Sandeep Kulkarni is a well established Marathi actor, who has also acted in popular Bollywood movies. He has won three Maharashtra State Awards for the movies ‘Shwaas’, ‘Dombivali Fast’ and ‘Adhantari’.
Early Life & Background
Sandeep was born on 16th November 1964 in Pune. He is the son of Shrikanth Kulkarni and Lata Kulkarni. He has brother named Sachin Kulkarni, who works in Merchant Navy in Singapore. He completed his schooling and college from Mumbai. He graduated from J.J. School of Art in Mumbai as he was in the stream of painting and sketches. As a painter, his first exhibition was at Jehangir Art Gallery in 1986.
First assignment/ First major break
Sandeep started her career as a theatre artist, but he came into a limelight by playing a role in Marathi show ‘Avantika’ and Hindi show ‘9 Malabar Hill’.
Journey in the industry
While completing his graduation from J.J. School of Arts, Sandeep met Pandit Satyadev Dubey and trained under him in theatres. In late 1980s, he began his stage career with the plays like ‘Majha Khel Mandu De’, ‘Dhyani Mani’ and more. He worked in various plays in English, Marathi and Hindi languages. After acting for four years as theatre artist, Sandeep debuted in television shows.
He started his acting career from Marathi shows. He is most remembered for acting in Zee Marathi’s popular show ‘Avantika’. He also played various roles in Hindi serials like Muslim lawyer Salim on Zee TV’s ‘9 Malabar Hill’, a press reporter on DD Metro’s ‘Farz’ and a counselor on DD Metro’s ‘Nyay’. He played an underworld don on Doordarshan’s ‘Swabhiman’ and a cop who solves the mystery case of old couple who refused to accept the dead body of their son in the show ‘First Kill’.
Later, Sandeep started acting in films. His first debut in the Bollywood was from the movie ‘Mammo’ in 1994, in a role of Inspector Apte. In 1996, he played a role of gangster Shankar in Sudhir Mishra’s movie ‘Raat Ki Subaah Nahin’. In 1999, he played a supporting role as Gopalji in the movie ‘Shool’. He became famous among non-maharashtrian masses after portraying a role of social worker in Madhur Bhandarkar’s movie ‘Traffic Signal’. He also acted in the films like ‘Hazar Chaurasi Ki Maa’, ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’, ‘Gaiir’ and more. In 2013, he was a part of Nikhil Advani’s action thriller film ‘D-Day’, starring Arjun Rampal, Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Shruti Haasan and Huma Qureshi.
Sandeep also starred in many of super-hit Marathi films. In 2004, he played the role of Dr.Sane in Oscar nominated movie ‘Shwaas’. His role was of oncologist who attempts to convince the grandfather of a child suffering from eye cancer to agree to a life-saving surgery of his grandson. He won National Award, State Award and Zee Award for his role in the movie ‘Shwaas’. In 2005, he acted in another National Award winning film ‘Dombivali Fast’ opposite Shilpa Tulaskar. He portrayed the role of common man named Madhav Apte and his role was critically acclaimed. Then he portrayed the role of a teacher & a freedom fighter Sane Guruji in the movie with the same name. In 2008, he acted in the movie ‘Ek Daav Sansaracha’, for which Sandeep bagged Best Actor award at Nigerian International Film Festival. He had also worked in the Marathi movies like ‘Adhantari’, ‘Bedhund’, ‘Maay Baap’, ‘Made In China’, ‘Premsutra’ and many more. He also acted in the movies like ‘Khel Saat Baracha’ and ‘Pratisaad’ in 2010. In 2013, he portrayed the role of basket ball coach in the movie ‘Ajinkya’.
In 2009, Sandeep portrayed the role of Shivam Shinde opposite Shilpa Tulaskar, on Sony TV’s serial ‘Ladies Special’. He once again acted opposite Mrinal Kulkarni in the role of Vikram on Zee Marathi’s serial ‘Guntata Hriday He’.
Apart from being an actor, Sandeep is also a good painter by profession.
Sandeep got married to Kanchan Naik in 1999, whom he met during his college days. They have a son named Vrundar Kulkarni.
Name of Films
Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin
Hazaar Chowrasi Ki Maa
Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi
Ek Daav Sansaracha
Made in China
Dr. Aditya Deshmukh
Name of Serials
‘Ladies Special’ as Shivam Shinde on Sony TV
‘9 Malabar Hill’ as Salim on Zee TV
‘Farz’ as Reporter on DD Metro
‘Swabhimna’ as Underworld Don on Doordarshan
‘Nyay’ as Counselor on DD Metro
‘Bharat Ek Khoj’ on Doordarshan
‘Avantika’ on Zee Marathi
Names of Dramas
Majha Khel Mandu De
Best Actor for ‘Shwaas’ in 2004
Best Actor for ‘Dombivali Fast’ in 2005
Best Actor for ‘Adhantari’ in 2005
Best Actor at Zee Awards for the movie ‘Shwaas’ in 2004
Best Actor at Zee Awards for the movie ‘Dombivali Fast’ in 2005
Best Actor at Nigerian International Film Festival for the movie ‘Ek Daav Sansaracha’ in 2008