Chinmay Udgirkar is a popular television actor, known for his role as Shreyas from ‘Swapnanchya Palikadle’.
Early Life & Background
Chinmay was born on 8th October 1985 in Nagar district. His father worked in SBI, while his mother is a lawyer. He also has a younger brother. For one year he lived in Nagar and then his family shifted to Nashik. He completed his schooling and college from Nashik and holds an L.L.B degree. Being a lawyer was his backup plan, as if he failed to become an actor, he would join his mother’s office.
First Major Break
Chinmay started his television career from Zee Marathi’s show ‘Maharashtracha Superstar’. However, he got popular from the serial ‘Swapnanchya Palikadle’.
Journey in the Industry
In school, when Chinmay was in fourth standard he got the first break in a play named ‘Banducha Abhyas’, where he played a role of Bandu. While his second play was ‘Shakti Peksha Yukti Shreshtha’. Later, he started performing in inter-school competitions. The first play he performed was ‘Satya Mev Jayte’ for which he received first award as a best actor. Soon he joined an experimental acting group called ‘Swapna Shalla’ of Vivek Daruda in Nasik. For three years he worked with this group and later joined ‘Genius’ group of Pravin Galoke. The rule that was followed by this group was until you don’t have the knowledge of the backstage work you cannot come on stage and act. Therefore, he has fair knowledge of backstage activities. For three years he worked with ‘Genius, where his acting skills got nurtured. Through the Genius group, he performed in Tendulkar Festival which was organized by Amol Palekar. In this festival, he presented Tendulkar’s first play ‘Amchyavar Kon Prem Karnar’ which was written in the year 1948.
After the theatre and stage shows, Chinmay participated in a reality show called ’Koun Hoel Maharashtracha Superstar’ that aired on Zee Marathi. It was the talent hunt in which he cleared the sixth round, however, later he was eliminated due to the less public vote. After the show, Chinmay didn’t receive any good offers from the industry and thus he decided to return to Nashik. But at the same time, he got called from Star Pravah to give an audition for their new show. He got finalised for ‘Swapnanchya Palikadle’ lead role, which turned out to be his successful role. He played the role of Shreyas in the serial opposite Gauri Nalawade. The show also had its second season with all new characters except for Chinmay & Gauri. Apart from the fiction show, he also anchored a reality show ‘Maharashtracha Dancing Star- Chote Masters’ fro Star Pravah.
While playing the role of Shreyas, Chinmay got a movie offer where he played a lead role of Shyam in a movie ‘Shyamche Vadil’. The movie was directed by Viraj Raje. The film was highly appreciated by the critics and he won his first movie award for this film.