Nana Patekar Biography – Indian Actor and a former Indian Territorial Army officer

Vishwanath Patekar, better known as Nana Patekar, is an Indian actor, screenwriter, film maker, and a former Indian Territorial Army officer, mainly working in Hindi and Marathi cinema.

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Real Name: Vishwanath Patekar
Profession: Indian Actor
Birthplace: Murud-Janjira, Bombay State, India
Spouse: Neelkanti Patekar
Age: 72

Vishwanath Patekar (born January 1, 1951), better known as Nana Patekar, is an Indian actor, screenwriter, filmmaker, and former Indian Territorial Army officer, mainly working in Hindi and Marathi cinema. He is regarded as one of the finest and most influential actors in Indian Cinema, Patekar is the recipient of three National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards, and two Filmfare Awards Marathi for his acting performances. He was bestowed with the Padma Shri award in 2013 for his contribution to cinema and arts.

After making his acting debut in Bollywood with the 1978 drama Gaman, Patekar acted in a few Marathi films and some Bollywood films. After acting in the Academy Award-nominated Salaam Bombay in 1988, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Parinda (1989), followed by another negative role in Angaar (1992). He acted in and made his directorial debut with Prahaar: The Final Attack (1991). Patekar subsequently starred in and received critical acclaim for his performance in several commercially successful films of the 1990s, including Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992); Angaar (1992), for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Villain; Tirangaa (1993); Krantiveer (1994), for which he won the National Film Award for Best Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. Further acclaim came his way for Agni Sakshi, for which he won the third National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor; and Khamoshi: The Musical (1996).

Nana Patekar Biography
Nana Patekar Biography

During the early 2000s, he received praise for his performances in Shakti: The Power (2002), Ab Tak Chhappan (2004), and Apaharan (2005); the latter earned him a second Best Villain award at Filmfare and Taxi No. 9211 (2006). Patekar gained widespread appreciation for playing a noted gangster Uday Shetty in the comedy Welcome (2007) and its sequel Welcome Back (2015), and a politician in the political thriller Raajneeti (2010). In 2016, he starred in the critically and commercially successful Marathi film Natsamrat; in which he portrayed a retired stage actor. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor (Marathi) for his performance.

Nana Patekar Biography
Vishwanath Patekar

1 January 1951 (age 72)

Murud-Janjira, Bombay State, India
Alma mater Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts
  • Actor
  • screenwriter
  • filmmaker
Years active 1978–present
Organization Naam Foundation
Neelkanti Patekar (m. 1978)
Children 1
Awards Padma Shri (2013)

Early life (Nana Patekar Biography)

Nana Patekar was born as Vishwanath Patekar in a Marathi family on 1 January 1951 in Murud-Janjira of present-day Raigad District, Maharashtra. He is an alumnus of the Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai.

Career (Nana Patekar Biography)

Patekar has played many types of roles. He has played the occasional villain but has been a hero in most of his films. His debut film was Gaman (1978), after which he did several small roles in Marathi cinema. He played the role of Nathuram Godse in the British television series Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy. He had notable roles in Aaj Ki Awaz (1984), Ankush (1986), Pratighaat (1987), Mohre (1987), Trishagni (1988), Awam (1987) and Sagar Sangam (1988).

