Neena Kulkarni, actress, model, column writer, producer and director, began her acting journey in the 1970's on Marathi professional stage and...
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Neena Kulkarni, actress, model, column writer, producer and director, began her acting journey in the 1970's on Marathi professional stage and Hindi experimental stage. She simultaneously pursued her career in fashion shows and modelling as well. Pt. Satyadev Duey was her first guru and she went on to be a part of several Hindi productions under his direction. Her prominent play performances include Mohan Rakesh's Adhe Adhure, Shankar Shesh's Mayavi Sarovar and Willie Russell's Educating Rita.
In 1978, Dr. Vijaya Mehta chose her to play Shabbo in Anil Barve's Hamidabai chi Kothi, and that’s when her long journey with Bai began. Bai took Neena Kulkarni into the remarkable world of Marathi theatre with Mahasagar and Savitri. She continues to assist Bai in her workshops.
Neena Kulkarni has won several awards, like Natya Darpan, State Awards, and the Natya Parishad recognition, for her performances in Marathi theatre. The plays include Mahasagar, Akasmat, Dhyani Mani, Vatvat Savitri, Dehabhaan, Prem Patra, Hamidabai chi Kothi and Chapa Kaata. She also directed the play Mahasagar in 2011.
Apart from Marathi theatre, Neena Kulkarni is an acclaimed artist in other languages and fields as well. Her English plays include Mahatma versus Gandhi and Wedding Album. Her prominent Marathi films are Savat Maazhi Laadki (State Award for Best Actress) Aai, Uttaryan, Shevri (for which she won the National Award and PIFF award as producer) Sari var Sari (State Award for Best Supporting Actress), and Bioscope (Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress). Her latest television show Yeh hai Mohabatten is currently running its 4th year.
Neena Kulkani has also worked in several international projects including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Rani (a French series), and Noces (a French film that will premier in Paris in February 2017).
As a column writer for Loksatta, Neena Kulkarni successfully ran her column Antarang for 3 years. This has been published as a book by the same name and has run into 3 editions.