Sachin Pilgaonkar, often known mononymously by his screen name Sachin, is an Indian actor, director, producer, writer and singer of Marathi and Hindi films. He has directed and acted in several Marathi films of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has received several awards including two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards Marathi.

Sachin Pilgaonkar
Sachin Pilgaonkar in 2018
Sachin Pilgaonkar

(1957-08-17) 17 August 1957 (age 66)
Years active1962–present
(m. 1985)
ChildrenShriya Pilgaonkar

Starting as a child in the Marathi film industry, Ha Majha Marg Ekla (1962), he went on to work in around 65 films as a child artist, before switching to adult roles, and being part of highly successful films like Geet Gaata Chal (1975), Balika Badhu (1976),[1] Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978) and Nadiya Ke Paar (1982)[1] as a lead actor and he became a household name in India. He has worked in Hindi, Marathi and also in Kannada cinema and 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 starting with Mai Baap (1982), Navri Mile Navryala (1984) was the biggest box office hit. Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi (1988) and Aamchya Sarkhe Aamhich (1990) were superhit at the box office. Navra Mazha Navsacha (2004) were hits as well. In 2007 Sachin also made his debut in the Kannada film industry in the film Ekadantha which was a remake of his own movie Navra Mazha Navsacha, with Kannada star Vishnuvardhan.

Early and personal life

Sachin with wife Supriya Pilgaonkar in 2010

Sachin was born in Mumbai in a Saraswat Brahmin family from Pilagaon, Goa. His father Sharad Pilgaonkar was a film producer, and also managed a printing business in Mumbai.[2][3][4]

He is married to actress Supriya Pilgaonkar[5] (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.[6] 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,[7] and also appeared in prominent films such as Jewel Thief, Chanda Aur Bijli, Brahmachari and Mela. He worked closely with the then fellow child actor, Naeem Sayyed (better known as Junior Mehmood), with whom he first acted in the Shammi Kapoor-starrer Brahmachari at the age of eight. They did 15 films together as child artists.[2]

He switched to playing lead roles for a brief time with Rajshri Productions' Geet Gaata Chal, for which he was cast opposite Sarika.[8] The film's unexpected success made them a lead pair for other films. The pair went on to work in Zid, College Girl, Rajshri Productions and Nadiya Ke Paar.[9]

With Trishul, he switched back to supporting roles and was part of successful movies such as Sholay,[10] Avtaar, Sur Sangam and Satte Pe Satta,[9] 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 blockbuster film Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se.[11]

He acted in the 2015 film Katyar Kaljat Ghusli based on the play of the same name,[12] 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.[7] He also credits Sanjeev Kumar for helping him with the practicing of difficult scenes and Hrishikesh Mukherjee for teaching him to edit films.[9]

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.[13]



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 the Hindi National channel DD Metro, which used to show parodies of Bollywood movies. He also directed the sitcom, Hadh 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 on Star Plus 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,[14] pocketing Rs. 4 million {Approx. $100,000}, beating nine other celebrity contestant pairs.[15] 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 the reality comedy talent show, Chhote Miyan (2009) on Colors TV.[16]



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 Pilgaonkar. Further films like Gammat Jammat (1987) and Maza Pati Karodpati (1988) 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 the experimental cinema with the next two films but returned to comedy with Aamchya Sarkhe Aamhich (1990) which proved to be yet another super hit. He directed Berde's son Abhinay Berde in the 2018 film Ashi Hi Aashiqui, produced by Supriya Pilgaonkar.

Other pursuits


In 2017, Sachin wrote his autobiography during the completion of 50 years of his film career titled Hach Maza Marg.[2][17] 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.[18]

In 2018, Sachin starred in the song Amchi Mumbai Changali Mumbai,[19] which was widely panned by his fans.[20]



for the film Ashtavinayak [citation needed]

1988 won maharastra state awards for best singer for the song hi duniya mayajal from ashi hi banwabanwi 1990 won Maharashtra state award for best singer for the song ye jiwlaga from eka peksha ek movie.