His performance in Mira Nair‘s Salaam Bombay! (1988) was praised. He was noticed by the mainstream Hindi Cinema for his portrayal of a crime lord in Parinda (1989), for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and was also awarded the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. He turned director with his movie Prahaar (1991), co-starring Madhuri Dixit, for which he underwent training for his role as an Indian Army officer. His role in Angaar (1992) earned him the Filmfare Best Villain Award. He co-starred with industry veteran Raaj Kumar in Tirangaa (1993). He played a truant, gambling son in Krantiveer (1994), for which he won the National Film Award for Best Actor and also won the Filmfare Award and the Star Screen Awards. Patekar portrayed the character of a ghost in the children’s film Abhay, which won two awards at the 42nd National Film Festival held in 1994. He co-starred with Rishi Kapoor in Hum Dono (1995). He played a sadist husband in Agni Sakshi (1996), a deaf father to Manisha Koirala in Khamoshi (1996), a gangster in Ghulam-E-Mustafa (1997), an honest, but maverick cop in Yeshwant (1997) and a schizophrenic in Wajood (1998). He co-starred with Amitabh Bachchan in Kohram (1999), where he played an undercover Indian Army intelligence officer chasing Bachchan’s incognito. His other notable films of this decade were Yugpurush (1998) and Hu Tu Tu (1999). He starred with Aditya Pancholi as the CBI director in the crime drama Tarkieb (2000). After a hiatus of a year, he returned to acting in Shakti (2002) in which he played an extremely violent father. In Ab Tak Chhappan (2004), he played a police officer who is an encounter specialist. His performance in Apaharan (2005) earned him his second Filmfare Best Villain Award as well as the Star Screen Award for Best Villain. He played a taxi driver in Taxi No. 9211 (2006). Patekar has also done comic roles, such as in Welcome (2007), in which he plays a powerful crime lord in Dubai who once desired to be an actor in films. He acted in Sangeeth Sivan’s film Ek (2009). He played a school headmaster in Paathshaala (2010). He also acted in Prakash Jha‘s multi-star political drama film Raajneeti (2010). In 2011, he starred in the critically acclaimed Shagird and the Marathi film Deool. His next film was Ram Gopal Verma‘s The Attacks of 26/11 (2013) based on the events of the 2008 Mumbai Attacks in which he played Joint Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria. In 2014, he starred in another Marathi film Dr. Prakash Baba Amte – The Real Hero. In 2015, he made two sequels reprising his roles in Ab Tak Chhappan 2, the sequel of Ab Tak Chhappan, and Welcome Back, the sequel of Welcome. In 2016, he starred as Ganpatrao “Appa” Belwalkar in the film adaptation of the Drama Natsamrat which was highly successful critically and commercially. He did the voice acting for Sher Khan in the Hindi version of The Jungle Book (2016).

In April 2022, Patekar announced his return to the silver screen with a social-thriller drama The Confessions. This would be the first movie after a long break from the film industry of roughly four years, since his in the 2018 film Kaala.

Singing career

Patekar did some playback singing in the films Yeshwant (1997), Wajood (1998) and Aanch (2003).

Personal life (Nana Patekar Biography)

Patekar married Neelkanti at age 27. His father died of a heart attack when Nana was 28 and later Patekar also lost his first son. Patekar was a chain smoker until he quit at the age of 56. In an interview, he said that his father loved plays and encouraged him to watch them. This is how he developed his love for acting. Vijaya Mehta directed his first play. Patekar lives in Andheri, Mumbai in 1BHK apartment.

Patekar was commissioned as an honorary Captain in the Indian Territorial Army in 1990, after undergoing a three-year training period to prepare for the movie Prahaar, and worked with General V. K. Singh, who had the rank of Colonel at that time and had a cameo appearance. During the Kargil War in 1999, Patekar also lent his services to the Maratha Light Infantry regiment as an honorary Major.

Nana_Patekar with his Family
Nana Patekar with his Family

In 2008, Tanushree Dutta accused Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of the movie Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss. In March 2008, she filed a complaint with ‘CINTAA’ (Cine & TV Artists Association) but no action was taken then. This allegation was repeated in an interview in 2013 and again made in 2018. In late 2018, CINTAA apologized to Dutta admitting that the “chief grievance of sexual harassment wasn’t even addressed (in 2008)” but added that since the case was more than three years old, they could not reopen it.

