Amol Palekar

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Amol Palekar (born 1944), is a noted director on the Marathi experimental stage and has his own group, Aniket, set up in 1972. He was working as a bank clerk when he was cast by director Basu Chatterjee in Rajanigandha (1974), a key film of the middle-class cinema of the time. Many similar roles, of the ordinary, bumbling small man, followed: Chhoti Si Baat (1975), Chitchor (1976), Golmal (1979). There were also more ambitious characterizations: the manipulative industrialist in Kumar Shahani’s Tarang (1984), the exploitative manager-husband of a film star in Bhumika (1976). Like other significant actors in the parallel cinema, Palekar became part of an alternative star system. He is well known for his acting in several Bengali films as well. Amol Palekar shifted into film direction with the Marathi films Aakriet (1981), Bangarwadi (1995) and Kairee (2000), and in Hindi, Ankahee (1984), Thodasa Rumani Ho Jaye (1990) and Daayra (1996).
Author: House of World Cultures


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New Perspectives from India

(19 September 03 - 16 November 03)