Atul Kulkarni (born September 10, 1965) is an Indian actor, producer and screenwriter who works in Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu language films. Kulkarni won the National Award for the Best Supporting Actor for the films Hey Ram and Chandni Bar. He is also the president of Quest, a research-action organization concentrating on enhancing quality of education. He left his study in engineering at College of Engineering, Pune while he was in his first year. He is known for his performances in films like Hey Ram, Chandni Bar, Rang De Basanti (2006), Natarang (2010) among others.
|Alma mater||National School of Drama, New Delhi|
Early life & careerEdit
Kulkarni's first stint with stage was during his high school days. He participated in the Maharashtra State Drama Competition regularly. Between 1989 and 1992, he won awards for Acting and also for Drama-Direction. Atul enacted in Gandhi Viruddh Gandhi, the play made later famous by Dilip Prabhavalkar in Marathi professional theatre circuit until mid-90s. Later during his college days he actively participated in cultural gatherings. While studying, Atul joined Natya Aradhana, an amateur theatre group from Solapur. Atul Kulkarni holds a postgraduate diploma in dramatic arts from National School of Drama, New Delhi. Atul Kulkarni, a national-award winner and a fine actor, expresses his belief of art being a product of social, political and economic changes in the society.
Kulkarni has been serving as President of Quest Education Support Trust. Quest Trust invests in running workshops and enabling Teachers, to support education for children of marginalized communities between 3–14 years. All this activity is mainly in State of Maharashtra. It conducts its activities in Marathi language.
Atul Kulkarni has been active in sharing his knowledge on running NGO with other NGO's. He does visit Maharashtra based NGO's like Snehalaya regularly. Kulkarni has been involved in an environmental project, making a 24-acre barren land in Satara District into Green area.
|1997||Bhoomi Geetha||Kannada / Hindi||Debut film|
|2000||Jayam Manade Raa||Telugu||Basavayah|
|2000||Hey Ram||Hindi/Tamil||Shriram Abhyankar|
|2001||Chandni Bar||Hindi||Potya Sawant|
|2002||Dahavi Fa||Marathi||Ganesh Deshmukh (teacher)|
|2003||Mango Soufflé||English||Edwin 'Ed' Prakash|
|2003||88 Antop Hill||Hindi||Pratyush Shelar|
|2004||Andhrawala||Telugu||Bade Mia's sidekick|
|2004||Khakee||Hindi||Dr. Iqbal Ansari|
|2004||Leela Mahal Center||Telugu||GK|
|2005||Page 3||Hindi||Vinayak Mane|
|2006||Rang De Basanti||Hindi||Laxman Pandey|
|2007||Aa Dinagalu||Kannada||Agni Shridhar|
|2007||Gauri: The Unborn||Hindi||Sandeep|
|2009||Yeh Mera India||Hindi||Raj|
|2009||Vandae Maatharam||Malayalam / Tamil|
|2010||Allah Ke Banday||Hindi||School Teacher|
|2010||Bumm Bumm Bole||Hindi|
|2011||Koffi Bar||Telugu||Business man|
|2011||Aagaah: The Warning||Hindi||Aazan Khan|
|2013||Aarambam||Tamil||JCP Milind Virekar|
|2013||The Attacks of 26/11||Hindi||Inspector Shinde|
|2015||Dirty Politics||Hindi||Police Insceptor|
|2015||Mythri||Kannada / Malayalam||Raviprakash|
|2015||Rajwade and Sons||Marathi||Shubhankar Rajwade|
|2017||The Ghazi Attack||Hindi/Telugu||Lieutenant Commander Santosh Devraj, Executive Officer, EXO, Second - In - Command S21|
|2017||Bongu||Tamil||Subash, assistant commissioner|
|2017||Aval/Gruham/House next door||Tamil /Telugu/Hindi||Paul, Jenny's Father|
|2021||Black Bud||Hindi||Mehmood Khan|
|2018||Patnagarh||Odia/Telugu||IG Arun Agnihotri|
|2019||Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi||Hindi||Tatya Tope|
|2019||Mere Pyare Prime Minister||Hindi||In PMO|
Dr. Benjamin Diaz
|2019||Alidu Ulidavaru||Kannada||Police Inspector|
|2021||Koi Jaane Na||Hindi||Dr. Rao|
|2017–18||The Test Case||Colonel Ajinkya Sathe||ALTBalaji|
|2019-2021||City of Dreams||Amey Rao Gaikwad||Hotstar Specials|
|2020||The Raikar Case||Yashwant Naik Raikar||Voot Select|
|2020||Bandish Bandits||Digvijay Rathore||Amazon Prime Video|
|2020||Sandwiched Forever||VK Sarnaik||Sony LIV|||
|2021-present||Faraar - Kab Tak?||Host||Ishara TV|
Awards & NominationsEdit
|2000||Hey Ram||Best Supporting Actor||Won|||
- 2001: Nominated: Best Supporting Actor for Hey Ram
- 2012: Won : Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada for Edegarike
- 2010: Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor for Natarang
- 2019: Won: Best Actor in Murder on the Road to Kathmandu
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- "Sandwiched Forever Review: Kunaal and Aahana show is a feel-good Christmas watch". India Today. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
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