Sachin (actor)

  (Redirected from Sachin Pilgaonkar)

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 2012
Sachin Pilgaonkar

(1957-08-17) 17 August 1957 (age 62)
OccupationActor, director, producers, writer, singer.
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Supriya Pilgaonkar
ChildrenShriya Pilgaonkar

Starting as a child 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 and personal lifeEdit

Sachin was born in Mumbai in a family from Pilagaon, Goa. His father Sharad Pilgaonkar managed a printing business in Mumbai.[9]

Sachin with wife Supriya Pilgaonkar in 2010

He is married to actress Supriya Pilgaonkar[6] (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.



Pilgaonkar started his film career as a child artist. He was to act in Madhavrao Shinde's 1961 film Soonbai, but the plans did not work out. He was then chosen for Raja Paranjape's 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 Award.[2] Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan handed him the award. As a child actor, he first appeared in the Dharmendra-Meena Kumari starrer Majhli Didi, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee,[10] and also appeared in prominent films such as Jewel Thief, Chanda Aur Bijli, Brahmachari and Mela. He worked closely with the child actor Naeem Sayyed (known better as Junior Mehmood), with whom he first acted in the Shammi Kapoor-starrer Brahmachari at the age of nine. They did 15 films together as child artists.[9]

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' and Nadiya Ke Paar.[11]

With Trishul, he switched back to supporting roles and was part of successful movies such as Sholay,[12] Avtaar, Sur Sangam and Satte Pe Satta,[11] but as the demand for roles reduced 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.[13]

He acted in the 2017 film Katyar Kaljat Ghusli based on the play of the same name,[14] playing Khasaheb Aftab Hussain. The role required him to speak in only Urdu, with which he was comfortable thanks to his training in the language by Meena Kumari in 1966 while together working on the film Majhli Didi.[10] He also credits Sanjeev Kumar for helping him with the practicing of difficult scenes and Hrishikesh Mukherjee for teaching him to edit films.[11]

Sachin, along with Laxmikant Berde, Ashok Saraf and Mahesh Kothare formed a successful quartet, starring in several hit movies in Marathi cinema 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,[15] pocketing Rs. 4 million {Approx. $100,000}, beating nine other celebrity contestant pairs.[16] 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.[17]


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] He directed Berde's son Abinay Berde in the 2018 film Ashi Hi Ashiqui, produced by his wife Supriya.[18]

Other pursuitsEdit

In 2017, Pilgaonkar wrote his autobiography during the completion of 50 years of his film career titled Hach Maza Marg.[9][19] For noted director Govind Nihalani's directorial debut in Marathi with the 2017 film Ti Ani Titar, Sachin wrote a ghazal titled "Badal jo ghir ke aaye" under the pseudonym of Shafaq.[20]

In 2018, Pilgaonkar starred in the song Amchi Mumbai Changing Mumbai,[21] which was widely panned by the fans.[22]



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[5][12] Hindi Ahmed
Geet Gaata Chal[4] Hindi
1976 Balika Badhu Actor Hindi as amal
1977 Paaradh[23] Actor Marathi with Nutan, Sarika, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo
1978 Trishul Actor[5] Hindi As Ravi
College Girl Actor Hindi
Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se Actor Hindi As Arun Pratap Mathur
Adventures of Aladdin Actor Hindi
1979 Ashta Vinayak[24] Actor Marathi Hugely successful Marathi film with Vandana Pandit, Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande, directed by Sharad Pilgaonkar[25]
Gopaal Krishna Actor Hindi
Aur Kaun Actor Hindi
1980 Judaai Actor Hindi Ravikant S. 'Ravi' Verma
1981 Sweety Actor Hindi
1981 Krodhi Actor Hindi As Raja
1982 Satte Pe Satta Actor Hindi As Sunny[5]
Nadiya Ke Paar Actor Hindi (Bhojpuri/Awadhi) As Chandan
1983 Avtaar Actor[5] Hindi As Sewak
1984 Navri Mile Navryala[26] Actor Marathi
1985 Ghar Dwaar Actor Hindi As an Orphan
Sur Sangham Hindi
Tulsi Actor Hindi As Gopal
1987 Gammat Jammat Actor Marathi
Maa Beti Khetan Hindi
1988 Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi Actor Marathi Inspired by Hindi 1966 Movie – Biwi Aur Makaan
Maza Pati Karodpati Actor Marathi
Ghar Ek Mandir Actor (Sanjay Kumar) Hindi not to be confused with Ghar Ek Mandir (1984 film)
1989 Abhi To Main Jawan Hoon Actor Hindi Amar
Atmavishwas Actor Marathi
Bhutacha Bhau Actor Marathi Inspired by Hindi 1984 Movie – Gazab
1990 Amchyasarkhe Amich[27] Actor Marathi
1990 Eka Peksha Ek Actor Marathi
1991 Aayatya Gharat Gharoba[28] 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 Amhi Satpute Actor Marathi
2010–2011 Ideachi Kalpana Actor Marathi
Sharyat Actor Marathi
Jaana Pehchana Actor Hindi Sequel for "Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se"
2013 Ekulti Ek[29] Actor Marathi with his daughter Shriya Pilgaonkar
2014 Sanngto Aika Actor Marathi
2015 Katyar Kaljat Ghusali Actor Marathi
2017 Qaidi Band Actor Hindi
2018 Hichki Actor Hindi Naina's estranged father[30]
2018 Ranangan Actor Marathi
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

