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Neena Kulkarni is an Indian actress. She began her acting career in the 1970s on the Marathi professional stage and Hindi experimental stage, along with fashion shows and modelling simultaneously. She met Pt Satyadev Dubey, her first guru, and went on to be a part of several Hindi productions under his direction. Mohan Rakesh's ADHE ADHURE', Shankar Shesh's MAYAVI SAROVAR'and Willie Russell's EDUCATING RITA’ are a few of her prominent plays.
Dr. Vijaya Mehta chose her to play Shabbo in Anil Barve's HAMIDABAI CHI KOTHI’ in 1978, and thus began her long journey with Bai into the remarkable world of Marathi theatre with ‘MAHASAGAR’ and ‘SAVITRI’. She continues to assist Bai in her workshops. Mahasagar, AKASMAT, DHYANI MANI, VATVAT SAVITRI, DEHABHAAN, PREM PATRACHAAPA KAATA are some more of her successful award-winning (Natya Darpan, State Awards, Natya Parishad recognition) Marathi plays.
Directed the play MAHASAGAR in 2011. EDUCATING RITA, MAHATMA VERSUS GANDHI, WEDDING ALBUM - English plays. Her prominent feature films are SAVAT MAAZHI LAADKI (state award best actress) AAI, UTTARAYAN, SHEVRI (for which she won the National Award and PIFF award as producer) SARI VAR SARI (State award best supporting) and BIOSCOPE:DIL-E-NAADAN (filmfare best supporting actress). Badal',Nayak, Paheli, Guru,’Hungama’ RannBhootnath, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai and Hasee Toh Phasee'’Ghayal Once More’are someone the prominent Hindi films she has acted in, amongst others.
Column writer for Loksatta called Antarang. She wrote for 3 years, has been published as a book by the same name.
Prominent advertising commercials include Cadbury,Surf,Parachute, PayTm, Mother Dairy, and the latest, Maggie Masala. Her latest television show YEH HAI MOHABATTEIN'is running its 5th year. International projects... THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, RANI (an 8 part series in the French language telecast on channel France Deux ) NOCES’ a French Film shot in Luxembourg and premiered in Paris in Feb 2017. Her latest foray into digital content through a web series BREATHE and short films CUDDLY and MAA has won her much appreciation.
Neena s upcoming films in the Marathi language are ‘KULKARNI CHOWKATLA DESHPANDE’ directed by Gajendra Ahire and ‘PHOTOPREM’ produced by Nirmaan Productions.
|1992||Hach sunbaicha bhau||Marathi|
|1993||Sawat Majhi Ladki||Marathi|
|1999||Daag: The Fire||Hindi||Sushila Singh|
|2000||Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke||Hindi||Amrit Y. Grewal|
|2000||Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani||Hindi||Laxmi|
|2001||Nayak: The Real Hero||Hindi||Mrs. Rao|
|2001||Hum Ho Gaye Aapke||Hindi||Mrs. Gupta|
|2002||Kehtaa Hai Dil Baar Baar||Hindi||Kamla Patel|
|2002||Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein||Hindi||Sunanda Singh|
|2002||Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa||Hindi||Esha's mother|
|2002||Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai||Hindi||Gayatri Sharma|
|2002||Ab Ke Baras||Hindi||Prerna|
|2002||Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai||Hindi||Rachna Patil|
|2004||Ishq Hai Tumse||Hindi|
|2004||Saatchya Aat Gharat||Marathi|
|2005||71⁄2 Phere: More Than a Wedding||Hindi||Rati Pant|
|2005||Kyaa Kool Hai Hum||Hindi||Shanti - Kiran's mom|
|2006||Shevri||Marathi||Also producer of the film|
|2006||Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar||Hindi||Ayaan's grandma|
|2006||Humko Deewana Kar Gaye||Hindi||Amrit H. Malhotra|
|2006||Ho Sakta Hai!||Hindi||Shakuntala|
|2009||Gho Mala Asla Hava||Marathi|
|2010||Rann||Hindi||Lata V. Malik|
|Kaanch - The Broken Glass||Post Production|
|2012||The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||English||Gaurika|
|2014||Hasee Toh Phasee||Hindi|
|2016||Ghayal Once Again||Hindi|
|2016||A Wedding||French / Urdu||Yelda Kazim|
- Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai
- Kammal as Rinni Sanyal/Raina Bose
- Mathemagic co-host with Benjamin Gilani on Doordarshan
- Baa Bahoo Aur Baby as Asha
- Meri Maa as Pratibha's mother-in-law
- Ek Packet Umeed-present as Ambika aka Mai
- Yeh Hai Mohabbatein-present as Madhvi Vishwanathan Iyer
- Raja Shiv Chatrapati as Badi Begum
- Saarrthi as Kumud Goenka/Baisa
- Breathe as Juliet Mascarenhas
She has produced the following Marathi film.
- 2006 - Shevri