Dilip Prabhavalkar

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Dilip Prabhavalkar (born 4 August 1944)[1] is an Indian Marathi actor, director, playwright and author. He has a career spanning over four decades in Hindi and Marathi theatre, television and movies.[2] He was awarded the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the 2006 Hindi film Lage Raho Munna Bhai.

Dilip Prabhavalkar
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Prabhavalkar in 2015
Born (1944-08-04) 4 August 1944 (age 78)
  • Actor
  • Author
Years active1972-present

Early lifeEdit

Born in Mumbai, Dilip Prabhavalkar obtained a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga. He gained his master's degree in Biophysics and a diploma from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, before working for a pharmaceutical company.[1] He joined as a partner in a video production unit. During this period, he performed as an actor in several children's and experimental plays staged at Chhabildas. In 1991, he decided to give up this dual existence of working and doing plays simultaneously and chose acting as a career.



He started performing as an actor in children's plays and experimental plays. His first major performance was in Lobh Nasava Hi Vinanti, a play written by Vijay Tendulkar and directed by Arvind Deshpande, which was well received.[3] He went on to star in various plays including Vaasuchi Sasu, Sandhyachaya, Naatigoti, Javai Maza Bhala, Kalam 302 and Ghar Tighanche Have. He debuted on Marathi television by playing Chimanrao in the television serial Chimanrao Gundyabhau. He went on to star in television shows like Turtur and Shriyut Gangadhar Tipre.[1][2] He also played various characters in Hasva Fasvi, a Marathi play.[4][5]

He is known for his versatility and is known for transforming himself into the characters he plays. He gained recognition for his various comedic and dramatic film roles, notably in Ek Daav Bhutacha (1982), Zapatlela (1993) and Chaukat Raja (1991).[6][7] In 1991, he decided to choose acting as a career. In children's and amateur theatre, Prabhavalkar was associated with Ratnakar Matkari's group and performed in all the plays staged by the troupe. His performances of a simpleton in Prem Kahani and Vidur in Aranyak — a play based on the Mahabharat — were awarded prizes at the Maharashtra State Drama Festival.

Prabhavalkar starred in the Bollywood movie Encounter: The Killing as an old gangster, Punappa Avade in 2002.[8] He portrayed Mahatma Gandhi in the 2006 hit Lage Raho Munna Bhai.[9] He reprised his role in the Telugu remake called Shankar Dada Zindabad. From the experimental stage, Prabhavalkar very easily moved to the professional stage in 1976, and since then has acted in plays from slapstick to light comedy, family drama, and melodrama, to serious discussion plays dealing with contemporary issues.

Prabhavalkar was recently seen in Faster Fene, a movie inspired by the popular Marathi book series of the same name, authored by B. R. Bhagwat, who he portrays in the film. The film is about a young boy who uncovers an educational scam using his detective prowess. In 2018, he did a talk show called Chimanrao Tey Gandhi, where he narrated the process behind each of his roles.[10]


In 1994, he wrote a play titled Chuk Bhul Dyavi Ghyavi.[11] He has authored 28 books and has also won a Sahitya Akademi Award for his children’s book, Bokya Satbande.[5]



Year Title Role Language Notes
1982 Ek Daav Bhutacha Master Marathi [6]
1987 Chhakke Panje Raja Bairagi Marathi
1989 Dharla Tar Chavtay Dr. Pralhad Tonage Marathi 1991 Chaukat Raja Nandu Marathi [7][12]
1992 Ek Hota Vidushak Chief Minister Marathi
1993 Zapatlela Tatya Vinchu Marathi
1995 Khilona Bana Khalnayak Tatya Bichoo Hindi
Beqabu Behrupiya Raja's Friend Hindi -
1996 Katha Don Ganpatravanchi Ganpatrao Marathi
1997 Sarkarnama Cultural Minister Marathi
1999 Ratra Aarambh Shridhar Phadke Marathi
2002 Encounter: The Killing Ponappa Awadhe Hindi [8]
2003 Chupke Se Megha's father/Income Tax officer Hindi
2004 Aga Bai Arrecha! Shriranga Deshmukh's father Marathi
Pachadlela Inamdar Bhusnale Marathi
2005 Paheli Kanwarlal, Bhanwarlal's brother Hindi
2006 Shiva Chief Minister Telugu
Lage Raho Munna Bhai Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Hindi Won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007 Shankar Dada Zindabad Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Telugu
2008 Sarkar Raj Rao Saab Hindi
C Kkompany Sadashiv Pradhan Hindi
Valu Pandit Marathi
2009 Bokya Satbande Mr. Bhilwandi Marathi Based on book Bokya Satbande written by himself.
Sankat City Ganpat Gajanan Jagirdar Hindi
2010 Jhing Chik Jhing Kavi Marathi
2011 Deool Appa Kulkarni Marathi
Morya Marathi
2012 Shala Appa Marathi
Gola Berij Antu Barva Marathi
2013 Narbachi Wadi Naroba Marathi
Postcard The Old Man Marathi
Ramchandra Purushottam Joshi Ramchandra Purushottam Joshi Marathi
Zapatlela 2 Tatya Vinchu Marathi
2014 Poshterboys Jagan Deshmukh (Appa) Marathi
2015 Slam Book Ajoba Marathi
Nagrik Manikrao Bhosale Marathi
Ganvesh Vinayakrao Deshmukh – Education Minister Marathi
2016 Family Katta Madhukar Sabnis (Bhai) Marathi
2017 Faster Fene Bhaskar Ramachandra Bhagwat Marathi
Zala Bobhata Marathi [13]
Dashakriya Patresavkar Marathi [14]
2018 Pimpal Arvind Marathi [15]
2019 Dithee Santu Marathi [16]


Title Role Language Channel Notes
Chuk Bhul Dyavi Ghyavi Rajabhau Marathi Zee Marathi
Shriyut Gangadhar Tipre Aaba Marathi Zee Marathi [17]
Zopi Gelela Jaga Zala Dinoo Marathi
Kaam Phatte Wadkar Marathi
Chal Navachi Vachal Vasti Ghadyalkaka Marathi
Salsood Bhargav Marathi Doordarshan
Raja Raje Raje Marathi Doordarshan
Chimanrao Gundyabhau Chimanrao Marathi Doordarshan Telecasted in 1977-79 and based on book Chimanrao Charhat written by C. V. Joshi
Gubbare Deshpande Hindi Zee TV


  • Double role as Anna and the mother-in-law in Pradeep Dalvi's farce Vasuchi Sasu.
  • The Old Rajabhau in Chook Bhool Dyavi Ghyavi, a light comedy written by Prabhavalkar.
  • The caring, possessive father in Ratnakar Matkari's drama Jawai Maza Bhala.
  • The senile Nana in Jaywant Dalvi's Sandhyachhaya.
  • The double role of the debonair, flirtatious Raje and a local constable in Prof. Toradmal's Kalam 302 (adaptation of Sleuth).
  • The alcoholic barrister in Ratnakar Matkari's Ghar Tighancha Hava (a play on the life of Tarabai Modak).
  • The nondescript but determined common man in P. L. Deshpande's Ek Zunj Waryashi (an adaptation of The Last Appointment).
  • The father of a disabled son in Jaywant Dalvi's Natigoti.
  • Six characterisations in Hasvaphasvi, a comedy written by Prabhavalkar.
  • A buck-toothed apparently harmless man who in reality is a twisted, evil man in Salsood.
  • A naive, innocent schoolteacher who is assisted by a ghost in Ek Dav Bhutacha.
  • A disabled professor in "Waah Guru".



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