Amol Palekar

  • Birthday: 24. November 1944
  • Birthplace: Mumbai
  • Awards: 1980 - Filmfare Award Best Actor Gol Maal Ramprasad Sharma


Amol Palekar (born 24 November 1944) is an Indian actor and a director and producer of Hindi and Marathi cinema.

He studied Fine Arts at the Sir JJ School of Arts, Mumbai, and commenced his artistic career as a painter. As a painter, he had seven one-man exhibitions and participated in many group shows. He has been active in the avant garde theatre in India. He has been active in Marathi and Hindi theatre as an actor, director and producer since 1967. His contribution to modern Indian theatre often gets overshadowed by his popularity as a lead actor in Hindi films.

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 received three Film Fare and six State awards as Best Actor. His performances in regional language films in Marathi, Bengali, Malyalam and Kannada fetched him critical acclaim as well. 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. He has directed several television serials on the national network such as "Kachchi Dhoop", "Mrignayani", "Naquab", "Paool Khuna" and "Krishna Kali".


1980 - Aanchal
1977 - Agar... If
1981 - Agni Pareeksha
1980 - Apne Paraye
1986 - Baat Ban Jaye
1979 - Baton Baton Mein
1977 - Bhumika
1981 - Chehre Pe Chehra
1975 - Chhoti Si Baat
1976 - Chitchor
1978 - Damaad
1979 - Do Ladke Dono Kadke
1977 - Gharaonda
1979 - Gol Maal
1979 - Jeena Yahan
1982 - Jeevan Dhaara
1985 - Jhoothi
1979 - Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi
1981 - Naram Garam
1974 - Rajnigandha
1977 - Safed Jhoot
1979 - Solva Sawan
1984 - Tarang
1977 - Taxi Taxie