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Prabhavalkar in 2015
|Born||4 August 1944 (age 73)
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
|Years active||1972 onwards|
Dilip Prabhavalkar (born 4 August 1944) is an Indian actor, director, playwright and author. He is regarded as one of the finest actors in India and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Film Award and a Filmfare award.
Prabhavalkar, who holds a master's degree in biophysics, initially worked for a pharmaceutical company for many years. He started his acting career as a partner in a video production unit. He started performing as an actor in children's plays and experimental plays. His first major performance in Lobh Nasava Hi Vinanti, a play written by Vijay Tendulkar and directed by Arvind Deshpande, was well received. He is known for his versatility and is known for transforming himself into the characters he plays. He gained recognition for his various comedic and dramatic film roles, notably in Ek Daav Bhutacha (1982), Zapatlela (1993), and Chaukat Raja (1991). He has also established himself as one of the leading theatre actors, with his performances in Hasva Phasvi and Vasu Chi Saasu which were widely well received. He was awarded the National Film Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the 2006 Hindi film Lage Raho Munna Bhai.
Apart from acting, Prabhavalkar is the author of many plays and children's books. His series of books featuring the character Bokya Satbande has widespread critical acclaim. His writing has been praised for his witty and deft comic touches and tongue-in-cheek satirical attitude.
Born in Mumbai, Dilip Prabhavalkar obtained bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga. He gained his master's degree in Biophysics and a diploma from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, before working for Unichem Laboratories Limited, a pharmaceutical company. He joined as a partner in a video production unit. During this period, he performed as an actor in several children's and experimental plays staged at Chhabildas. In 1991, he decided to give up this dual existence of working and doing plays simultaneously and chose acting as a career.
In children's and amateur theatre, Prabhavalkar was associated with Ratnakar Matkari's group and performed in all the plays staged by the troupe. His performances of a simpleton in Prem Kahani and Vidur in Aranyak — a play based on the Mahabharat — were awarded prizes at the Maharashtra State Drama Festival.
He played Chimanrao in the television serial Chimanrao Gundyabhau based on a series of short stories by C.V. Joshi. He recreated the Chimanrao character in his play Hasva Phasvi.
Dilip Prabhavalkar starred in a Bollywood movie Encounter: The Killing as an old gangster, Punappa Avade in 2002. He portrayed Mahatma Gandhi in 2006's Lage Raho Munna Bhai. He reprised his role in the Telugu remake called Shankar Dada Zindabad.
From the experimental stage, Prabhavalkar very easily moved to the professional stage in 1976, and since then has acted in plays from slapstick to light comedy, family drama and melodrama, to serious discussion plays dealing with contemporary issues.
He acted in a Marathi TV serial Shriyut Gangadhar Tipare, in which he portrayed an elderly member of a middle class Indian family. The serial covered social issues faced by common man in day-to-day life.
Prabhavalkar recently reprised his role as an old man in Faster Fene, which is a remake of the popular Marathi comic book series of the same name, authored by B.R Bhagwat, who he portrays in the film. The film is about a young boy who uncovers an educational scam using his detective prowess. The film has been produced by actor Riteish Deshmukh. Amey Wagh plays the role of the young detective, Banesh Fene.
Film, television, and theater
|2017||Faster Fene||Bhaskar Ramachandra Bhagwat||Marathi|
|2014||POSTERBOYS||Jagan Deshmukh (Appa)||Marathi|
|2014||Zapatlela 2||Tatya Vinchu||Marathi|
|2012||Gola Berij||Antu Barva||Marathi|
|2010||Jhing Chik Jhing||Kavi||Marathi|
|2009||Bokya Satbande||Mr. Bhilwandi||Marathi||Based on book Bokya Satbande written by himself.|
|2009||Sankat City||Ganpat Gajanan Jagirdar||Hindi|
|2008||Sarkar Raj||Rao Saab||Hindi|
|2008||C Kkompany||Sadashiv Pradhan||Hindi|
|2007||Shankar Dada Zindabad||Mahatma Gandhi||Telugu|
|2006||Lage Raho Munna Bhai||Mahatma Gandhi||Hindi|
|2005||Paheli||Kanwarlal, Bhanwarlal's brother||Hindi|
|2004||Aga Bai Arrecha!||Shriranga Deshmukh's father||Marathi|
|2003||Chupke Se||Megha's father/Income Tax officer||Hindi|
|2002||Encounter: The Killing||Ponappa Awadhe||Hindi|
|1999||Ratra Aarambha||Shridhar Phadke||Marathi|
|1996||Katha Don Ganpatravanchi||Ganpatrao||Marathi|
|1995||Khilauna Bana Khalnayak||Tatya Bichoo||Hindi|
|1995||Beqabu||Behrupiya Raja's Friend||Hindi||-|
|1992||Ek Hota Vidushak||Chief Minister||Marathi|
|1991||Chaukat Raja||Nandu||Marathi||Won Maharashtra State Award for Best Actor|
|1987||Chhakke Panje||Raja Bairagi||Marathi|
|1982||Ek Daav Bhutacha||Master||Marathi|
|Chuk Bhul Dyavi Ghyavi||Rajabhau||Marathi||Zee Marathi|
|Shriyut Gangadhar Tipre||Aaba||Marathi||Zee Marathi|
|Zopi Gelela Jaga Zala||Dinoo||Marathi|
|"chal navachi vachal vasti||Ghadyalkaka||Marathi|
|Chimanrao||Chimanrao||Marathi||Doordarshan||Telecasted in 1977-79 and based on book Chimanrao Charhat written by C. V. Joshi|
- Double role as Anna and the mother-in-law in Pradeep Dalvi's farce Vasuchi Sasu.
- The Old Rajabhau in Chook Bhool Dyavi Ghyavi, a light comedy written by Prabhavalkar.
- The caring, possessive father in Ratnakar Matkari's drama Jawai Maza Bhala.
- The senile Nana in Jaywant Dalvi's Sandhyachhaya.
- The double role of the debonair, flirtatious Raje and a local constable in Prof. Toradmal's Kalam 302 (adaptation of Sleuth).
- The alcoholic barrister in Ratnakar Matkari's Ghar Tighancha Hava (a play on the life of Tarabai Modak).
- The nondescript but determined common man in P. L. Deshpande's Ek Zunj Waryashi (an adaptation of The Last Appointment).
- The father of a disabled son in Jaywant Dalvi's Natigoti.
- Six characterisations in Hasvaphasvi, a comedy written by Prabhavalkar.
- A buck-toothed apparently harmless man who in reality is a twisted, evil man in Salsood.
- A naive, innocent schoolteacher who is assisted by a ghost in Ek Dav Bhutacha.
- He was awarded the prestigious Bal Gandharva Puraskar (award) in June 2006
- In 1972 Best Amateur Actor ("Prem Kahani") Maharashtra State Award.
- In 1992, he received the Maharashtra State award for best actor for his portrayal of a disabled boy in the film Chaukat Raja.
- In 1999, Filmfare Best Actor Award(Marathi) for the film Ratraaarambh
- In 2008, he won National Award, for best supporting actor for 2 roles : in the cult 2006 blockbuster Lage Raho Munnabhai and Shevri, a Marathi film.
- In 2010, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution as an actor to Indian Theatre.
- Natavarya Mama Pendse Puraskrut Natasamrat Ganpatrao Bhagwat Puraskar
- Suvarnaratna Awards- 2015 (Best Actor)
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