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Dr. Jabbar Patel (born 23 June 1942, Pandharpur) is a Marathi-language theatre and film director of India. His production of the play Vijay Tendulkar's play Ghashiram Kotwal, in 1973 is considered a classic in Modern Indian Theatre.[1]

Jabbar Patel
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Born (1942-06-23) 23 June 1942 (age 77)
OccupationTheatre, film director
Years active1973–present

He is the maker of classics films in Marathi cinema, like, Samna Jait Re Jait (Mohan Agashe, Smita Patil), Umbartha (Smita Patil, Girish Karnad), Simhasan (Nana Patekar, Shreeram Lagoo, Reema Lagoo) Some of his other films are, Mukta, Ek Hota Vidushak, and Musafir(Hindi). His most acclaimed film is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar released in 1999.[2] He won the 1995 Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration for his Marathi film, Mukta.


Born in 1942 in Pandharpur in Maharashtra, having taken primary and secondary education in Haribhai Deokaran Highschool Solapur, he was at first a paediatrician. He founded the Marathi experimental theatre group, 'Theatre Academy', which staged Vijay Tendulkar's Ghashiram Kotwal in 1973, followed by, 'Teen Paishacha Tamasha', an adaptation of Brecht's Threepenny Opera in 1974.[3] He wrote the lyrics of the song 'Raya asa dhondu naka angala' from the film 'Samna'. He has worked on the film based on the life and work of Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.[4]

For Jabbar Patel, tackling a political subject is not something new. Whether it was Umbartha, Jait Re Jait, or Simhasan for the silver screen, or Ghasiram Kotwal for the stage, he has handled political subjects. His recent film is also political based "Yashwantrao Chavan".

Jait Re Jait (1977) is a musical milestone in the history of Indian cinema, and expresses the stories of a forgotten tribe through dance and a total of 19 songs. Next came Simhasan (1981) made in a montage style with 35 characters.Both won National Awards. One of Patel’s most acclaimed works is Umbartha (1981), a film about domestic violence, featuring Smita Patil as the Superintendent of a woman’s reform home who is abused by her husband.[5]



  1. ^ Performance Tradition and Modern Theatre Archived 11 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Resurgence of an icon Babasaheb Ambedkar".
  3. ^ "chaos- magazine". Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Article from Times of India". Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  5. ^ Goenka, Tula (2014). Not Only Bollywood. Om Books International, 2014. ISBN 9789381607176.

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