Year Title Language
1982 Mai Baap Hindi
1984 Navri Mile Navryala Marathi
Savvasher Marathi
1987 Gammat Jammat Marathi
1988 Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi Marathi
Maza Pati Karodpati
1989 Atmavishwas Marathi
Bhutacha Bhau
1990 Eka Peksha Ek Marathi
Amchyasarkhe Aamich
1991 Aayatya Gharat Gharoba Marathi
1992 Prem Deewane Hindi
1994 Kunku Marathi
1995 Aazmayish Hindi
1996 Aisi Bhi Kya Jaldi Hai Hindi
2004 Navra Maza Navsacha Marathi
2007 Ekadantha Kannada
2008 Amhi Saatpute Marathi
2010 Ideachi Kalpana Marathi
2011 Jaana Pehchana Hindi
2013 Ekulti Ek Marathi
  1. Ek do teen gane jane maane
  2. Tu Tu Main Main
  3. Hudd Kar Di
  4. Gilli Danda


  1. ^ a b Sanjit Narwekar (1994). Directory of Indian film-makers and films. Flicks Books. ISBN 9780948911408. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c The People's Raj. 1964. p. 74. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  3. ^ Osian's (Firm); Neville Tuli (2002). A historical mela: the ABC of India : the art, book & cinema. Osian's. ISBN 978-1-890206-49-9. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Nilu N. Gavankar (July 2011). The Desai Trio and The Movie Industry of India. AuthorHouse. pp. 198–. ISBN 978-1-4634-1941-7. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Shortlived stardom". The Tribune. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  6. ^ a b "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.
  7. ^ "A new innings". The Hindu. 30 October 2006. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Midas Touch!". Screen India. 18 April 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d "Sachin Pilgaonkar releases autobiography 'Hach Maza Marg' as he completes 50 years in film industry". DNA India. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  10. ^ a b Pawar, Yogesh (2 October 2015). "Meena Kumari aapa must be so proud of her shagird: Sachin Pilgaonkar". DNA India. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  11. ^ a b c Pawar, Yogesh (22 September 2013). "Sachin Pilgaonkar hits a half-century". DNA India. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  12. ^ a b Anupama Chopra (1 December 2000). Sholay: The Making of a Classic. Penguin Books India. ISBN 978-0-14-029970-0. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Jaana Pehchana Movie: Review, Songs, Images, Trailer, Videos Photos, Box Office, Release Date". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  14. ^ Sen, Debarati (13 January 2017). "Meena Kumari trained me in Urdu". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  15. ^ India Today. Thomson Living Media India Limited. 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  16. ^ Limca Book of Records. Bisleri Beverages Limited. 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  17. ^ "Three new weekend shows on Colors". The Times of India. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  18. ^ Deshmukh, Ashwini (8 March 2018). "Sachin Pilgaonkar to direct Laxmikant Berde's son". Filmfare. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  19. ^ Tillu, Rohan (5 July 2012). "सचिन पिळगावकर लिहितोय आत्मचरित्र". Loksatta. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  20. ^ "Sachin Pilgaonkar turns ghazal writer for Nihalani". The Times of India. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  21. ^ Shemaroo Bollygoogly (16 August 2018), Official : Amchi Mumbai -The Mumbai Anthem | Sachin Pilgaonkar | Mohd.Aqil Ansari | S. Mannat Film's, retrieved 5 June 2019
  22. ^ "Sachin Pilgaokar gets trolled for his song Aamchi Mumbai". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Paradh (1977) - Review, Star Cast, News, Photos". Cinestaan. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  24. ^ "Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Marathi films that captured the true essence of Ganesh Chaturthi". The Times of India. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  25. ^ The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who. 1983. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  26. ^ Daniel Krasa (December 2007). Lehrbuch des Marathi. Buske Verlag. pp. 203–. ISBN 978-3-87548-434-2. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  27. ^ "Amchya Sarkhe Amhich (1990) – Cast and Crew". Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  28. ^ Editorial, M. M. W. (20 April 2005). "Aayatya Gharat Gharoba ( आयत्या घरात घरोबा )". Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  29. ^ Panchal, Chetana Gavkhadkar (24 May 2013). "'Ekulti Ek' turns too emotional". Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  30. ^ "'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.

External linksEdit