Dilip Prabhavalkar

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Dilip Prabhavalkar
Born 4 Aug 1944
Occupation Actor, author
Years active 1972 onwards
Website www.dilipprabhavalkar.com

Dilip Prabhavalkar is an Indian Marathi film, television and theatre actor.[1] Although he established himself as a prominent Marathi stage and movie actor, he became particularly known on the national scene for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the 2006 film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai.[2] He reprised the role of Gandhi in the Telugu language remake, Shankar Dada Zindabad.[3] Apart from acting, Prabhavalkar is author of many plays and children's story books.[4][5]


Dilip Prabhavalkar obtained bachelors degree in Chemistry from Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga.[6] He gained his Master's degree in Biophysics and a diploma from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, before working for a pharmaceutical company and 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.


His first major performance was in Lobh Nasava Hi Vinanti a play written by Vijay Tendulkar and directed by Arvind Deshpande. In 1991, he decided to choose 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 joint family. The serial covered social issues faced by common man in day-to-day life.


  • 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.[7]
  • In 2010, He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution as an actor to Indian Theatre.[8]
  • Natavarya Mama Pendse Puraskrut Natasamrat Ganpatrao Bhagwat Puraskar
  • Suvarnaratna Awards- 2015 (Best Actor)

Film, television, and theater[edit]


Year Title Role Language Notes
2014 Vitti Dandu Daaji Marathi
2014 Zapatlela 2 Tatya Vinchu Marathi
2013 Narbachi Wadi Naroba Marathi
2012 Shala Appa Marathi
2011 Deool Appa Kulkarni Marathi
2011 Morya 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 Valu Pandit Marathi
2007 Shankar Dada Zindabad Mahatma Gandhi Telugu
2006 Shiva Chief Minister 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
1999 Ratra Aarambha Shridhar Phadke Marathi
1997 Sarkarnama Cultural Minister Marathi
1996 Katha Don Ganpatravanchi Ganpatrao Marathi
1995 Khilauna Bana Khalnayak Tatya Bichoo Hindi
1993 Zapatlela Tatya Vinchu Marathi
1992 Ek Hota Vidushak Chief Minister Marathi
1991 Chaukat Raja Nandu Marathi Won Maharashtra State Award for Best Actor
1982 Ek Daav Bhutacha Master Marathi


Title Role Language Channel Notes
Shriyut Gangadhar Tipre Aaba Marathi Zee Marathi
Zopi Gelela Jaga Zala Dinoo Marathi
Kaam Phatte Wadkar Marathi
Chiranjeev Ghadyalkaka Marathi
Salsood Bhargav Marathi Doordarshan
Raja Raje Raje Marathi Doordarshan
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 young as well as 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.
  • An old guy, who plays role of a Sasu (mother in law) in Marathi stage play "Vasu Chi Sasu".


  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1242068/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "His moment under the sun!". The Hindu. 15 September 2006. 
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944233/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.dilipprabhavalkar.com/v1/books.htm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ http://www.dilipprabhavalkar.com/v1/biography.htm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ http://www.rcaa.in/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "54th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowship for Girija Devi, T.K. Murthy, Dagar". The Hindu. 23 July 2011. 

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