Neena Kulkarni, actress, model, column writer, producer, director . Began her acting journey in the 1970s on Marathi professional stage and Hindi experimental stage, along with fashion shows and modelling simultaneously. She met Pt Satyadev Dubey, her first guru, and went on to be a part of several Hindi productions under his direction. Mohan Rakesh's Adhe Adhure, Shankar Shesh's Mayavi Sarovar, Willie Russell's Educating Rita are a few of her prominent plays. Dr Vijaya Mehta chose her to play Shabbo in Anil Barve's Hamidabai chi Kothi in 1978, and thus began her long journey with Bai into the remarkable world of Marathi theatre with Mahasagar and Savitri. She continues to assist Bai in her workshops. Mahasagar, Akasmat, Dhyani Mani,Vatvat Savitri, Dehabhaan, Prem Patra, Hamidabai chi Kothi Chapa Kaata are some more of her successful award-winning( Natya Darpan, State Awards, Natya Parishad recognition) Marathi plays. Directed the play Mahasagar in 2011. Mahatma versus Gandhi, Wedding Album English plays. Her prominent Marathi films are Savat Maazhi Laadki (state ward best actress) Aai, Uttaryan, Shevri (for which she won the National Award and PIFF award as producer) Sari var Sari ( State award best supporting), Bioscope (filmfare best supporting) Her latest television show Yeh hai Mohabatten running its 4th year. International projects..The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Rani ( a 8 part series in the French language telecast on channel France Deux ) Noces..a French Film shot in Luxembourg and premiering in Paris in Feb 2017. Column writer for Loksatta...called Antarang. She wrote for 3 years, has been published as a book by the same name. 3 editions.
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