Atul Kulkarni

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Atul Kulkarni
Atul Kulkarni graces the screening of Sonata.jpg
Atul at the screening of Sonata
Born (1965-09-10) 10 September 1965 (age 56)
Alma materNational School of Drama, New Delhi
Occupation
  • Actor
  • screenwriter
  • film producer
Spouse(s)
(m. 1996)
Websitewww.atulkulkarni.com

Atul Kulkarni (born 10 September 1965) is an Indian actor, producer and screenwriter who works in Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu language films. Kulkarni won the National Award for the Best Supporting Actor for the films Hey Ram and Chandni Bar.[1][2] He is also the president of Quest, a research-action organization concentrating on enhancing quality of education. He left his study in engineering at College of Engineering, Pune while he was in his first year. He is known for his performances in films like Hey Ram, Chandni Bar, Rang De Basanti (2006), Natarang (2010) among others.He has written the screenplay of Aamir Khan's movie Laal Singh Chadda.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Kulkarni received his diploma in acting from National School of Drama, New Delhi in 1995.[4] He is married to theater actress Geetanjali Kulkarni, whom he met at the National School of Drama.[5]

Kulkarni's first stint with stage was during his high school days. He participated in the Maharashtra State Drama Competition regularly. Between 1989 and 1992, he won awards for Acting and also for Drama-Direction.[6] Atul enacted in Gandhi Viruddh Gandhi, the play made later famous by Dilip Prabhavalkar in Marathi professional theatre circuit until mid-90s.[7] Later during his college days he actively participated in cultural gatherings. While studying, Atul joined Natya Aradhana, an amateur theatre group from Solapur. Atul Kulkarni holds a postgraduate diploma in dramatic arts from National School of Drama, New Delhi. Atul Kulkarni, a national-award winner and a fine actor, expresses his belief of art being a product of social, political and economic changes in the society.[8]

Other works[edit]

Philanthropy[edit]

Kulkarni has been serving as President of Quest Education Support Trust.[9] Quest Trust invests in running workshops and enabling Teachers, to support education for children of marginalized communities between 3–14 years. All this activity is mainly in State of Maharashtra. It conducts its activities in Marathi language.[10]

Atul Kulkarni has been active in sharing his knowledge on running NGO with other NGO's. He does visit Maharashtra based NGO's like Snehalaya regularly. His first adaptation, which turned out to be movie is Laal Singh Chaddha, adapted from Forestt Gump. He completed the adaptation in a span of 2 weeks. [11] Kulkarni has been involved in an environmental project, making a 24-acre barren land in Satara District into Green area.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Language
1997 Bhoomi Geetha Debut film Kannada
2000 Kairee Jadhav teacher Marathi
2000 Jayam Manade Raa Basavayah Telugu
2000 Hey Ram Shriram Abhyankar Hindi/Tamil
2001 Chandni Bar Potya Sawant[13] Hindi
2002 Run Bhaskar Tamil
2002 Bhet Prabhakar Marathi
2002 Bibhatsa Hindi
2002 Dahavi Fa Ganesh Deshmukh (teacher) Marathi
2003 Mango Soufflé Edwin 'Ed' Prakash English
2003 88 Antop Hill Pratyush Shelar Hindi
2003 Satta Yashwant Varde Hindi
2003 Dum 'Encounter' Shankar Hindi
2003 Vaastupurush Nishikant Dada Marathi
2004 Andhrawala Bade Mia's sidekick Telugu
2004 Chanti MLA Sarvarayudu Telugu
2004 Gowri Sarkar Telugu
2004 Mansarovar Malayalam
2004 Vajram Malayalam
2004 Khakee Dr. Iqbal Ansari Hindi
2004 Devrai Shesh Marathi
2004 Manmadhan ACP Deva Tamil
2004 Leela Mahal Center GK Telugu
2005 Page 3 Vinayak Mane Hindi
2005 Chakwa Tushar Khot Marathi
2006 Kedi Minister Pughazhenthy Tamil
2006 Raam Telugu
2006 Rang De Basanti Laxman Pandey Hindi
2006 Corporate Narrator Hindi
2007 Aa Dinagalu Agni Shridhar Kannada
2007 Maati Maay Narsu Marathi
2007 Gauri: The Unborn Sandeep Hindi
2008 Valu Swanand Gaddamwar Marathi
2008 Talappavu Krishnadeva Saivar Malayalam
2008 Kurukshetra Malayalam
2008 D-17 Malayalam
2009 Yeh Mera India Raj Hindi
2009 Delhi 6 Gobar Hindi
2009 Padikathavan Kasi Anandan Tamil
2009 Vandae Maatharam Malayalam / Tamil
2009 Jail Lawyer Hindi
2010 Yaksha Kannada
2010 Sukhaant Marathi
2010 Natarang Guna Kagalkar Marathi
2010 Allah Ke Banday School Teacher Hindi
2010 Bumm Bumm Bole Hindi
2011 Panjaa Kulkarni Telugu
2011 Koffi Bar Business man Telugu
2011 Aagaah: The Warning Aazan Khan Hindi
2011 Chaalis Chauraasi Bobby Hindi
2012 Suzhal Tamil
2013 Nimidangal Business man Tamil
2013 Aarambam JCP Milind Virekar Tamil
2012 Edegarike Agni Shridhar Kannada
2013 The Attacks of 26/11 Inspector Shinde Hindi
2013 Popat Janya Marathi
2013 Vallinam Basketball Coach[14] Tamil
2013 Premachi Goshta Ram Marathi
2013 Zanjeer Jayadev Hindi
2013 The Lovers Raoji English
2014 @Andheri Rajan Pilla Malayalam
2014 Ugramm Dhiraj Shivrudralingaiah Kannada
2014 Veeram Aadalarasu Tamil
2014 Abhinetri Kannada
2014 Burma Bothra Seth Tamil
2014 Happy Journey Niranjan Marathi
2015 Dirty Politics Police Insceptor Hindi
2015 Mythri Raviprakash Kannada / Malayalam
2015 Jazbaa Lawyer Hindi
2015 Nellikka Satheesh Malayalam
2015 Kanal Kuruvila Mathew Malayalam
2015 Rajwade and Sons Shubhankar Rajwade Marathi
2016 Pranam Hindi
2016 Akira Akira's father Hindi
2017 Raees Jairaj Hindi
2017 The Ghazi Attack Lieutenant Commander Santosh Devraj Hindi/Telugu
2017 Bongu Subash, assistant commissioner Tamil
2017 Aval/The House Next Door Paul, Jenny's Father Tamil/Hindi[15]
2017 Koode Coach Ashraf Malayalam
2021 Black Bud Mehmood Khan Hindi
2018 Patnagarh IG Arun Agnihotri Odia/Telugu
2019 Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Tatya Tope Hindi
2019 706 Shekhawat Hindi
2019 Mere Pyare Prime Minister In PMO Hindi
2019 Junglee Keshav Kotian Hindi
2019 Majili Anshu's Father Telugu
2019 Athiran

