Keshavrao Date

Keshavrao Date (1889–1971) was an Indian film actor, who worked in both silent and sound movies. He tried to run his own drama company but found it difficult to perform the dual roles of manager and actor.

Keshavrao Date
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Keshavrao Date, Raja Nene and Shanta Apte in Duniya Na Mane (Kunku, 1937)
Born28 September 1889
Adivare, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India
Died13 September 1971
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActor, director
Years active1934–1964


His role in the drama Andhalyanchi Shala ("The Blinds' School", 1933) won him rave reviews, subsequently he became a star, and also joined the Prabhat Film Company.[1]

After the advent of talkies, he tried his hand at that medium as well, though live theatre remained his chief love. His acting in the Marathi film Kunku (1937) set a standard which has rarely been approached since on the silver screen.[2] He followed it with another sterling performance in Prabhat Film Company's Shejari (1941). Later he performed character roles in films made in Mumbai, where he lived. He also acted in V. Shantaram's Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946), Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje (1955), Navrang (1959) and Geet Gaya Patharon Ne (1964).[3]

Keshavrao directed four films, Kisise Na Kehna (1942), Andhon Ki Duniya (1947),[4] and Maali or Mali in Hindi (1944) and it's Marathi version Bhakticha Mala (1944). Maali and Bhakticha Mala (1944) were Date's the second and third of his directorial ventures, and were produced by V. Shantaram under his new banner Rajkamal Kalamandir.[5]


As ActorEdit

As DirectorEdit

  • Kisise Na Kehna (1942)
  • Andhon Ki Duniya (1947)
  • Maali (1944) in Hindi
  • Bhakticha Mala (1944) Marathi version of Maali


  1. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Taylor & Francis. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-1-135-94325-7.
  2. ^ "Films of Prabhat Film Company: Kunku". Prabhat Film Company. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  3. ^ Karmalkar, Deepa (16 September 2010). "Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946) - The Hindu". Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Keshavrao Date". Muvyz, Inc. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  5. ^ "History Of Marathi Cinema In Mumbai And The Marketing Strategies Adopted" (PDF). Shodhganga. Retrieved 21 February 2015.

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