)
1980 Sinhasan Digu Tipnis
1981 Shama Barrister
1981 Naram Garam Guruji (Special appearance)
1982 Galli Te Dilli
1982 Bhamta
1982 Bhujang
1982 Ramnagari
1983 Coolie Nathu Mama
1983 Woh 7 Din Maya's maternal grandfather
1983 Baiko Asavi Ashi
1983 Zara Si Zindagi Jaggu (Kusum's father)
1984 Saaransh Gajanan Chitre
1984 Mashaal Vithal Rao
1984 Zakhmi Sher Lala (Anandi's father)
1985 Haqeeqat Rickshaw driver
1985 Rao Saheb Hindi
1986 Kaanch Ki Deewar Lakhsmi Singh
1986 Bijli Niluba - Sonar
1986 Insaaf Ki Awaaz Balwant Azaad
1986 Maa Beti Raghunandan
1987 Hirasat
1987 Jaago Hua Savera
1987 Mohre Social Worker
1987 Sutradhar
1988 Kabzaa Mandar Bhagawat
1988 Tamacha Jwala Pratap Singh
1988 Aurat Teri Yehi Kahani Thakur
1988 Mazha Pati Karodpati Laxmikant Kuber
1988 Saglikade Bombabomb Appasaheb Dharadhar
1989 Oonch Neech Beech
1989 Prem Pratigyaa Mohan 'Dadhu' Rao
1989 Maalmasala
1990 Disha Dashrath 'Dadji' Mandre
1991 Pratikaar
1992 Ek Hota Vidushak
1992 Zunz Tujhi Majhi Bapujirao 'Nagoji' Nagvekar
1995 Limited Manuski Jyotshi Archarya
1998 Ghar Bazar Kishan Murari
2004 Saatchya Aat Gharat
2007 Kadachit
2009 Gaav Tasa Chaangla
2009 Goshta Choti Dongraevadhi Guest Appearance his last film before he is no more

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marathi actor Nilu Phule passes away". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 13 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "'Nilu Phule was a gardener before an actor'". Rediff.com. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Dubey, Bharati; Pronoti Datta (14 July 2009). "Veteran actor Nilu Phule makes his final exit". The Times of India. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Interview of Nilu Phule, actor". 
  5. ^ a b c d Contractor, Huned. "The man behind the villain". The Times Of India. 

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