As actor



Year Movie Role Language Notes
1962 Ha Maaza Marg Eekla[6]  – Marathi Child artist
1965 Dak Ghar Amal Hindi Adaptation of Rabindra Nath Tagore's play
1967 Majhli Didi Kishan Hindi
Jewel Thief Shishu Singh Hindi
1968 Brahmachari Hindi
1969 Chanda Aur Bijli Chanda Hindi
1970 Bachpan Ram Hindi
1971 Mela[21] Young Shakti Hindi
1971 Krishna Leela Lord Krishna Hindi
1973 Birbal My Brother English
1975 Sholay Ahmed[1][10] Hindi
Geet Gaata Chal[8] Shyam Hindi
1976 Balika Badhu Amal Hindi
1977 Paaradh[22] Sunil Marathi
1978 Trishul Ravi[1] Hindi
College Girl Sachin Hindi
Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se Arun Prakash Mathur Hindi
Adventures of Aladdin Aladdin Hindi
1979 Ashtavinayak[23] Balasaheb Inamdar Marathi won best actor Filmfare award [24]
Gopaal Krishna Krishna Hindi
Aur Kaun Raj Hindi
1980 Judaai Ravikant S. 'Ravi' Verma Hindi
1981 Sweety Actor Hindi
1981 Krodhi Raja Hindi
1982 Satte Pe Satta Shani "Sunny" Anand[1] Hindi
Nadiya Ke Paar Chandan Tiwari Hindi (Bhojpuri/Awadhi)
1983 Avtaar Sewak[1] Hindi
1984 Navri Mile Navryala Jairam Marathi
1985 Ghar Dwaar an Orphan Hindi
Sur Sangam Kanneshwar (Kannu) Hindi
Tulsi Gopal Hindi
1987 Gammat Jammat Gautam Marathi
Maa Beti Khetan Hindi
1988 Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi Sudhir alias Sudha Marathi
Maza Pati Karodpati Narendra Kuber Marathi
Ghar Ek Mandir Sanjay Kumar Hindi
1989 Abhi To Main Jawan Hoon Amar Hindi
Atmavishwas Rajendra Ratnaparkhi alias Raju Marathi
Bhutacha Bhau Nandu (Nandkumar) Marathi
1990 Aamchya Sarkhe Aamhich Kailash / Abhay Inamdar (dual role) Marathi
1990 Eka Peksha Ek Bhanudas Mahimkar Marathi
1991 Aayatya Gharat Gharoba Kedar Kirtikar Marathi Also director
1996 Aisi Bhi Kya Jaldi Hai Mr. Sanjay Malhotra Hindi
2004 Navra Maza Navsacha Vakratund alias Vacky Marathi
2008 Amhi Satpute Mukunda Satpute alias Kaandya Marathi
2010 Ideachi Kalpana Gangaram Gangavane Marathi
2011 Sharyat Dhananjay Rao Marathi
2011 Jaana Pehchana Arun Prakash Mathur Hindi
2013 Ekulti Ek[25] Arun Deshpande Marathi
2014 Sanngto Aika Ambatrao Gholap Marathi
2015 Katyar Kaljat Ghusali Khansaheb Aftab Hussain Bareliwale Marathi won best actor Filmfare award 2017 Qaidi Band Dhulia Hindi
2018 Hichki Prabhakar Mathur (Naina's father) Hindi [26]
2018 Ranangan Shyamrao Deshmukh Marathi
2018 Sohala Girish Marathi
2019 Ashi Hi Aashiqui Drunkard in a song (uncredited) Marathi Also director
Love You Zindagi Anirudh Date Marathi
2021 Waaras[27][28][29] Unknown Marathi


Year Title Role Remark
2000 Pratishodh SAB TV
Picnic Antakshari Himself
2005 Khelo Gaao Jeeto Himself DD National
2006 Tu Tota Main Maina Tota DD National
2014 Supriya-Sachin Show Jodi Tujhe Majhi Host
2018 Bigg Boss Marathi 1 Guest
2019 Mayanagari-City of Dreams Jagdish Gaurav
2020 India's Best Dancer Guest

As director

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
Aamchya Sarkhe Aamhich
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
2019 Ashi Hi Aashiqui Marathi


  1. Ek Do Teen Gane Jane Mane
  2. Tu Tu Main Main
  3. Hudd Kar Di
  4. Tu Tota Main Maina
  5. Gilli Danda


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