Dinesh Thakur (1947 – 20 September 2012) was a noted Indian theatre director, actor in theatre, television and Hindi film, where most notably he appeared as one of the leads in Rajnigandha 1974 and directed by Basu Chatterjee, which won both Filmfare Best Movie Award and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie. Dinesh Thakur was born in 1947 in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. He was the founder-director of ANK productions, a Mumbai-based theatre company, established in 1976.
|Died||20 September 2012|
|Alma mater||kirori Mal College|
|Occupation||theatre director, actor|
|Known for||Ank Theatre Company|
|Website||Ank Theatre Group|
Though he mainly appeared as character roles in Hindi films, as a screenwriter and story writer, he is known for writing the story and screenplay of Ghar (1978), which won him the 1979 Filmfare Best Story Award.
He died on 20 September 2012 due to kidney failure.
He made his film debut in 1971, with Mere Apne, written and directed by Gulzar, and followed it up with Basu Bhattacharya's Anubhav (1971) and later in Griha Pravesh (1979). 1974 saw him appearing in Basu Chatterjee's landmark in middle cinema, Rajnigandha (1974), alongside Amol Palekar and Vidya Sinha, which won the Filmfare Best Film Award, and went on appear in several films with both the directors in the coming years.
- Mere Apne (1971)
- Anubhav (1971)
- Jalte Badan (1973)
- Rajnigandha (10 Sep 1974) ... Naveen Ad Filmmaker
- Parinay (1974)
- Faslah (1974)
- Kalicharan (1976)
- Karm (1977)
- Madhu Malti (1978)
- Ghar (1978)
- Naiyya (1979)
- Meera (1979) ... Jaimal Rathod
- Griha Pravesh (1979)
- Khwab (1980)
- The Burning Train (1980) - Ticket Checker (TC)
- La nouvelle malle des Indes (1981) TV mini-series
- Sitara (1980)
- Agni Pareeksha (1981)
- Baghavat (1982)
- Aamne Samne (1982)
- Manju (1983)
- Aaj Ki Awaz (1984)
- Sanjhi (1985)
- Ulta Seedha (1985)
- Surkhiyaan 1985)
- Palay Khan (1986)
- Raj Dulari (1988)
- Aakhri Baazi (1989)
- Panchvati (1990)
- Hum Se Na Takrana (1990)
- Zakhmi Rooh (1993)
- Geetanjali (1993)
- Shanti (1994) TV series
- Aakhri Sanghursh (1997)
- Fiza (2000)
- Nyaay TV series (2000-2001)
- Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi TV series (2000)
- Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya (2003)
- Nigehbaan: The Third Eye (2005)
- Hai Mera Dil, adaption of Broadway play by Norman Barasch and Carroll Moore, also made into 1964 American comedy film, Send Me No Flowers with starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall.
- Jin Lahore Nai Dekhya, Asghar Wajahat
- Tughlaq, Girish Karnad, (translated into Hindustani by B.V. Karanth
- Baki Itihas and Pagla Ghora, by Badal Sircar
- Suno Janmejaya by Shri Ranga
- Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu Ki, Vijay Tendulkar
- Khamosh! Adalat Jaari Hai, Vijay Tendulkar
- Kamala, Vijay Tendulkar
- Adhe Adhure, Mohan Rakesh
- Rakt-Beej, Shankar Shesh
- Mahabhoj, Manu Bhandari
- Atamkatha, Mahesh Elkunchwar
- Gaganbhedi, Vasant Kanetkar
- Hangamakhez, Agha Hashra Kashmiri
- Sheh Ye Maat, B.M. Shah 
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- "TV is, for me, the mega-festival of ignorance". The Tribune. 21 May 2000.
- "Actor-director Dinesh Thakur passes away". The Times Of India. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- Ghosh, Abantika (22 June 2006). "All the world's a stage at DU". The Times of India.
- "Prithvi, pioneer in theatre". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 7 November 2003.
- "1000 shows, and still going strong: V. Gangadhar on Dinesh Thakur's record-breaking play Hai Mera Dil". The Tribune. 10 April 2005.