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Nirmal Pandey
Born Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Film actor
Spouse(s) Archana Sharma

Nirmal Pandey is an Indian Bollywood actor, who is known for his role Vikram Mallah in Shekhar Kapur's Bandit Queen (1994), for portrayal of a transvestite in Daayraa (1996) for which he won a Best Actress Valenti award in France, and Godmother (1999).[1]


Early life and education

Nirmal Pandey did his schooling in Nainital, Uttarakhand, and later graduated from the National School of Drama [1].]


After passing out of NSD he moved to London, with a London based theatre group, Tara, performing plays like Heer Ranjha, Anitigone, and has acted in around 125 plays [1]. After doing two small roles, he first got noticed in Shekhar Kapur's acclaimed Bandit Queen (1996), there after he received rave reviews for films like, Amol Palekar's Daayra (Square Circle) (1996), Train To Pakistan (1998), Is Raat Ki Subah Nahi and Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain.[2][3].

He has also acted in movies like Laila, and acted in several television serials, including Hatim, and Princess Dollie Aur Uska Magic Bag (2005) (Star Plus) .

In addition to being a good actor, he is also a versatile singer and has released an album called Jazba. In 2002, he directed, Andhayug, a Hindi play, written by noted playwright Dharamveer Bharati, which follows the 18 days following the Mahabharata war. The play has a cast of 70 actors, all of whom belong to Sanvedna, a theatre group started by him in 1994.He also has an acting institute "Fresh Talent Academy" in Ghazaiabad [4], and also conducts theatre workshops [5].



He holds an extremely unique record for winning a Best Actress award, at the 1997 France's Valenciennes Film Festival for his portrayal of a transvestite in Amol Palekar's Daayra (1996). He shared the Best Actress award with the female lead of the film Sonali Kulkarni at the Valenciennes Film Festival (France, 1997)[6].

Personal life

He married Archana Sharma, principal of City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow, on 6 May 2005 [7]


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