Dr. Benjamin Diaz

Malayalam
2019 Madhura Raja Malayalam
2019 Section 375 Hindi
2019 Valiyaperunnal Shivaji Malayalam
2019 Alidu Ulidavaru Police Inspector Kannada
2020 Wild Dog[16] Telugu
2021 Koi Jaane Na Dr. Rao Hindi
2022 A Thursday Javed Khan Hindi
2022 Manasmita Panchakshari Kannada 2022 Anya Panchakshari Marathi

Television/web series[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
2017–18 The Test Case Colonel Ajinkya Sathe
2019-2021 City of Dreams Amey Rao Gaikwad
2020 The Raikar Case Yashwant Naik Raikar
2020 Bandish Bandits Digvijay Rathore
2020 Sandwiched Forever VK Sarnaik [17]
2021–present Faraar - Kab Tak? Host
2022 Rudra: The Edge Of Darkness DCP Gautam Navlakha

Awards and nominations[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Result Ref.
2000 Hey Ram Best Supporting Actor Won [18]
2003 Chandni Bar Won [19]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Asia Pacific Screen Awards
  • 2010: Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor for Natarang
VIFF Vienna Independent Film Festival
  • 2019: Won: Best Actor in Murder on the Road to Kathmandu

References[edit]

  1. ^ "47th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  2. ^ "49th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. pp. 34–35. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Atul Kulkarni Movies: Latest and Upcoming Films of Atul Kulkarni | eTimes". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  4. ^ "NSD-GRADUATES1" (PDF). nsd.gov.in. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Theatre actor Geetanjali Kulkarni gets 'stamp' for film journey". The Times of India. 5 April 2015. Archived from the original on 9 November 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  6. ^ "www.atulkulkarni.com/". atulkulkarni.com. 3 April 2018. Archived from the original on 5 June 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  7. ^ "19970630-gandhi-virudh-gandhi-to-be-staged-at-tejpal-auditorium-mumbai-832641-1997-06-30". indiatoday.in. 3 April 2018. Archived from the original on 20 September 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Actor Atul Kulkarni shares his thoughts on evolving subjects in cinema and throws light on his NGO, Quest". Archived from the original on 24 July 2020.
  9. ^ "genesis". quest.org.in. 3 April 2018. Archived from the original on 31 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  10. ^ "ganeet_lekh". quest.org.in. 3 April 2018. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Actor-Atul-Kulkarni-visits". snehalaya.org. 3 April 2018. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  12. ^ "article17430551.ece". thehindu. 3 April 2018. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Happy Birthday Tabu: From Andhadhun, Astitva, Chandni Bar to Cheeni Kum, Drishyam, Haider; actor's best roles till date | Latest News & Updates at DNAIndia.com". DNA India.
  14. ^ G Dhananjayan (2014). Pride Of Tamil Cinema: 1931 To 2013. Blue Ocean Publishers. p. 546.
  15. ^ "Mani Ratnam isn't a fan of horror films: Milind Rau".
  16. ^ K., Janani (29 August 2020). "Nagarjuna turns 61: Wild Dog team unveils new poster on actor's birthday". India Today. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  17. ^ "Sandwiched Forever Review: Kunaal and Aahana show is a feel-good Christmas watch". India Today. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  18. ^ "47th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  19. ^ "49th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  20. ^ Sharanya CR (21 July 2013). "Atul Kulkarni wears a Kannada attire for his Filmfare award". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2015.

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