Nana Patekar Biography, Movies & Net Worth

When you talk about a versatile actor in India, one name often pops up, Nana Patekar. Apart from being a great actor, Nana is also a filmmaker, writer, and philanthropist. He has worked in several Hindi and Marathi movies till date. Best known for his mesmerizing acting skills in the movie Agni Sakshi, Nana has won several awards during his acting career. He has played the role of a hero, a villain, and also done numerous supporting roles. Apart from working in movies, Nana has also endorsed several brands during his lifetime.

Nana Patekar Early Life

Nana Patekar was born on the 1st of January, 1951 in Murud-Janjira of the Raigad District in Maharashtra. His original name is Vishwanath Patekar and was nicknamed as Nana. Unfortunately, he had a tough childhood. Nana married Neelkanti at the age of 27 years. He lost his father when he was 28 years old. Nana also lost his first child. Until the age of 56 years, Nana was a chain smoker. However, after a display of tremendous will power he finally quit smoking. His father simply loved to watch plays and also encouraged Nana to watch with him. This gave birth to his interest in acting. Nana Patekar is alumnus of the Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art in Mumbai.

Nana Patekar Career Life

During his acting career, Nana has done a wide array of roles. Apart from playing the occasional roles of a villain, most of the movies had him as a hero. His debut movie was Gaman that released in the year 1978. After debuting in Gaman, Nana did several other roles in various Marathi movies. In a British television series, Lord Mountbatter: The Last Viceroy, Nana also played the role of Nathuram Godse. He has done several notable roles in several movies such as Aaj Ki Awaz that released in the year 1984, Ankush that released in 1986, Pratighaat that released in 1987, Mohre that released in 1987, Trishagni that released in 1988, Awam that released in 1987, and Sagar Sangam that released in 1988.

Nana received his first praises for his acting skills after his role in Salaam Bombay! That was made by Mira Nair. The movies was released in the year 1988. However, he got noticed by the mainstream Bollywood cinema for his role of a crime lord in the movie Parinda that released in 1989. The movie also helped him win his first National Film Award in the Best Supporting Actor category, as well as, his first Filmfare Award in the same category.

His first movie as a director was Prahaar that released in the year 1991. He also featured in the movie along with Madhuri Dixit. Due to his role of an Indian Army office in the movie, Nana had to go through an extensive training. He did the role of a villain in the movie Angaar that released in 1992. He also won the Filmfare Award in the Best Villain category for the movie. Nana Patekar was seen alongside Bollywood veteran Raaj Kumar in his next movie Tirangaa that released in 1993. The movie wasa blockbuster at that time. During the Bombay bombings of 1993, Plaza Cinema, where the movie was being shown was also blown up that killed 10 people and injured almost 37.

Krantiveer, Nana’s next movie that released in 1994, was also a super hit at the Box Office. He played the role of a truant and gambling son in the movie that also won him a National Film Award in the Best Actor category. He also went on to win the Star Screen Awards and Filmfare Award for the movie. Krantiveer was made by Mehul Kumar and the movie also featured some big names from Bollywood such as Dimple Kapadia, Mamta Kulkarni, Paresh Rawal, Danny Denzongpa, and Atul Agnihotri. The movie was the third highest grossing movie of its time and in total it won 3 Star Screen Awards, 4 Filmfare Awards, and 1 National Film Award.

Abhay, his next venture was basically a children’s movie in which Nana played the role of a ghost. His role of a sadist husband in the movie Agni Sakshi was also well appreciated. The movie released in the year 1996 and was made by Partho Ghosh. It also featured Jackie Shroff and Manisha Koirala along with himself. Nana also won the National Film Award in the Best Supporting Role category for Agni Sakshi. His next major movie was Apaharan that released in the year 2005. However, he did act in a few movies in between, some of which were good and some that vanished without a trace. The movie was made by Prakash Jha and it also featured Bipasha Basu and Ajay Devgan. Apaharan basically dealt with a complex relationship and clashing ideologies between a son and his father. The story is set in the backdrop of a kidnapping industry in the state of Bihar, India. Nana’s role in Apaharan won him a Filmfare Award and a Star Screen Award in the Best Villain Category.

Apart from playing villainous and serious roles, Nana has also done several comedy roles in his acting career. His first comedy role was in the movie Welcome that released in the year 2007. The movie was made by Anees Bazmee and had several major stars from the Hindi film industry such as Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Feroz Khan, Mallika Sherawat, and Paresh Rawal. Nana played the role of a powerful Dubai crime lord who had desire to work in movies. Nana’s next major role was in the movie Raajneeti, which was mainly based on Indian politics. It was basically a political thriller that was co-written, produced and directed by Prakash Jha. The movie had a major star cast such as Arjun Rampal, Katrina Kaif, Ajay Devgan, Ranbir Kapoor, Maseruddin Shah, and Manoj Bajpayee. The storyline draws parallel to the Indian epic Mahabharata, where shades of Bhima, Arjun, Karna, Krishna, Draupadi, and Duryodhana are seen in the different roles.

Nana Patekar has acted in a number of other movies as well such as Paathshaala, Shakti, The Attacks of 26/11, Taxi No. 9211, Hum Dono, Yeshwant, Hu Tu Tu, Ab Tak Chappan, Ab Tak Chappan 2, Welcome Back, and Ghulam-E-Mustafa, to name a few. He has also acted with some of the big names in Bollywood such as Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, and Anil Kapoor. Although he has won several awards during his lifetime, some of his movies did not fare well at the Box Office. Apart from acting in movies and plays, Nana Patekar has also sang a few songs in movies such as Wajood, Yeshwant, and Aanch. He has also given a voice over for Shere Khan in the Hindi version of the famous children’s book The Jungle Book.


Nana is well-known for leading a rather simple lifestyle. He is also popular for making donations to different charities. He had contributed a large sum of money towards rebuilding the flood ravaged villages of Bihar through Anubhuti, which is a charitable organization. The money he had received from his work in the movie Paathshaala was donated to 5 different charitable organizations. He was also awarded the Raj Kapoor award that is a prize money of INR 1000000. He donated this amount to towards the drought relief activities in the state of Maharashtra. The families of the farmers, who had committed suicide due to the drought, were also given monetary aid by him. Nana Patekar had distributed cheques to 62 different families each being worth INR 15000. The families were from the Vidarbha region and the distribution of the cheques took place in the month of August 2015. He had also distributed cheques to 113 different families from Latur and Osmanabad districts of Marathwada of the same amount. This took place in the month of September, 2015. That same month, Patekar established the Naam Foundation with another co-actor Makarand Anaspure. This foundation works to provide financial aid to farmers, who get effected by drought conditions in Maharashtra.

Awards and Recognition

Nana Patekar has won several awards during his lifetime. These include National Film Awards in various categories such as Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor. He has also won a number of Filmfare Awards in various categories such as Best Supporting Actor, Best Villain, and Best Actor. Other awards that he has also won include Star Screen Awards in Best Villain and Best Actor categories, Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards in Best Actor (Hindi) category, and Zee Cine Awards in the Best Actor (Marathi) category.

Some of the movies in which he has acted include Kaala, Golmaal Again, Wedding Anniversary, Darna Mana Hai, Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal, It’s My Life, Natsamrat, and many more. Nana Patekar is one of those actors, who can do any type of role with ease. He has no reservations in terms of roles and is quite comfortable in front of the camera no matter the demand of the scenes. Whether it is the role of a villain or the hero or even a comic role, Patekar has done it all.


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