Nana Patekar Age, Wife, Family, Children, Biography

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Age: 73 Years
Wife: Neelakanthi Patekar
Religion: Agnostic

Nana Patekar

Real NameVishwanath Patekar
Profession(s)Actor, Writer, Philanthropist, and Filmmaker
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)5' 7" (170 cm)
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth1 January 1951
Age (as of 2024)73 Years
BirthplaceMurud-Janjira, Bombay State (now, Maharashtra), India
Zodiac signCapricorn
HometownMumbai, Maharashtra, India
SchoolSamarth Vidyalaya, Dadar West, Mumbai
Bandra School of Arts (now L.S. Raheja School of Art) in Mumbai
College/InstituteSir J.J Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai
Educational QualificationA Commercial Arts diploma from J J School of Arts
DebutActor (Hindi Film): Gaman (1978)
Nana Patekar Debut Film Gaman (1978)
Actor (Marathi Film): Sinhasan (1979)
Nana Patekar Marathi Debut Film Sinhasan 1979
Director (Hindi Film): Prahaar: The Final Attack (1991)
Nana Patekar Film Prahaar The Final Attack
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Address304 Sheetal, Apna Ghar Society, Samarth Nagar, Andheri, Mumbai
HobbiesCooking, Doing Philanthropy
Awards/HonoursNational Film Award
1990: Best Supporting Actor for Parinda
1995: Best Actor for Krantiveer
1997: Best Supporting Actor for Agni Sakshi

Filmfare Award
1990: Best Supporting Actor for Parinda
1992: Best Villain for Angaar

2013: Padma Shri by the Government of India
Controversies• In 2008, during the shooting of the movie "Horn O.K. Pleassse," Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta levelled allegations of 'indecent behaviour' against Nana Patekar. After 10 years, she re-erupted the incident during the MeToo campaign and filed an FIR against "Nana Patekar" on 6 October 2018. In June 2024, Nana talked about the incident in an interview and called the allegation a lie. Nana said,

“I knew that the allegation was all a lie. That’s why I didn’t get angry. When everything was a lie, why should I be angry? And all those things are old. They have happened. What can we talk about them? Everyone knew the truth. What could I say at that time when nothing like this happened? Suddenly, someone says that you did this, you did that. What would I have answered to all these things? Should I have said that I didn’t do this? I know the truth that I didn’t do anything.”

Tanushree Dutta later reacted to his comments and called him “a pathological liar.” She said,

“He is scared. People can see through his manipulations now.”

• In 2014, he slammed the extension of parole to the jailed actor Sanjay Dutt and vowed to never work with the convicted star.

• In 2016, he supported the ban of Pakistani artists in the Bollywood and said, "Pakistan, artistes come later. My nation comes first. I don’t know anyone except my country and don’t want to know anything else. Artistes are small insects in front of the nation, we are worth nothing compared to the country. I don’t want to know what Bollywood says. I was in the army for two years. Our jawans are the real heroes. We are ordinary, useless people. Do not pay attention to what we say. Do you understand whom am I talking about? Humlog jo patar patar karte hain, unpe dhyan mat do. Unki aukat nahi utni."
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusSeparated
Affairs/GirlfriendsManisha Koirala (Actress)
Manisha Koirala
Ayesha Jhulka (Actress)
Nana Patekar And His Ex-Girlfriend Ayesha Jhulka
Marriage DateYear, 1978
Wife/SpouseNeelakanthi Patekar (a former Bank Officer)
Nana Patekar With His Wife
ChildrenSons- 2
• Durvasa (elder) (died at the age of two and a half years)
• Malhar Patekar
Nana Patekar With His Son Malhar Patekar
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Gajanand Patekar (Businessman)
Mother- Nirmala Patekar (Homemaker)
Nana Patekar With His Mother
SiblingsBrothers- Ashok and Dilip Patekar
Sister- Not known

Note: He had 6 siblings out of which 5 passed away.
Other RelativesManya Surve (slain gangster) (maternal cousin) [1]Divya Marathi
Manya Surve
FoodMutton Dishes, Malai Kabab, Prawns, Konkani Style Fish Curry, Goan Fish Curry
Restaurant April Rain in Pune
ActressSmita Patil, Madhuri Dixit
Singer(s)Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Song"Itni shakti hame dena daata, man ka vishwas kamjor ho na" from the film Ankush (1986)
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)Rs. 4 Crore/Film

