Amol Palekar was born on November 24, 1944, in a Maharshtrian Saraswat
Brahmin family is a well known actor of the '70s and later director of
notable Indian movies.
A graduate from the J.J.School of Art, an actor and director on the Marathi
stage in the evenings, Amol was a bank clerk during the day. He made his
debut in Bollywood with Basu Chatterji's light film 'Rajnigandha', playing
his real self as a clerk, and went on to play a middle class young man in
several films 'Chhoti Si Baat', 'Chitchor', 'Gharonda', 'Baaton Baaton Mein',
'Damaad', 'Do Ladke Dono Kadke', 'Rang Birangi', 'Naram Garam'. But though
some of his films were hits, the Maharashtrian Amol's market was considered
limited to Mumbai.
Though he made a successful pair first with Vidya Sinha and later with
Zarina Wahab, he refused to capitalize on that.
He made his presence felt as a director in films like 'Thodasa Romani Ho
Jaye', 'Mriganayani' and 'Dayera` which was hailed as a unique, sensitively
made film on the life of a transvestite.
He turned from actor to director with the Marathi film Aakriet.
He proved his capabilities as a director through his movie Paheli which was
India's official entry in the race for Best Foreign Film at the 2006 Oscar.
The movie, however, did not make it to the final nominations.
As an Actor
Baaton Baaton Mein
Chhoti Si Baat
Do Ladke Dono Kadke
Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi
As a Director
Akrit (Unimaginable) - 1981
Ankahi (Unspoken) - 1985
Thodasa Rumani Ho Jaye - 1990
Bangarwadi - 1995
Daayraa (The Square Circle) - 1996
Kairee (Raw mango) - 2001
Dhyaas Parva (Kal Kaa Aadmi in Hindi) - 2001 National Award for Best film on
family welfare based on Raghunath Karve's life.
Paheli (Riddle) - 2005
thaang (quest) - 2006
Kachchi Dhoop - 1987
Naqab - 1988
Paoolkhuna - 1993
Mrignayanee - 1991
Kareena Kareena - 2004