Malhar Patekar is the son of veteran actor
Nana Patekar. He is active in the film industry since 2014 and is working in Nana Patekar Productions since 2014.
Malhar has shown more interest towards direction rather than acting. He started with assisting
Ram Gopal Varma in the movie titled 'The Attacks of 26/11.' Later on, his son was helping Nana Patekar in his project which Nana was writing-directing-acting.
Before working as a filmmaker, Malhar worked in Genesis advertising agency from 2002 to 2003.He studied commerce at D.G. Ruparel College, Matunga. Although his father married Neelakanthi Patekar, and they were divorced, his father Nana is most attached to his mother and him at this point of time in his life.
It is said that Ram Gopal Varma wanted Malhar to make his debut as an actor for his proposed film 'The Attacks of 26/11,' but his dad had other thoughts. It seems that even Ram offered Malhar a chance again for his debut in the sequel 'Ab Tak Chappan,' which Nana was directing. But Nana felt that Malhar should learn the crafts of direction. So, his son Malhar assisted Ram in the direction of this movie based on 26/11 attacks.
However, in 2009, Malhar approached his father and told that he wanted to act. Hence, Nana Patekar took again a decision to direct him. Meanwhile,
Prakash Jha was considered to be the producer of the film which Nana wanted to produce.
Unfortunately, Jha and Nana had a fall-out, and the film was stalled and did not move ahead. Hence, Malhar went to assist his father in the 'Ab Tak Chappan' sequel. But Nana had opted out of his son's proposal and felt that his son would be nervous to assist his father. Hence, Nana Patekar himself suggested that his son should become an assistant to Ram Gopal Varma, and that is how Malhar grew up being an assistant to Ram Gopal Varma.
It is noted that Nana too, wasn't confident that his son could ever be an actor because he is shy and nervous in front of the camera. And his son also has accepted the fact that he could learn every aspect of filmmaking with Ram Gopal Varma. Hence, Malhar felt he could learn direction, editing etc. working with the association of Ram.
It is said that Malhar always wanted to be part of cinema but didn't have the courage to tell his thoughts to his father. But now that Nana Patekar understood his son’s idea, he might one day direct a Marathi or Hindi movie himself. Quite some time back, we have heard about a film '
Little Godfather' which was supposed to be directed by
Joy Augustine. Producer of this project was
Ekta Kapoor and Suneil Shetty.
Later, Nana planned to launch his production house soon. It is then Nana felt his son would turn into producer under the banner and would come out with some serious cinema. Hope Nana’s dream would get finally fulfilled.