In 2018, Dutta restated her accusation of sexual harassment by Patekar 2018, and her accusations led to the Me Too movement coming to Bollywood. Subsequently, she complained to the Maharashtra Women Commission and demanded an investigation into the allegations of harassment leveled by her against Patekar, Ganesh Acharya, producer Samee Siddiqui, director Rakesh Sarang, and several Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party workers. In the late hours of 10 October 2018, An FIR was registered against Patekar and three others at Oshiwara police station following a complaint by Dutta late on Wednesday night. Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, director Rakesh Sarang, and producer Samee Siddiqui were booked for molestation and obscenity under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

In June 2019, Patekar was cleared of the sexual harassment charges. The B-Summary report filed by the Oshiwara police station in Mumbai said that the complaint filed by Dutta could be “malicious” and “out of revenge”. Dutta said that her lawyers may approach the Bombay High Court to reopen the case.

Philanthropy (Nana Patekar Biography)

Patekar is known for his simple lifestyle and his generosity in donating to charities. He contributed money towards rebuilding the flood-ravaged villages in Bihar through the charitable organization Anubhuthi. All the monetary remuneration he obtained for his performance in the movie Paathshaala was donated by him to five different charitable organizations. When he was awarded the Raj Kapoor award which carries a cash prize of Rs 1,000,000, he donated the entire amount towards drought relief activities in Maharashtra. He also provided financial aid to families of farmers who committed suicide due to indebtedness brought about by drought. He distributed cheques worth Rs 15,000 to 62 families of farmers from the Vidarbha region in August 2015, and another 113 families from the Latur and Osmanabad districts of Marathwada in September 2015.

In September 2015, Patekar established the Naam Foundation, with fellow Marathi actor Makarand Anaspure, which works to provide aid to farmers overcome by drought conditions in Maharashtra.

Using a Twitter campaign with the hashtag IcareIsupport, Patekar was able to obtain funds to help Maharashtra drought victims.

Awards and recognition (Nana Patekar Biography)

  • Patekar was given the Padma Shri award for his dedication in the field of Films and Arts in 2013 on the eve of 64th Republic Day.
  • Patekar, along with Irrfan Khan, is the only actor ever to win Filmfare Awards in the Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Villain categories.
Year Award Film Status
  • National Film Awards
1990 Best Supporting Actor Parinda Won
1995 Best Actor Krantiveer Won
1997 Best Supporting Actor Agni Sakshi Won
  • Filmfare Awards
1989 Best Supporting Actor Andha Yudh Nominated
1990 Parinda Won
1992 Best Villain Angaar Won
1993 Best Supporting Actor Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman Nominated
1994 Tirangaa Nominated
1995 Best Actor Krantiveer Won
2003 Best Villain Shakti: The Power Nominated
2006 Apaharan Won
2011 Best Supporting Actor Raajneeti Nominated
  • Star Screen Awards
1995 Best Actor Krantiveer Won
2006 Best Villain Apaharan Won
  • FilmfareMarathi Awards
2015 Best Actor Dr. Prakash Baba Amte – The Real Hero Won
2017 Natsamrat
  • Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards
2004 Best Actor (Hindi) Ab Tak Chhappan Won
  • Zee Cine Awards
2017 Best Actor (Marathi) Natsamrat Won
  • Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards
2018 Best Villain – Male Kaala Won
Nana Patekar Biography
Nana Patekar Biography

Filmography (Nana Patekar Biography)


As an actor

Denotes films that have not been released yet.
Year Film Role Notes
1978 Gaman Vasu
1979 Sinhasan Marathi film
1980 Bhalu Marathi film
1982 Raghu Maina Marathi film
1983 Savitri Marathi film
1984 Aaj Ki Awaaz Jagmohandas
1984 Giddh Veerappan
1985 Gad Jejuri Jejuri Marathi film
1986 Ankush Ravindra Kelkar ‘Ravi’
Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy Nathuram Godse
Maaficha Sakshidar Raghavendra Marathi film
Phansi Ka Phanda Raghvendra
1987 Sutradhar Kumar
Mohre Abdul
Andha Yudh S.P. Suhas Dandekar Nominated – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Pratighaat Ex-Constable Karamveer
Awam Colonel Mustafa Ali Zahidi
1988 Trishagni
Salaam Bombay! Baba
1990 Parinda Anna Seth Won – National Film Award for Best Supporting ActorWon – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Thodasa Roomani Ho Jaayen Natwarlal aka Dhrushtadyumna Padmanabh
Prajapati Neelkant Dhumketu Barish Kar
1991 Prahaar: The Final Attack Major Chauhan Also directorNominated – Filmfare Best Story Award
Disha Vasant D. Mandre
Diksha Koga Pandit
1992 Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman Jai Nominated – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Angaar Majid Khan Won – Filmfare Best Villain AwardWon – Bengal Film Journalists’ Association – Best Supporting Actor (Hindi)
1993 Tirangaa Shivajirao Wagle Nominated – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
1994 Krantiveer Pratap Narayan Tilak Won – National Film Award for Best ActorWon – Filmfare Best Actor Award

