Veteran theater actor-director Dinesh Thakur is known for having acted in a very fewer film in Bollywood. As he was selective in roles and the cast, he did not appear in many movies. He was also active in theater hence did not set his eyes for huge commercial success in career. He made his first attempt with a petit role in '
in the lead.
The film was above average success in box office and the actor was noticed for his performance, Mere Apne was an acclaimed film of Gulzar, and this film helped him to get a lead role in Basu Chatterjee’s ‘Rajnigandha’(1974). He played a lead role with
in this film. The film’s melodious music by
and fine acting by the cast scored well at the box office. Later, he appeared in character roles in Hindi films and became a screenwriter and story writer.
After the success of ‘Rajnigandha’, he got chances to play a character role in Basu Bhattacharya’s ‘
’ (1971). In this film, he played the role of
suspects of having a relationship with his wife, Tanuja. The bold concept of the film and strong character got him recognition as a best character actor. After ‘Anubhav’, the actor fetched another role in Basu Bhattacharya’s film ‘Griha Pravesh’(1979).
He also established a theater company in Mumbai named ANK Productions in 1976. He also took up the challenging task as a screenplay and story writer job in films. His first role as a story writer and screen playwright job got noticed with the release of ‘
’(1978). The film narrated how a couple (Rekha and
) coped with the aftermath of rape. This film fetched him Filmfare best story award. The actor was later engaged with his theater group that helped the company to flourish in a big way. The actor passed away in Mumbai on September 20, 2012, due to kidney failure.