Anant Jog is an Indian film and television actor, who is popularly known for his character in ‘Shanghai’, ‘Singham’ and ‘Rawdy Rathore’.
Anant Jog was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra to a veteran actress Shanta Jog. He has a brother who is a doctor. His father had a transfer duty, and thus, he completed his schooling from various places like Nasik, Aurangabad, Nanded, and Kolhapur. He did not go to college as he didn’t have faith on the Indian Education system. More than serial and theatre, he has a soft corner for cinema.
First assignment/major break
Anant Jog’s debut movie was ‘Ameer Aadmi Gharib Aadmi’. However, he became popular with the Marathi serial ‘Ek Shunay Shunay’
Journey in industry
The most veteran actor, Anant Jog entered in this industry through Ekankika Competition. He used to participate in various drama competitions, and while working in theatre, Raja Pargaokar gave him his first break.
Later, Anant Jog made his debut through the movie ‘Ameer Aadmi Gharib Aadmi’ with Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman. The movie was produced by Amjad Khan. Soon he received various offers and he did many big banner films. In 1996, he acted in the movie ‘Chaahat’ directed by Mahesh Bhatt, where he worked with actors like Naseerudhin Shah, Shahrukh Khan, Pooja Bhatt and Ramya Krishna. In 2011, he worked with Ajay Devgan in a blockbuster movie ‘Singham’, which was directed by Rohit Shetty, where he played the role of Minister Anant Narvekar. His dialogue ‘nonsense’ became quite popular. His Jaggu’s character in ‘Shanghai’ was also well appreciated. ‘Singham’ and ‘Shanghai’ proved to be the turning points in his life. Meanwhile, he also worked with Akshay Kumar in ‘Rowdy Rathore’, which was directed by Prabhu Deva and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala.
Along with Hindi Movies, Anant has done many Marathi movies. His first Marathi movie was ‘Angar’, where he played the role of hero’s friend. Recently, he has worked in a super hit Marathi film ‘No Entry Pudhe Dhoka Aahe’, directed by Ankush Chaudhary, where he played the role of Minister Kawle. In most of his films, he has played the role of a politician.
Apart from theatre and movies, Ananta has given equal contribution in television as well. His entry in serials was due to his friend Archana Joglekar, who advised him to work in serials. Meanwhile, Anant’s friend Harshad Shivcaran recommended his name to the director Anil Bandhavde. He gave Anant a break in his serial. However, he became popular for the Marathi serial ‘Ek Shunay Shunay’, which was directed by B. P. Singh. From this serial onwards, people started recognizing him as an actor. Later, he worked in a few Hindi serials, like ‘Kuch Khoya Kuch Paya’.
Anant’s upcoming film is ‘Bhoothnath 2’, where he will share the screen with the great legend Amitabh Bacchan. Currently, he was involved in the Marathi serial ‘Gandh Pulancha Gele Sangun’, which was aired on ETV Marathi.
Anant’s first wife was an actress Ujwala Jog. But, eventually they got divorced and he married Manjiree Jog who passed away in 2012. His daughter Kshitee Jog is an actress who is married to Hemant Dhome.
Name of Films
‘Lal Salaam’ in 2002
‘Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part 2’ as Ganpat in 2003
‘Risk’ as Home Minister in 2006
‘Kachchi Sadak’ as Paswan in 2006
‘Dahek’ as Iqbal Khan in 2007
‘Khatta Meetha’ in 2010
‘Singham’ as Minister Narvekar in 2011
‘Shanghai’ as Jaggu in 2012
‘No Entry’ as Minister Kawle in 2012
‘Rowdy Rathore’ as Minister
‘Ameer Aadmi Gharib Aadmi’
Name of Serials
‘Gandh Phulancha Gela Sangun’ as Bhau Sarkar on ETV Marathi
‘Ek Shunay Shunay’
‘Kuch Khoya Kuch Paya’