Sadashiv Dattaray Amrapurkar (11 May 1950 – 3 November 2014) was an Indian actor, best known for his performances in Marathi and Hindi films from 1983 to 2013.[2] He acted in more than 300 movies in Hindi, Marathi, and other regional languages. Amrapurkar played a negative role against Dharmendra in Anil Sharma's first successful movie Hukumat in 1987.

Sadashiv Amrapurkar
Monochrome portrait of Amrapurkar
Sadashiv Dattaray Amrapurkar

(1950-05-11)11 May 1950 [1]
Died3 November 2014(2014-11-03) (aged 64)
Years active1979–2014
Sunanda Amrapurkar
(m. 1973)
AwardsFilmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actor in Ardh Satya (1983)
Best Villain for Sadak (1991)

He received the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role in 1991 for Sadak — the first time the award was instituted. In 1993, he won the Filmfare Award for best actor in a villainous role, when the award was instituted. In 1993, Amrapurkar also played a comic hero, Inspector Pyare Mohan, in Aankhen. In addition to negative roles, he played supporting roles and later, comic roles.

Early life


Amrapurkar was born as Ganesh Kumar Narwode (or Nalawade) on 11 May 1950, in Amrapur village of Shevgaon tehsil, Ahmadnagar district in Maharashtra.[1][3]

Amrapurkar began acting during his school days. While completing his master's degree in history at Pune University, he was involved in theatre.



Amrapurkar started his career as an actor in Marathi theatre, eventually acting and directing nearly fifty plays, before transitioning to films. He made his film debut with the role of Bal Gangadhar Tilak on 22 June 1987, a Marathi historical film directed by Jayoo Patwardhan and Nachiket Patwardhan.[4]

He won a number of awards in theatre and film. His first film was Govind Nihalani's Ardh Satya (1983), for which he won a Filmfare Award. He has acted in more than 300 movies in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya, Haryanvi, Telugu and Tamil. In 1993, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a villainous role, the first time this award was instituted.[citation needed]

In 1981–82, Amarapurkar acted in a Marathi stage play, Hands-Up!, alongside stage actors Avinash Masurekar and Bhakti Barve-Inamdar. This play was successful and Amrapurkar was noticed by director Govind Nihalani, who was searching for an actor to play the central negative character in his movie Ardh Satya. The movie went on to be a hit and Amrapurkar's acting was appreciated. His style of dialogue delivery was considered unique as compared to the popular Hindi movie villains in those days. Amrapurkar won a Filmfare Award for his performance in the film.[citation needed]

After Ardh Satya, Amarapurkar starred in Purana Mandir, Nasoor, Muddat, Jawaani and Khamosh. In 1986, he starred as the villain in the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Aakhree Raasta. In 1987, he starred as the main villain in the Dharmendra-starrer Hukumat, which went on to be a blockbuster that grossed even more than Mr. India. From 1988 he increasingly appeared in villainous roles in films such as Mohre, Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988 film), Kaal Chakra, Eeshwar, Elaan-E-Jung, Farishtay, Veeru Dada, Naaka Bandi and Begunaah.[citation needed]

In the mid-1990s he migrated towards supporting roles and comic roles such as in Aankhen, Ishq, Coolie No. 1, Gupt: The Hidden Truth, Aunty No. 1, Jai Hind, Master and Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United. He played the role of Dr. Khanna in the 1996 film Chhote Sarkar. He did a number of stunning roles in Marathi films such as Kadachit, Vaastupurush, Doghi, Savarkhed ek Gaav and Ara Ara Aaba Ata tari Thamba. His last Hindi screen role was a cameo in the short film by Dibakar Banerjee, Bombay Talkies (2012).[4]

He did a cameo in the Waheeda Rehman-starrer Swayam in 1991. He played the role of a tough, upright cop who reprimands his children for leaving an elderly widow to fend for herself on the streets. The film touched on the problems old people face with the breakdown of the joint family system. It was a subject close to Amrapurkar's heart and he did the role for free.[5]

Amrapurkar was a philanthropist, and social activist, and was engaged in a number of social organizations such as Samajik Krutadnyata Nidhi, Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti, Snehalaya, Lokshahi Prabodhan Vyaspeeth, Ahmednagar Aitihasik Vastu Sangrahalaya, and many others. He always had a soft spot for the rural youth and strove for their development.[6]

