Nana Patekar who is a famous and versatile Indian film actor, writer, philanthropist, filmmaker, has seen a lot in life. In spite of his fame, Nana, is a very down to earth person.
Born in 1951 on January 1st, in Murud-Janjira which is in Raigad district, Maharashtra, his father went through a huge crisis. At the age of 12, Nana’s father was duped and he lost a lot of money along with their property because someone very close to them committed fraud. Their financial condition worsened. The actor started taking up jobs to help the basic needs of his family. He also started painting the ‘Zebra crossing’ signs on the roads and also painted movie posters which earned him a meagre amount of Rs. 35 monthly.
Nana Patekar has done numerous roles in Bollywood movies but he was noticed by the audience for his villainous acting in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Parinda’ alongside Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, which also won the actor many awards for the best supporting role. Till now he is the only actor in the industry who has won Filmfare for all three categories – best actor, best villain categories and for actor in a supporting role.
The ‘Krantiveer’ actor in the early 90’s was awarded an honorary rank of ‘Captain’ because he went through strict army training for 3 years to meet perfection for his role in the film‘Prahaar’ in 1991 and which was also directed by the actor.
Currently, for many years, the actor’s main reason for living such a simple life, with basic necessities, provisions and humbleness is because of the farmers’ condition in India. He wants to provide water and relief to the farmers who do not have any at all. Nana has sent out a strong message to the farmers of the country that if they feel like taking their own life they should call him up and he will try to help them with whatever he has got. Patekar nearly has donated 90% of his earnings in charity to make the lives of the drought-hit farmers better.
Many people have asked him this that why he does so much, what is his interest, to which he has only one simple answer as ‘Marte dum tak jeenay ki wajah mil gai hai mujhe’.
Nana Patekar himself is a farmer and he does farming in his village which is in proximity to Pune, where he cultivates wheat, rice, and chana.
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