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Nilu Phule (died 13 July 2009) was an Indian actor known for his roles in the Marathi language movies and Marathi theatre. Nilu Phule acted in around 250 Marathi and Hindi movies during his film career.[1] He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and iconic actors to have graced the Marathi Cinema. He was most prominently seen playing the roles of notorious villains in the movies.

Nilu Phule
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Born Nilkanth Krushnaji Phule
1930/1931
Pune, India
Died 13 July 2009 (aged 78)
Pune, India
Occupation Stage/Film Actor
Years active 1968–2009

Phule was also a social worker, and was associated with Rashtra Seva Dal.[2]

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Early lifeEdit

Nilu Phule was born in 1930 in Pune as Nilkanth Krushnaji Phule to the clan of the great social reformer Mahatma Jyotirao Phule. He is considered one of the greatest actors of Marathi stage/films of all time.[3] He was involved in Freedom movement for India. According to his interview in a serial 'Vastraharan' on a Marathi Channel, he was a freedom fighter from Pune.

Phule's first job was that of a gardener at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, aged 17. He used to get a salary of Rs. 80 per month, out of which, he used to donate Rs. 10 to the Rashtriya Seva Dal, a social organization he was involved with.[3] He wanted to pursue his gardening career forward, but due to lack of financial support, he could not start his own plant nursery.[4][5] During this time, at the age of 20, Nilu was inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's writings and went on to write a drama, Udyan. His composing for the drama Yedya Gabalache Kam Nahi during the 1957 Lok Sabha elections garnered him fame.[5]

Acting careerEdit

Nilu Phule began his theatrical career with the Marathi folk performances (loknatya).[3] His first professional drama was Katha Akalecha Kandyachi, which went on to have over 2000 shows. It was based on this success that he was offered his first movie Ek Gaav Baara Bhanagadi, by Anant Mane in 1968.[4]

Nilu often played villains; most notably his portrayal of Sakharam Binder. Some of his notable film roles include: Hindurao Dhonde Patil, a zamindar and a sugar tycoon in Samna (film), a power-drunk politician in Mahesh Bhatt's Saaransh and a political journalist in Jabbar Patel's Sinhasan.[3]

He also played the role of 'Nathu Mama' in the 1983 hit Hindi movie Coolie where he worked with Amitabh Bachchan.

One of Phule's most notable theatrical performances include his role as the eponymous hero of Vijay Tendulkar's Sakharam Binder (first staged in 1972). Kamlakar Sarang, who directed the first production of the play in 1972, was apprehensive of Phule's reticence. However, he was convinced that Phule would be fit for the role, when Vijay Tendulkar reminded him of Phule's aggressive performance as a minister in another play, Katha Aklechya Kandyachi. [3]

He was known for his legendary voice and dialogue delivery. His dialogues in his films remains one of the most popular dialogues across Marathi Film Industry. It is said that his acting in villainous roles in movies was so surreal that women in real life would despise him thinking that he was the same deviant person in real life too, and that was a great compliment to his works.

In May 2013, when Forbes India, the Indian edition of American Business Magazine Forbes, declared 25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema, the list was completed with this legend's name for his performance as Hindurao Dhonde Patil in the film Samna (film).[6]

DeathEdit

Nilu Phule died on 13 July 2009, aged 78, from esophageal cancer. His wife Rajani Phule died in 2011. He is survived by his daughter Gargi Phule Thatte.

AwardsEdit

  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1991), by the President of India
  • Maharashtra State Award for Haat lavin tithe sone (1973)
  • Maharashtra State Award for Saamna (1974)
  • Maharashtra State Award for Choricha Mamla (1975) [5]
  • Jayantrao Tilak Memorial Life Time Achievement Award' given by Kesari Maratha Trust, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth and Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Parishad, Pune chapter.[7]

