Kuldeep Pawar was a dynamic Marathi actor who could often find the balance between comic and opposing roles and could balance between the two like a professional conjurer.
Pawar was born in Kolhapur in Maharashtra. His father was a small-time actor who always used to encourage arts as a profession. Kuldeep’s grandfather used to work at an electric powerhouse, built under the rule of His Highness Shahu Maharaj. After completing his education at St.Xavier’s school and Rajaram College in Kolhapur itself, he relocated to Mumbai, to venture into Marathi films post his unsuccessful hunt for commendable work in Karad and Pune. He was offered the part to play the character of Sambhaji by Marathi drama director Prabhakar Panshikar in “Ithe Oshadla Mrityu”. Panshikar was a former stage actor and used to own “Natyasampada” a drama and theater organization and claimed that it was Pawar’s robust voice and personality that fetched him the role of Sambhaji in his play.
Pawar earned the nickname of “
” after playing the role by the same name in a play titled “Rakheli”, followed by people often referring to him by it. He has played a key role in roughly 25 movies, some of which include “Jhaatyache Jaale”, “Darodekhor”, “Bin Kamacha Navra”, “Shapit” and ”Gupchup Gupchup.” He also appeared in the
starred Bollywood flick “Doodh Ka Karz” in 1990. His television exposure fetched an impetus when he starred in the
directed comedy serial “
Tu Tu Main Main
Kuldeep also featured in other television projects such as Paramveer, Sansaar, Damini, and Aakrosh. In the field of theater, he was cast as Aurangzeb in “Asa Hi Ek Aurangzeb”, as Tatya Tope in “Vij Mhanali Dhartil” among many others. Pawar passed away on the 24th of March due to renal failure complications, at the Kokilaben hospital in Mumbai. Kuldeep, and his wife Nilima, who is also a theater artist, have two children Aishwarya and Samrudha.