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Sachin Pilgaonkar (born 17 August 1957),[1] often known by his first name Sachin, is an Indian film and television actor, director, singer and producer.[1]

Sachin Pilgaonkar
Sachin in Sept 2012
Sachin Pilgaonkar

(1957-08-17) 17 August 1957 (age 61)
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Supriya Pilgaonkar
ChildrenShriya Pilgaonkar

Starting as a footballer in the Marathi film, Ha Majha Marg Ekla (1962),[2] he went on to work in around 65 films as a child artist, before switching to adult roles, and being part of films like Geet Gaata Chal (1975),[3][4] Balika Badhu (1976),[5] Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978) and Nadiya Ke Paar (1982)[5] as a lead actor, which were all successful. He has worked in Hindi, Marathi and also in Bhojpuri cinema, and has acted, produced and directed successful comedy shows on Indian television, including Tu Tu Main Main (2000) and Kadvee Khatti Meethi. He also directed several hit Marathi films[6][7] starting with Mai Baap (1982), Navri Mile Navryala (1984), Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi (1988), Amchyasarkhe Aamich (1990) and Navra Mazha Navsacha (2004).[8]


Early lifeEdit

Pilagaonkar was born in Mumbai in a Konkani Brahmin family from Pilagaon, Goa. His father,Sharad Pilgaonkar managed a printing business in Mumbai, but it collapsed from flood and heavy rain and he died shortly thereafter.[citation needed]


Pilgaonkar started his film career as a child artist in the Marathi film, Ha Maza Marg Ekla (transl. This is my own singular path) (1962) at the age of four, for which he won the National Film Award.[2]. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan handed him the award. As a child actor, he first appeared in the Dharmendra-Meena Kumari starrer film Majhli Didi, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and also appeared in prominent films such as Jewel Thief, Chanda Aur Bijli, Brahmachari and Mela. As a child artist, he closely worked with the child actor Junior Mehmood, with whom he first did the Shammi Kapoor-starrer Brahmachari as nine-year-old kids.They did 15 films together as child artists since.[citation needed]

He switched to playing lead roles for a brief time with Rajshri Productions, "Geet Gaata Chal", for which he was cast opposite Sarika.[4] The film's unexpected success made them a lead pair for other films. The pair went on to work in Balika Badhu (1976), College Girl and Rajshri Productions' Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se and Nadiya Ke Paar.

With Trishul, he switched back to supporting roles and was part of successful movies such as Sholay,[9] Avtaar, Sur Sangam and Satte Pe Satta, but as roles dried up he took to direction, making Marathi movies and producing TV serials. He is one of the most well-known Marathi film directors. In 1992, he directed Subhash Ghai's Prem Deewane, and in 1996 directed Aisi Bhi Kya Jaldi Hai.

In 2011 he directed and starred in Jaana Pehchana, which is a sequel to Sachin's earlier film Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se.[10]

Sachin, along with Laxmikant Berde, Ashok Saraf and Mahesh Kothare formed a successful quartet, starring in several hit movies in the Marathi cinema industry in the 1980s and 1990s.[citation needed]


Pilgaonkar turned to Indian Television in the 1990s, when he directed Hindi comedy show Tu Tu Main Main on Hindi National channel Star Plus, which starred his wife Supriya and Reema Lagoo. He also directed a show Rin 1 2 3 on Hindi National channel DD Metro, which used to show parodies on Bollywood movies. He also directed the sitcom, Hudd Kar Di starring Dara Singh, which too initially did well, but later was pulled off. In the meantime, he also anchored Hindi music shows like Chalti Ka Naam Antakshari and various other events and Marathi film award ceremonies. In 2006, he, along with his wife, Supriya, won the Hindi dance Reality Show Nach Baliye,[11] pocketing Rs. 40 lakh {Approx. $100,000}, beating nine other celebrity contestant pairs.[12] In late 2007, he started a new program on Zee Marathi, known as Eka Peksha Ek, which is based on dance, finding hidden talent in all the areas of the state of Maharashtra.

He appeared as a judge of reality comedy talent show, Chhote Miyan (2009) on Colors TV.[13]


Pilgaonkar has also been directing Marathi films since the 1980s. He started directing with Mai Baap (1982) which received critical acclaim, but started tasting commercial success only with 1984's Navri Mile Navryala, which also starred his future wife, Supriya. Further movies like Gammat Jammat and Maza Pati Karodpati cemented his place in the Marathi film industry. Further, he tasted major success in 1988's Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi, which starred himself and the two reigning superstars of Marathi cinema, Ashok Saraf and Laxmikant Berde. The movie was a runaway hit, establishing Sachin as a hitmaker. He then changed track to experimental cinema with the next two films, but returned to comedy with Amchyasarkhe Aamhich, which proved to be yet another hit.[8]

Other pursuitsEdit

In 2017, Pilgaonkar wrote his autobiography during the completion of 50 years of his film career named Hach Maza Marg (हाच माझा मार्ग).[14][15]

In 2018, Pilgaonkar starred in song Amchi Mumbai changing Mumbai,[16] which was widely panned by the fans.[17]


National Film AwardsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Sachin with wife Supriya Pilgaonkar in 2010

He is married to actress Supriya Pilgaonkar[18] (née Sabnis), whom he first directed for his debut Marathi film, Navri mile navryala (1984) and subsequently became successful pair in Marathi cinema. The couple has a daughter, Shriya Pilgaonkar.


