Vishwanath Patekar was born on 1st January 1951. He was known as Nana Patekar, and he is an Indian film actor and a writer, a philanthropist, and a filmmaker who mainly worked in Marathi and Hindi cinema.
He is popularly known for his act in the film Agni Sakshi which was written by Ranbir Pushp, for which he earned the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. He won the second National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and Film fare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role in Parinda film releases in 1989. He then earned the Filmfare of Best Villain Award for his role in Angaar film in 1992. In 1995, again, he earned the National Film Award for Best Actor as well as the Filmfare and the Screen awards for the Best Actor for his role in Krantiveer film 1994. He was also honored with his second Filmfare Best Villain Award for his role in Apaharan movie in 2005. In 2017 he earned the Film fare of Marathi award for Best Actor for his performance in Natsamrat film.
He, along with the Actor Irrfan Khan, is the only Actor’s ever to win Filmfare Awards in the Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor, and Best Villain categories in Bollywood movies. Patekar was conferred with the fourth highest civilian honor of India, and the Padma Shri award was earned for his dedication in the field of Films and Arts.
After playing his role in debut in Bollywood with the 1978 drama Gaman, that period Patekar acted in some Marathi films and some Bollywood films. After his roles, he achieved his breakthrough performing as a gangster in Parinda film in 1989, for which he earned the National Film Award and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. Later than, he performed in and made his directorial debut with Prahaar movie: The Final Attack in 1994. Patekar subsequently played in, and he received critical acclaim for his performance in several commercially successful great films of the 1990s, including Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman film in 1992, and Angaar in 1992, for which he achieves the Filmfare Award for Best Villain role in Tirangaa (1993); and for film Krantiveer (1994), for which he attained the National Film Award and the Filmfare Award for Best Actor; During the early 2000s, he received an honor for his performances in Shakti film: The Power film in 2002 and film Apaharan in 2005; the latter he won his second Best Villain award at Filmfare. Patekar’s highest-grossing film was released when he played a gangster role in the comedy film Welcome (2007) and its continuation film Welcome Back in 2015, and a politician in the political thriller movie Raajneeti (2010). In 2016, he played in the Marathi film Natsamrat.
Early life and background
Nana Patekar’s real name is Vishwanath Patekar was born on 1st January 1951 in Murud Janjira of present-day Raigad District, Maharashtra. He is a student of the Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai.
Patekar went through a tough situation in his childhood. He married Neelkanti when he was 27. It was unclear whether Patekar is a non-theist or not, but he continues to celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi festival due to tradition. His father died due to the heart attack when Nana Patekar was 28 years old, and later then Patekar also lost his first son. Patekar was addicted to smoke basically; he was a chain smoker until the age of 56, after which he quit smoking. In an interview, he mentioned that his father loved to play and used to encourage him to watch them. This is how he starts his love for acting. Vijaya Mehta directed his first play role.
Patekar has played many types of roles in the film. He has basically played a villain role, but he has been heroin in most of his films. His debut film was Gaman, releases in 1978; after that, he did several small roles in Marathi cinema. Patekar played the role of Nathuram Godse in the British television series Lord Mountbatten: The Last Nabob. He had remarkable roles in Aaj Ki Awaz film (1984), Ankush film (1986), Pratighaat film (1987), Mohre film (1987), Trishagni film (1988), Awam film (1987), and Sagar Sangam film (1988).
His performance in the movie Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay! (1988) was commend. He was noticed by the mainstream in Bollywood for his portrayal of a crime lord in Parinda (1989), for which he earned his first National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and was also awarded for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor. He turned director with his movie Prahaar in 1991, with Madhuri Dixit, for which he underwent the training of his role as an Indian Army officer. His role in Angaar film (1992) makes earned the Filmfare Best Villain Award. He also co-starred with industry veteran Raaj Kumar in Tirangaa movie (1993). He played a wag, gambling son in Krantiveer film in 1994, for which he earned the National Film Award for the category of Best Actor and also obtained the Filmfare Award and the Star Screen Awards. Patekar played the character role of a ghost in the children’s film Abhay, which he won two awards at the ceremony of 42nd National Film Festival, which was held in 1994. He co-starred with actor Rishi Kapoor in Hum Dono movie (1995). He played a sadist husband role in Agni Sakshi movie (1996), a deaf father role of Manisha Koirala in Khamoshi film (1996), a gangster character in Ghulam-E-Mustafa film (1997), an honest but maverick cop role played in Yeshwant movie (1997) and a schizophrenic role in Wajood film (1998). He performed with Amitabh Bachchan in Kohram (1999), where he played the role of an undercover Indian Army intelligence officer chasing Bachchan’s incognito. His other notable of this decade were Yugpurush film (1998) and Hu Tu Tu (1999). He performed with Aditya Pancholi as the CBI director character in the crime drama Tarkieb (2000). After an interval of a year, he returned to acting in Shakti film (2002), in which he played an extremely violent father role. In Ab Tak Chhappan film (2004), he played a police officer character who was an encounter specialist. His performance in Apaharan (2005) won him his second Filmfare Best Villain Award as well as the Star Screen Award Best Villain. He played a taxi driver character in Taxi No.9211 film (2006). Patekar has also played comic roles, such as in Welcome film in 2007, in which he plays the role of a powerful crime lord in Dubai who once desired to be an actor in films. He acted in Sangeeth Sivan’s film Ek in 2009. He played the role of a school headmaster in Paathshaala film (2010). He also played in Prakash Jha’s multi-star political drama film Raajneeti (2010). In 2011, he was selected in the critically acclaimed Shagird and a Marathi movie, Deool. His next movie was Ram Gopal Verma’s The Attacks of 26/11 (2013), which was based on the true events of the 2008 Mumbai Attacks in which he performed a role of a Joint Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria. In 2014, he was selected in another Marathi film Dr. Prakash Baba Amte – The Real Hero. In 2015, he made two continuation movies reprising his roles in Ab Tak Chhappan 2, a follow-up of Ab Tak Chhappan, and Welcome Back, a continuation of Welcome. In 2016, he asterisked as Ganpatrao “Appa” Belwalkar film the Drama Natsamrat, which was highly successful and commercially. He also did the voice acting for Shere Khan in the Hindi version of The Jungle Book film (2016).
He also loved to sing; he also did some playback singing in the films Yeshwant (1997), Wajood (1998), and Aanch (2003).
In 2008, Tanushree Dutta defamed Patekar for sexually harassing her on the sets of the movie Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss. In March 2008, she filed a complaint against Patekar with ‘CINTAA’ (Cine & TV Artists Association), but no action was taken for him. This allegation was again repeated in an interview in 2013 and again made in 2018. In late 2018, CINTAA apologized to Tanushree Dutta, admitting that the “chief grievance of sexual harassment was not even addressed (in 2008)” but added that since the case was more than three years old, they could not reopen it.
In 2018, Dutta restated her charged of being sexually harassed by Patekar 2018 in interviews with various media, and her assertion led to the Me Too movement coming to Bollywood. Eventually, she grumbled to the Maharashtra Women Commission and asked for an investigation into the allegations of harassment leveled by her against producer Samee Siddiqui, director Rakesh Sarang, Patekar, Ganesh Acharya, and several Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party workers. On 10th October 2018, An FIR was registered against Patekar and three others at Oshiwara police station.
In June 2019, Patekar was given clean chit of the sexual harassment charges. The B-Summary report was filed by the Oshiwara police station in Mumbai police said that the complaint filed by Tanushree Dutta could be “malicious” and “out of revenge.”