Won – Star Screen Award for Best Actor

Abhay Ghost
1995 Hum Dono Vishal Saigal
1996 Agni Sakshi Vishwanath Won – National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Khamoshi: The Musical Joseph Braganza
1997 Ghulam-E-Mustafa Ghulam-E-Mustafa
Yeshwant Yeshwant Lohar
1998 Yugpurush Anirudh
Wajood Malhar Gopaldas Agnihotri/Col. Latti
1999 Hu Tu Tu Bhau
Kohram Maj. Ajit Arya
2000 Gang Abdul
Tarkieb CBI Inspector Jasraj Patel
2002 Vadh Dr. Arjun Singh
Shakti: The Power Narasimha Nominated – Filmfare Best Villain Award
2003 Bhoot Inspector Liyaqat Qureshi
Darna Mana Hai John Rodrigues Story segment ghostly lift
Aanch Mahadev
2004 Ab Tak Chhappan Inspector Sadhu Agashe Won – Bengal Film Journalists’ Association – Best Actor Award (Hindi)
2005 Apaharan Tabrez Alam Won – Filmfare Best Villain AwardWon – Star Screen Award Best Villain
Pak Pak Pakaak Bhutya Marathi film
Bluffmaster! Chandru Parekh
2006 Taxi No. 9211 Raghav Shastri
2007 Hattrick Doctor
Dus Kahaniyaan Man carrying balloons for dead wife in the story “Gubbare”
Welcome Don Uday Shetty
Yatra Dasrath Joglekar
The Pool Bungalow Owner
2008 Ek: The Power of One CBI Officer Rane
2009 Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss Govinda Unreleased movie
2010 Paathshaala Principal Aditya Sahay
Raajneeti Brij Gopal Nominated – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor AwardNominated – Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actor Award
Tum Milo Toh Sahi Subramanium
Yaksha Police Officer Kannada film
2011 Shagird Hanumant Singh
Deool Bhau Galande Marathi film
2012 Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal Kallu
2013 The Attacks of 26/11 Rakesh Maria, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime)
Hungame Pe Hungama Jigar Bhandan
2014 Dr. Prakash Baba Amte: The Real Hero Dr. Prakash Amte Marathi film
Yashwantrao Chavan– Bakhar Eka Vaadalaachi Pratap Deshmukh Marathi film
2015 Ab Tak Chhappan 2 Inspector Sadhu Agashe
Welcome Back Uday Shetty
2016 Natsamrat Ganpatrao Ramchandra Belwalkar Marathi film Won – Zee Cine Award for Best Actor (Marathi)
Final Cut of Director Rana Dubbed in Tamil as Bommalattam
2017 Wedding Anniversary Nagarjuna
Golmaal Again Himself guest appearance
2018 Aapla Manus Maruti Nagargoje Marathi film
2018 Kaala Haridev Abhayankar Tamil film
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award for Best Villain – Male
2018 Naammatra as himself TV show based on his organization Naam Foundation on Zee Marathi
2020 It’s My Life Businessman
2022 Tadka Tukaram Dalvi
2023 The Vaccine War † TBA India’s first Bio-science film

As a director

Year Film
1991 Prahaar: The Final Attack

As a narrator

Year Film
2006 Phir Hera Pheri
2023 Gadar 2

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