In March 2013, he protested water waste during the Holi festival near his residence in Mumbai.[7]

Amrapurkar also lent his support to the Anna Hazare movement in 2011 and was active in engaging citizens during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections by holding several discussions to make voters aware of their rights.[citation needed]



He was a philanthropist, social activist, and civically engaged in a number of social organizations including:

  • Maharashtra Samajik Krutadnyata Nidhi: He worked with Narendra Dabholkar, Baba Adhav, and Shreeram Lagoo to raise Rs.50 Lakhs through the enactment of the play Lagnachi Bedi in Maharashtra and Goa. This was a fund created to support the social workers who toiled for the betterment of society without asking for anything in return.[8]
  • Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti: He was a trustee and an active participant in the Committee for Eradication of Blind Faith.
  • Snehalaya, Ahmednagar: He was a trustee for this organization striving for betterment of marginalized women such as prostitutes and their children affected by HIV/AIDS.[9]
  • Narmada Bachao Andolan: He worked alongside Medha Patkar for the re-establishment of people displaced by the building of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the banks of the river Narmada.[10]
  • Lokshahi Prabodhan Vyaspeeth: A non-political, non-denominational platform to create awareness about voter rights and democracy among the common masses. He held talks and forums to create awareness.
  • Ahmednagar Aitihasik Vastu Sangrahalaya He raised funds for the Museum of Historical Artifacts of Ahmednagar,
  • He supported non-profit organizations including the Institute for Psychological Health, Thane; Muktangan Rehabilitation Center, and Pune, through fundraising and mental health awareness.
  • He collaborated with the Institute for Psychological Health in Thane to organize VEDH (Vocational Education – Direction and Harmony), a conference for school children, parents and teachers about the latest career options in Ahmednagar, once a year, for a decade.
  • An ardent reader and a patron of Marathi and Hindi books, he wrote a number of articles on social issues in newspapers and magazines and published books, like Kimayagaar (a play about the life of Helen Keller) and Abhinayaache Saha Path ("Six Lessons in Acting").

After he died in his memory, Ahmednagar's Think Global Foundation started giving the Late Sadashiv Amarapurkar Award which has become very popular in a short span. Kiran Kale, president of Think Global Foundation conceptualized this initiative. In 2016, the Marathi writer and IT expert Achyut Godbole and social worker and writer Deepa Deshmukh were honored with this award. In 2017, the playback singer Suresh Wadkar was honored with this award by the auspicious hands of the veteran actor Vikram Gokhale.

Illness and death


Amrapurkar developed a lung inflammation in October 2014, which resulted in hospitalisation at Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, where his condition became critical.[11] He died on 3 November 2014, at the age of 64.[12][13]



Selected plays he directed and acted in:

  • Pai, Pai an Pai (one-act play, director, actor)
  • Bandu, Baby ani Burkha (one-act play, director, actor)
  • Jawai Maza Bhala (one-act play, director, actor)
  • Bhatala dili Osri (actor)
  • Kaka Kishacha (actor)
  • Karaila gelo Ek (actor)
  • Brahmacha Bhopla (actor)
  • Kahi Swapna Vikaichi Aahet (actor, director)
  • Yatrik (director, actor)
  • Hawa Andhara Kavadsa (actor, director)
  • Chhinna (director, actor)
  • Chhoo Mantar (actor, director)
  • Vitthala (director)
  • Me Kumar (director)
  • Suryachi Pillay (actor)
  • Hands Up (actor)
  • Kanyadaan (actor, director)
  • Nishpap (director)
  • Lagnachi Bedi (actor)
  • Akasmat (director, actor)
  • Ti Phulrani (actor)
  • Jyacha Tyacha Vithoba (director, actor)

He directed some well-known artists like Shanta Jog, Smita Patil, Shreeram Lagoo, Bhakti Barve, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Neena Kulkarni, and Suhas Joshi.