As actorEdit

Year Movie Role Language Remark
1962 Ha Maaza Marg Eekla[2] Child Artist Marathi
1965 Dak Ghar as Amal Hindi adaptation of Rabindra Nath Tagore's play
1967 Majhli Didi Hindi
Jewel Thief as Shishu Singh Hindi
1968 Bramhachari Child Artist Hindi
1971 Krishna Leela Child artist / Lead role Hindi Portrayed Lord Krishna
1973 Birbal My Brother Lead role English
1975 Sholay Supporting Actor(Ahmed)[5][9] Hindi
Geet Gaata Chal[4] Hindi
1976 Balika Badhu As Amal Hindi as amal
1978 Trishul Actor (name was Ravi)[5] Hindi As Ravi
College Girl Actor Hindi
Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se Arun Pratap Mathur Hindi
1979 Ashta Vinayak Actor Marathi Hugely successful Marathi film with Vandana Pandit, Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande, directed by Sharad Pilgaonkar[19]
Paaradh Actor Marathi with Nutan, Sarika, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo
Gopaal Krishna Actor Hindi
Aur Kaun Actor Hindi
1980 Judaai Actor Hindi Ravikant S. 'Ravi' Verma
1981 Sweety Actor Hindi
1982 Satte Pe Satta Actor Hindi As Sunny[5]
Nadiya Ke Paar Actor Hindi (Bhojpuri/Awadhi) As Chandan
1983 Avtaar Actor (name was Sewak)[5] Hindi As Sewak
1984 Navri Mile Navryala[20] Actor Marathi
1985 Ghar Dwaar Actor (As an Orphan) Hindi
1987 Gammat Jammat Actor Marathi
Maa Beti Khetan Hindi
1988 Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi Actor Marathi Inspired by Hindi 1966 Movie - Biwi Aur Makaan
Mazha Pati Karodpati Actor Marathi
Ghar Ek Mandir Actor (Sanjay Kumar) Hindi
1989 Abhi To Main Jawan Hoon Actor Hindi Amar
Atmavishwas Actor Marathi
Bhutacha Bhau Actor Marathi Inspired by Hindi 1984 Movie - Gazab
1990 Amchyasarkhe Aamich Actor Marathi
1990 Eka Peksha Ek Actor Marathi
1991 Aayatya Gharat Gharoba Actor Marathi Inspired by the Hindi movie Dil Daulat Duniya, starring Rajesh Khanna & Sadhana
1996 Aisi Bhi Kya Jaldi Hai Actor Hindi
2004 Navra Maza Navsacha Actor Marathi
2008 Aamhi Satpute Actor Marathi
2011 Teecha Bap Tyacha Bap Actor Marathi
Sharyat Actor Marathi
Jaana Pehchana Actor Hindi Sequel for "Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se"
2013 Ekulti Ek Actor Marathi
2014 Sanngto Aika Actor Marathi
2015 Katyar Kaljat Ghusali Actor Marathi
2017 Qaidi Band Actor Hindi
2018 Hichki Actor Hindi Naina's estranged father [21]


Year Title Role Channel Remark
2006 Tu Tota Main Maina Tota DD National
2014 Supriya-Sachin Show Jodi Tujhe Majhi Host Star Pravah
2019 Mayanagari-City of Dreams Hotstar

As directorEdit

  1. Adventure of Alladin
  2. Mai Baap (1982)
  3. Navri Mile Navryala (1984)
  4. Savvasher (1984)
  5. Gammat Jammat (1987)
  6. Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi (1988)
  7. Mazha Pati Karodpati (1988)
  8. Atmavishwas (1989)
  9. Bhutacha Bhau (1989)
  10. Eka Peksha Ek (1990)
  11. Amchyasarkhe Aamich (1990)
  12. Aayatya Gharat Gharoba (1991)
  13. Prem Deewane (1992)
  14. Kunku (1994)
  15. Aazmayish (1995)
  16. Navra Maza Navsacha (2004)
  17. Ekadantha (2007) - Kannada Movie (starring Ramesh Aravind and Vishnuvardhan which was a remake of his Marathi movie Navra Maza Navsacha)
  18. Aamhi Saatpute (2008)
  19. Ideachi Kalpana (2010)
  20. Ekulti Ek (2013) Launched his daughter Shriya Pilgaonkar


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  6. ^ "Staying in step: For actor Sachin and wife Supriya Pilgaonkar, true romance lies in all the little things they share". The Telegraph. 24 December 2005. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
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  8. ^ a b "Midas Touch!". Screen. 18 April 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
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  15. ^ हाच माझा मार्ग
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  17. ^ "Sachin Pilgaokar gets trolled for his song Aamchi Mumbai - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
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  21. ^ "'Hichki' review: The emotionally-packed film will stay with you long after you watch it". The Economic Times. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018.

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