Nana Patekar

Some Lesser Known Facts About Nana Patekar

  • Does Nana Patekar smoke?: No (quit at the age of 56)
  • Does Nana Patekar drink alcohol?: Yes
  • His mother brought Nana and other kids to Murud-Janjira from Mumbai as Nana’s maternal family had a criminal background. Nana’s maternal cousin Many Surve was a notorious gangster; Bollywood films Agneepath (1990) and Shootout at Wadala (2013) are based on Many Surve’s life.
  • When Nana was in his seventh standard, his mother sent him to her sister’s house in Mumbai as he was very mischievous. A year later, his aunt packed his bags and sent him back to Murud because she felt that her children were getting spoilt under Nana’s influence.
  • Before coming into the acting profession, he did odd jobs like painting Zebra crossings, painting movie posters, etc., to earn a living.
  • Since the age of 5, he started acting and worked for long on the Marathi stage, acting in various award-winning plays including Hamidabaichi Kothi and Purush before moving to Marathi films and television and then making his foray into Bollywood.
  • When he was 13-year-old, he used to paint cinema posters; for which, he was paid ₹35 and one meal.
  • In the begging of his career, Nana worked as a commercial artist and visualizer at Strusa Advertising.
  • He also worked in an advertising agency for some time.
  • During an interview, he revealed that, during his initial days in the Bollywood, he had to face discrimination for not being a handsome hunk. To this, he says, “Mein jaanta hoon ki mein khoobsurat nahin hoon (I know I am not beautiful). But I wanted to make my performances beautiful. They should talk for you. Always let your work talk for yourself. No matter how much you give interviews, or how much you are written about, it is always the performance which counts.”
  • For his entry into the Bollywood, he gives credit to the Bollywood actress Smita Patil, as she knew him from Pune and took him to Ravi Chopra for a role. Nana Patekar and Smita Patil
  • When Nana was 28-year-old, he lost his father, and within two-and-a-half years of that, he lost his first son. In June 2024, he talked about losing his son and said that his son had a health complication since birth; he had trouble in one eye, and it was not visible.
  • Once, he used to criticise the Filmfare Jury for its awards management. However, when he won the best actor award for Krantiveer in 1995, he accepted the award, cried in public and told that he had thought the awards were a farce till he himself won one. Nana Patekar Filmfare Award
  • Despite his close links with the Shiv Sena, Nana got involved with the ‘Citizen of Peace Movement’ during the 1992 riots in Bombay.
  • Nana has admitted that Bal Thackeray was very close to him who asked him to stand for elections on a party ticket. However, Nana denies being associated with any political party. Nana Patekar With Bal Thackeray
  • To perfect his role for Prahaar, he had undergone strict army training for 3 years, and in the early 90s, he was given the honorary rank of Captain. Nana has also lent his service to the Indian Army, including a stint during the Kargil War. Nana Patekar Real Indian Army Officer
  • Nana has done playback singing in the films “Yeshwant” (1997), “Wajood” (1998) and “Aanch” (2003).
  • His son Malahar also acted in Prahaar, as the young Nana Patekar.
  • Nana counts himself among the modest citizens of India, and he substantiates it by living in a 1 BHK apartment with his mother. Nana Patekar in his House
  • He met his wife, Neelkanti, for the first time while doing theatre. They acted in many plays together. Her debut film as an actress was “Atmavishwas (1989).”
  • Even after becoming a famous actor, he used to hang out with his old friends in a Mahim bar and drink himself silly. Nana Patekar With Friends
  • During an interview, he revealed that he celebrates his son’s birthday in an orphanage.
  • Even though he doesn’t believe in God, he celebrates Ganapati because his father used to do that, and after his demise, his mother insisted him to carry forward the same. Nana Patekar Ganapati Puja
  • Nana has also revealed about his smoking habit and said, “I used to smoke 60 cigarettes per day till I was 56. But then I just threw it and left it.” 
  • Nana Patekar is an ardent follower of simplicity. He says, “I have not increased my needs at all. My needs are the same. If you come to my house, you will be shocked. My house is 750 sq ft., we had bought it for ‘₹1.1 lakhs, but even today I stay there only.” Nana Patekar
  • Nana had a narrow escape from getting burned during the filming of the last scene of the film Parinda.
  • In 2015, Nana Patekar, along with actor Makarand Anaspure, started a non-governmental organization- Naam Foundation. The foundation works for the welfare of farmers in the drought-prone areas Vidarbha and Marathwada in Maharashtra. In 2015, he also distributed cheques of ₹15,000 to the families of farmers from Vidarbha region and from Latur and Osmanabad districts of Marathwada. Nana Patekar Naam Foundation
  • In 2016, he made his debut as a producer with the film “Natsamrat.”
  • He is very popular for his quintessential laughing and dialogue delivery. Nana Patekar
  • He loves culinary and can cook for more than 150 people at a time. He also has a signature dish to his name- ‘Nana Prawns.’ Nana Patekar Cooking
  • He credits his mother for teaching him cooking and acting.
  • Nana is the only actor to have won the Filmfare Supporting Actor, Best Actor, and Best Villian.
  • During the talk show “Aap Ki Adalat,” Nana confessed his one-sided love for Bollywood actress, Madhuri Dixit. He even recited a long poem for her from the film “Wajood (1998).”
  • Around 40 years after making his acting debut, in 2017, he did his first commercial for ‘Vikram Tea.’