Selected TV series

Playback singer

  • Hou De Jarasa Ushir (2013)
  • Agnikaal (1990)

Books written by him 1. Kimayaagaar (play based on the life of Helen Keller) 2. Abhinayache Saha Paath

Selected filmography

Film roles of Sadashiv Amrapurkar
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Ardh Satya Rama Shetty Won - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
1984 Jawaani Joe
Maan Maryada Bhawani Singh
Purana Mandir Durjan,Watchman
1985 Vivek
Aghaat V P Sarnaik
Nasoor RaoSaheb Mohite
Teri Meherbaniyan Sardari
Aar Paar
1986 Khamosh Chandran
Aakhree Raasta Minister Chaturvedi
Muddat Bharati Father
1987 Mohre Badrinath Chawla (Badri/Vasu Mudaliyar)
Hukumat Mangal Singh,Deenbandhu Dinanath (DBDN)
Majaal Driver Shyamu
Kaal Chakra Police Inspector Waman Rao
1988 Khatron Ke Khiladi Balbir
Zulm Ko Jala Doonga Police Inspector Mangesh Gandhi
Paap Ko Jalaa Kar Raakh Kar Doonga Swami Parmanand
Maar Dhaad Babulal/Dr. D'Cruz
Bijlee Aur Toofan[15]
1989 Nache Nagin Gali Gali
Dana Paani Kutti
Sachché Ká Bol-Bálá Police Inspector Nadkarni
Kasam Suhaag Ki Inspector Sharma
Eeshwar Tolaram
Kahan Hai Kanoon Dharmatma
Asmaan Se Ooncha
Aakhri Baazi Shaakal
Elaan-E-Jung Durjan,Kaalia Naag
Gola Barood Davar
Desh Ke Dushman Rakka/Rakesh Verma
Lashkar Inspector More
Apna Desh Paraye Log
1990 Meri Lalkaar
Nakaa Bandi Kaalia
Taqdeer Ka Tamasha Sheshnaag
Dushman Kaalicharan
Veeru Dada Gul Anand
Doodh Ka Karz Bhairav Singh
Agneekaal Gulabchand Jhakotia
Awaragardi Shakti Raj
Kaafila Minister Thakur
1991 Baat Hai Pyaar Ki Gautam
Begunaah Rajan Dada
Farishtay Raja Jaichand
Dushman Devta Raja
Izzat Thakur
Inspector Dhanush Nageshswar Chaudhary/Rao
Hafta Bandh Firangi Paisewala
Shiv Ram Baburao Bheja
Indrajeet DSP ShyamSunder
Rupaye Dus Karod Lawyer Jamuna Das
Swarg Jaisaa Ghar Sharmaji
Sadak Maharani Won - Filmfare Award for Best Villain
1992 Basanti Tangewali
Jai Kaali Mukadam Summba
Police Officer Badri Prasad
Kisme Kitna hai Dum Thakur Bhanupratap Singh
Police Aur Mujrim Dharampal
Sone Ki Lanka Kamal Rai
Jeena Marna Tere Sang MLA Dayanand Khurana
Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi Thakur Jaswantkumar
Khule-Aam Champaklal
Pyaar Ka Saudagar Sadhuram
1993 Bomb Blast MLA Sada Khare
Aakanksha Politician Nahar Singh
Aaj Kie Aurat Home Minister Anna Patil
Aankhen Inspector Pyaremohan
Hasti Builder Narang
Andha Intequam Police Inspector Shiva
Meherbaan Chaurangilal
Khoon Ka Sindoor Munna Kasai
Aag Ka Toofan
Hum Hain Kamaal Ke Police Inspector Godbole
Kohra Jakarto/CBI Office Neelkanth Sahai
Rani Aur Maharani Police Constable Dildar Singh
Anaam Inspector Angre
Tadipaar Maharani Dream Sequence Special Appearance in beginning of film
1994 Do Fantoosh Shetty
Pathreela Raasta Ramakant Waghmare
Insaniyat Deshpande
Janam Se Pehle Judge Vishwanath Mahajan
Chauraha Kalinath/Badrinath
Mohra Police Commissioner Kamdev Kulkarni
Janta Ki Adalat Minister Ranjit Khurana
Aag Bholaram
Teesra Kaun Police Inspector Aditya Talwar
1995 Faisla Main Karungi Inspector Shinde
Duniyaa Jhukti Hai Judge/Underworld Don Ranjeet
The Don Minister Parshuram
God and Gun Satya Singh
