While we are all focused on appreciating the industry’s most well-known and established performers, there have been moments when some of the industry’s most experienced and impactful actors have gone utterly unnoticed. With so many newbies and fresh talents entering the profession, let us take a look at some of the most well-known Marathi theatre artists who are famous for their outstanding performances:
Vikram Gokhale, the television and film actor who is known as the single major method actor of Marathi films, has made a significant impact to the Bollywood business. Vikram Gokhale is noted for his powerful performances in films such as Hum DIl De Chuke Sanam, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Aiyaary, and others. He is the son of another well-known Marathi theatre artist, Chandrakant Gokhale.
Being a well-known character in the television industry, the actor has excelled in shows such as Singhasan, Akbar Birbal, Udaan, Alpviram, and others. Anumati the actor made his directorial debut in 2010 with the Marathi film Aaghaat, winning the National Film Award for Best Actor in a Marathi Film.
Nana Patekar, a 70-year-old veteran actor, hasn’t lost his allure among Indian fans. Nana Patekar has established himself as one of Bollywood’s most promising actors by delivering various unusual and unforgettable performances throughout the years.
While we’re all aware of Nana’s outstanding film performances, it’s worth noting that he’s been lauded much more for his generous contributions to the Marathi film industry. Nana Patekar is a Marathi theatrical artist who has won numerous awards during his career for his outstanding performances.
The first image of this actor that comes to mind is of his uniformed performances in the films Singham and Hum Paanch on television. Right!? Well, this well-known stage and cinema actor has had a long and successful career in Marathi television and movies.
The actor, who has also received accolades for his work in Marathi Theatrical plays, has established himself as one of the most lovable comedic actors in the Hindi cinema and television industry. The actor has been in the entertainment industry since 1969 and has appeared in over 250 Marathi films, with 100 of them being commercial successes. Koyla, Yes Boss, Joru Ka Ghulam, and others are some of his excellent works.
Following his supporting part in the film Wanted, Mahesh Manjrekar has worked as a screenwriter, actor, director, and producer for a variety of regional movies, including Marathi, Hindi, Telugu, and Bhojpuri films.
Astitva is well-known in the Marathi business for hosting Bigg Boss Marathi since 2018. She has won a National award for Best Feature Film in Marathi. Mahesh began his acting career in 1975 and has since been in films such as Slumdog Millionaire, Dabangg, Ready, OMG: Oh My God!, and others.
While the next generation may not identify this senior actor by his first name, wait until you see the photo of him! Laximikant Berde, one of the most well-known performers of the 1990s, amassed a large fan base because to his roles in films such as Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Maine Pyar Kiya, and others.
The latter began his career as an employee of the Marathi Sahitya Sangh production firm, where he became well-known for his comedic and slapstick performances. Gradually establishing himself as a supporting actor in a few Marathi plays, he rose to become one of Bollywood’s most talented performers.
Atul Kulkarni, one of the most promising performers in the Marathi, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada cinema industries, began his career by participating in the Maharashtra State Drama Competition. He finally got his debut in 1997 with the film Bhoomi Geetha, which he pursued with zeal.
This was a career-changing moment for the actor, and he hasn’t looked back since. In addition to winning the National Award for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Chandni Bar and Hey Ram, the actor has also appeared in films such as Rang De Basanti, Page 3, Delhi 6, Koi Jaane Na, and others.
Only a few performers in the industry have been able to successfully portray Mahatma Gandhi, and Dilip Prabhavalkar was undoubtedly one of them! Lage Raho Munna Bhai won the national award for best supporting actor in a film, and the actor was hailed for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the film.
This well-known Marathi actor, author, writer, and director has a long and illustrious career in both Marathi and Hindi films. The actor has been performing for more over four decades, beginning with roles in Marathi plays and never looking back. Sarkar Raj, Paheli, Sankat City, and other Marathi films and television performances are among the actor’s other notable appearances.
Reema Lagoo, hailed as one of the industry’s most gifted and promising actors, began her career as a Marathi theatre artist before becoming a household figure following her motherly roles in various films. Following her appearances in the sitcoms Shriman Shrimati and Tu Tu Main Main, she became immortal in the hearts of the public.
Reema got immensely determined to become an actress after being influenced by her mother’s glittering career as a Marathi theatre and cinema actress. After catching the attention of Hindi audiences with her portrayal as Kamla Singh in the 1988 film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, the actress went on to participate in a number of other television shows and films.
Only a few struggling performers can build a successful career over time, and actor Sayaji Shinde was one of them. The actor began his career as a watchman in the Maharashtra Government’s Irrigation Department, where he was born into a farmer’s family in a tiny village in Maharashtra.
Sayaji acquired a strong interest in theatre and performing at the time, despite her poor wage of Rs. 165 per month. After years of struggle, the latter relocated to Mumbai in 1978 and began his acting career in Marathi one-act plays. Sayaji made his debut in the Marathi cinema business in 1995 with the film Aboli, and has since appeared in films in Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, and other regional languages.
Who doesn’t remember Radhe Shyam Tiwari’s phoney son from the film Hungama? Sanjay Narvekar, who plays Anil in the film, is best recognised for his outstanding performances in the Marathi and Hindi cinema and television industries.
Sanjay became an instant favourite among audiences after capturing the attention of the people with his depiction of Dedh Phutiya, a character from the film Vaastav. He is well known for his on-screen partnership with Siddharth Jadhav, which has been hailed as the most successful and humorous in recent Marathi cinema.
Who can forget Kaalia, the dacoit from the blockbuster hit Sholay? After years of performing in Marathi theatre, the actor is known for a range of side roles and memorable dialogues such as Sardar Maine aapka namak khaya hai, from Sholay; Galti se mistake ho gaya, from Andaz Apna Apna, and so on.
Viju is one of the most talented performers in the Marathi and Hindi film industries, with a career spanning several decades.
Varsha Sinai Usgaonkar rose to prominence after appearing in the Marathi stage drama Brahmachari. She is now considered one of the finest actresses in Marathi cinema. The actress gradually established herself as a famous figure in the Bollywood business by appearing in a variety of Hindi films and serials.