Dilip Prabhavalkar

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Dilip Prabhavalkar
Dilip Prabhavalkar.jpg
Prabhavalkar in 2015
Born 4 August 1944 (age 73)
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
Occupation Actor, author
Years active 1972 onwards
Website www.dilipprabhavalkar.com

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 has written many plays and children's books. His series of books featuring the character Bokya Satbande has received 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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1]


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 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[edit]


Year Title Role Language Notes
2017 Faster Fene Bhaskar Ramachandra Bhagwat Marathi
2017 Zala Bobhata Marathi [2][3][4]
2016 Family Katta Marathi [5][6]
2015 Slam Book Ajoba Marathi
2015 Nagrik Marathi
2015 Ganvesh Marathi
2014 POSTERBOYS Jagan Deshmukh (Appa) Marathi
2014 Jayjaykar Akhand Marathi
2014 Vitti Dandu Daaji Marathi
2014 Zapatlela 2 Tatya Vinchu Marathi
2013 Narbachi Wadi Naroba Marathi
2012 Shala Appa Marathi
2012 Gola Berij Antu Barva 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 C Kkompany Sadashiv Pradhan 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 Awadhe Hindi
1999 Ratra Aarambha Shridhar Phadke Marathi
1997 Sarkarnama Cultural Minister Marathi
1996 Katha Don Ganpatravanchi Ganpatrao Marathi
1995 Khilauna Bana Khalnayak Tatya Bichoo Hindi
1995 Beqabu Behrupiya Raja's Friend 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
1987 Chhakke Panje Raja Bairagi Marathi
1982 Ek Daav Bhutacha Master Marathi


Title Role Language Channel Notes
Chuk Bhul Dyavi Ghyavi Rajabhau Marathi Zee Marathi
Shriyut Gangadhar Tipre Aaba Marathi Zee Marathi
Zopi Gelela Jaga Zala Dinoo Marathi
Kaam Phatte Wadkar Marathi
"chal navachi vachal vasti 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
Gubbare Deshpande Hindi Zee TV


  • 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.[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)


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