Bewafa Sanam John
Sabse Bada Khiladi Amar Singh Choudhary
Coolie No. 1 Shaadiram Gharjode
Oh Darling Yeh Hai India Bidder
Yaraana Beggar Mungerilal Special appearance
Sanam Harjai Advocate KK Verma
1996 Hasina Aur Nagina Thakur Bhanupratap
Aurat Aurat Aurat Bijlee
Jung Chakradhari Choudhary
Angaara Police Inspector
Return of Jewel Thief Jukaso
Chhote Sarkar Dr khanna
Ajay Lala
1997 Police Station Thakur Shamsher Singh
Gupt: The Hidden Truth Police Inspector Neelkanth
Do Ankhen Barah Hath Viswanath Dayaram
Ek Phool Teen Kante Kidnapper Bevda
Hasina Aur Nagina Bhanupratap
Ishq Ranjit Rai Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Villain
Kaun Rokega Mujhe
1998 Do Numbri Hatela Hitler
2001: Do Hazaar Ek Minister Ramaswamy
Aunty No. 1 Gopi Elder Brother
Mere Do Anmol Ratan Mahesh
Mafia Raaj Laturkar
1999 Hai Kaun Woh Police Inspector Hasmukh Sulje
Jai Hind Sindhia
Kachche Dhaage CBI Officer Jadeja
Jaanam Samjha Karo Daniel
Trishakti Police Inspector Dayal
Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United Dharampal
2000 Bulandi Gora Father
Daku Ramkali Bajrang
Hum To Mohabbat Karega Inspector Shinde
Aakhir Kaun Thi Woh? V P Sinha
Yeh Raat Police commissioner
2001 Officer Lobo
Hum Ho Gaye Aapke Manager
Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya Mr Chopra
Kasam Kala Daku
Jaan Pe Khelenge Hum Police Inspector Bajrang Bihari
Rupa Rani Ramkali Zamindar Rasikalal Rasia
Dal:The Gang Gajrak Daruwala
2002 Mawali No.1 Muthuswamy Delayed, released in 2004
Yeh Mohabbat Hai Police Inspector
Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge Chief Minister
Rishtey Advocate Katre
2003 Chori Chori Chacha
Basti Kanta
Tada Bittal rao
Parwana Police Inspector Hardev Singh Haryanvi
Raja Bhaiya Chaubey
2004 A.K.47 ACP Yograj Saxena
Taarzan: The Wonder Car Anthony D'Çosta
Ek Se Badhkar Ek Police Inspector Inamdar
2005 Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karen Supremo Trikaaal/ Anna
Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai Iswarchand Mangatram Gore (I.M.Gore)
2006 Aatma Advocate Khurana
Siyaasat The Politics Netaji
2007 Dosh (film) Vijay Mehta/Kiran Bhatnagar
2008 Tulsi Annoying Foster Father
Mr. Black Mr. White K.G
Rafoo Chakkar: Fun on the Run Dilkhush
2010 Bachao:Inside Bhoot Hai...
Khuda Kasam Public Prosecutor
2012 Sompa Tulu movie (Manglorean language)
2013 Bombay Talkies Spirit of Sadashiv Amrapurkar

Marathi films

Appearances by Sadashiv Amrapurkar in Marathi cinema
Year Title Role Notes
1979 22 June 1897 Bal Gangadhar Tilak
1985 Khichdi Raghuvir Jagdale
1988 Aai Pahije Malhari
1991 Z.P Sadanand Waghmare
1993 Janmathep Parshuram Jadhav/Daku Parsha
1995 Painjan Shahir Pilajirao Khanjire Dholki Mastero in Tamasha Folk
1996 Doghi Uncle
2000 Khatarnak Advocate Raja Potbhare
2002 Vaastupurush Vadil
2004 Savarkhed Ek Gaon Sampatrao More
Zunj Ekaki Sadabhau
2005 Kunku Zaala Vairi Tatyasaheb, Minister
2007 Tahaan Minister
2008 Ara Ara Aaba Aata Tari Thamba Aaba
Sakka Bhau Pakka Vairi Mama
2009 Gaav Tasa Changala Sarpanch Popatrao
2012 Hou De Jarasa Ushir Fakir Baba


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