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Nana Patekar
Born Vishwanath Patekar
January 1, 1951 (1951-01-01) (age 59)
Murud-Janjira, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actor, Filmmaker
Years active 1978 – present
Spouse(s) Neelakanti Patekar

Nana Patekar (Marathi: नाना पाटेकर) (born 1 January 1951 as Vishwanath Patekar) is a highly acclaimed Indian actor and filmmaker.



Born Vishwanath Patekar in Murud-Janjira, Maharashtra, to Dankar Patekar (a painter) and his wife Sangana Patekar. He is an alumnus of the Sir J. J. institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai. During his college years he was active in inter collegiate dramatics. After graduating he has starred in a number of Bollywood movies with some of the most prominent film directors of Bollywood. He is married to Neelakanti and they have a son Malhar.


Nana Patekar is said to have a unique acting style. He is known for his brash style of delivering his dialogues and his way of speaking reflects his deliverance of the lines. It is widely rumoured that he ad libs all of his lines. He is known to give generously to the poor.[1][2] He is also a sketch artist with his sketches having sometimes helped the Mumbai Police to track criminals.

He acted in movies such as Mohre (1987) and Salaam Bombay! (1988) and was noticed by the mainstream Bollywood industry for his portrayal of the villain in the 1989 film, Parinda. He was awarded the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for the role. He also won the Filmfare Best Villain Award in 1992 for Angaar.

In the movie Ab Tak Chappan (2005) he plays a police officer whose main task is to rid the streets of underworld dons. In 1994 he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Krantiveer (1994). He also won the Filmfare Award and the Star Screen Awards in the best actor category.

Patekar has played various type of roles. He has played the occasional villain but has played a hero in most of his films. He played a truant, gambling son in Krantiveer (1994), a wife beater in Agni Sakshi (1996), a deaf and dumb father to his then off-screen lover Manisha Koirala in Khamoshi: The Musical (1996) and a schizophrenic in Wajood (1998). He has also played some villainous roles. Patekar has also done Comic roles in the recent film Welcome (2007) in which he plays a powerful crime lord who once desired to be an actor in films.

He turned director with his movie Prahaar: The Final Attack co-starring Madhuri Dixit. His other films as an actor include Hu Tu Tu and Bluff Master. For his performance in Apaharan, he received the Filmfare Best Villain Award as well as the Star Screen Award Best Villain. He is going to be in Sangeeth Sivan's next film, which is a remake of the Telugu film Athadu(2005) and as the character Anjaneya Prasad (CBI Officer), Which was originally played by Prakash Raj.

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

He has a honorary Captain's Rank from Indian Army. He underwent grueling training for his role as a Army officer in the movie Prahaar. He was thus awarded the rank. He joined the Territorial Army (India) in early 90s. At the age of 54 he took up the sport of rifle shooting. He qualified for the G.V. Malvankar Championships.[3]


Patekar is the only actor ever to win Filmfare Awards in the Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Villain categories.[5]





  • Prahaar: The Final Attack (1991)


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