Neena Kulkarni

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Neena Kulkarni
Born
OccupationActress
Years active1977–present

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.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Language Role Notes
1992 Hach sunbaicha bhau Marathi
1993 Sawat Majhi Ladki Marathi
1996 Daayraa Hindi Widow
1997 Hasari Marathi Mother
1999 Daag: The Fire Hindi Sushila Singh
2000 Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke Hindi Amrit Y. Grewal
2000 Badal Hindi Soni's mother
2000 Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani Hindi Laxmi
2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Hindi Mrs. Rao
2001 Hum Ho Gaye Aapke Hindi Mrs. Gupta
2001 Rahul Hindi Mrs. Sharma
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
2003 Hungama Hindi Jeetu's mom
2003 Dum Hindi Saraswati Shinde
2004 Inspector Kiran Hindi Accomplice
2004 Ishq Hai Tumse Hindi
2004 Pachhadlela Marathi Ravi's mother
2004 Saatchya Aat Gharat Marathi
2005 Sarivar Sari Marathi
2005 7​12 Phere: More Than a Wedding Hindi Rati Pant
2005 Paheli Hindi Mrs. Bhanwarlal
2005 Kyaa Kool Hai Hum Hindi Shanti - Kiran's mom
2005 Uttarayan Marathi Durgi
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
2006 Nital Marathi
2007 Raqeeb Hindi
2007 Guru Hindi Sujata's Mother
2008 Bhoothnath Hindi Nirmala
2009 Gho Mala Asla Hava Marathi
2009 Gandha Marathi Janaki
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

Theatre[edit]

Television[edit]

Production[edit]

She has produced the following Marathi film.

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