DOB: November 24, 1944
Birthplace: Bombay, British India
Occupation: Actor, director and producer of Hindi and Marathi cinema
• He received one Filmfare for Gol Maal and six State awards as Best Actor. His performances in regional language films in Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam and Kannada fetched him critical acclaim, as well.
• Amol Palekar was born in a lower-middle-class family. He was raised along with his three sisters by his father, who worked in the General Post Office and his mother, who worked in a private company.
• He studied Fine Arts at the Sir JJ School of Arts, Mumbai, and commenced his artistic career as a painter. He had seven one-man exhibitions and participated in many group shows. Amol used to work at the Bank of India before he switched full-time to a career in acting.
• As an actor, he was most prominent for over a decade from 1970. His image as a ‘boy next door’ contrasted with the larger-than-life heroes prevalent at that time in Indian cinema. He decided not to act after 1986 in order to concentrate on filmmaking.
• As a director, he is known for the sensitive portrayal of women, selection of classic stories from Indian literature, and perceptive handling of progressive issues.
• Palekar made his debut in 1971 with the Marathi film Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe, which started the New Cinema Movement in Marathi.
• In 1974, he was cast in Rajnigandha, and in the surprise low-budget hit, Chhoti Si Baat. This led to many other such roles in ‘middle-class’ comedies, mostly alternative cinema.
• He is noted for his image of the ‘middle-class everyman’ who struggles to get a job (Gol Maal), his own flat (Gharonda), a girlfriend/wife (Baaton Baaton Mein), and appreciation from his boss.
• In 1979, he was paired with a 16-year-old Sri Devi in Solva Saawan, which was her debut Hindi movie as a heroine. Amol played the role of a mentally retarded, handicapped man, a character played by Kamal Haasan in the original Tamil movie.
• Amol’s movie, Thodasa Roomani Ho Jaayen, as a director has become a part of management courses and study pertaining to human behaviour. His film Paheli was India's official entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2006 Oscars.
• Amol has been active in Marathi and Hindi theatre as an actor, director and producer since 1967. His contribution to the modern Indian theatre often gets overshadowed by his popularity as a lead actor in Hindi films.
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