Plays ActedEdit

  1. Katha Akalecha Kandyachi
  2. Sakharam Binder

Partial filmographyEdit

Year Film Role Film Language
1969 Ek Gaon Bara Bhangadi Marathi
1970 Ganane Ghungroo Haravale Marathi
1972 Harya Narya Zindabad Narya Marathi
1973 Pinjra Marathi
1973 Thapadya Marathi
1974 Samna Hindurao Dhonde Patil Marathi
1975 Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty Hindi
1975 Karava Tasa Bharava Marathi
1975 Varaat Marathi
1977 Jait Re Jait Marathi
1977 Mansa Paris Mendhra Bari Marathi
1977 Naav Motha Lakshan Khota Marathi
1977 Soyrik Marathi
1978 Sarvasakshi Marathi
1978 Padrachya Savlit Marathi
1978 Sasurvasheen Marathi
1979 Do Ladke Dono Kadke Champa's husband Hindi
1979 BHayanak Hindi
1979 Sobati Marathi
1979 Aaitya Bilavar Nagoba Bhujangrao Marathi
1979 Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi Fernandes Hindi
1980 Bhalu Marathi
1980 Satichi Punyaai Marathi
1980 Fataakadi Damu Saavkaar Marathi
1980 Kadaklakshmi Marathi
1980 Sau Din Saas Ke Khubchand (Lalla Ji) Hindi
1980 Sinhasan Digu Tipnis Marathi
1981 Shama Barrister Hindi
1981 Mosambi Narangi Mumbaji alias Suryajirao Marathi
1981 Patalin Marathi
1981 Naram Garam Guruji (Special appearance) Hindi
1982 Galli Te Dilli Marathi
1982 Bhamta[8] Marathi
1982 Bhujang Marathi
1982 Ramnagari Marathi
1983 Coolie Nathu Mama Hindi
1983 Woh Saat Din Maya's maternal grandfather Hindi
1983 Mardani Hindi
1983 Baiko Asavi Ashi Marathi
1983 Zara Si Zindagi Jaggu (Kusum's father) Hindi
1984 Saaransh Gajanan Chitre Hindi
1984 Mashaal Vithal Rao Hindi
1984 Zakhmi Sher Lala (Anandi's father) Hindi
1985 Haqeeqat Rickshaw driver Hindi
1985 Rao Saheb Hindi
1985 Dhagala Lagli Kala Marathi
1985 Gaon Tasa Changla Pan Veshila Tangla Hindurao Marathi
1986 Kaanch Ki Deewar Lakhsmi Singh Hindi
1986 Bijli Niluba - Sonar Marathi
1986 Insaaf Ki Awaaz Balwant Azaad Hindi
1986 Maa Beti Raghunandan Hindi
1987 Hirasat Hindi
1987 Chalta Hai Yaar Hindi
1987 Jaago Hua Savera Hindi
1987 Bhatak Bhavani Landge Saheb Marathi
1987 Mohre Social Worker Hindi
1987 Sutradhar Marathi
1988 Kabzaa Mandar Bhagawat Hindi
1988 Tamacha Jwala Pratap Singh Hindi
1988 Aurat Teri Yehi Kahani Thakur Hindi
1988 Maza Pati Karodpati Laxmikant Kuber Marathi
1988 Saglikade Bombabomb Appasaheb Dharadhar Marathi
1988 Majjach Majja Marathi
1989 Oonch Neech Beech Hindi
1989 Auntyne Wajavli Ghanti Dhanajirao Marathi
1989 Prem Pratigyaa Mohan 'Dadhu' Rao Hindi
1989 Maalmasala Hindi
1990 Disha Dashrath 'Dadji' Mandre Hindi
1991 Pratikaar Hindi
1992 Ek Hota Vidushak Marathi
1992 Dharpakad Dadasaheb Dharpakad Marathi
1992 Zunz Tujhi Majhi Bapujirao 'Nagoji' Nagvekar Marathi
1995 Limited Manuski Jyotshi Archarya Marathi
1997 Pratidaav[9] Marathi
1998 Ghar Bazar Kishan Murari Hindi
2001 Zanzaavat[10] Marathi
2004 Saatchya Aat Gharat Marathi
2007 Kadachit Marathi
2009 Gaav Tasa Chaangla Marathi
2009 Goshta Choti Dongraevadhi Guest Appearance his last film before he died Marathi

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