Pradeep Welankar was born in 1948, and he had a successful tryst both with the big screen and small screen. He also tested waters in the theatre. He has played many roles in Marathi plays and some Hindi films as well. His famous plays are Barrister, Ratra Udyachi, One Room Kitchen, and Rang Umalatya Manache. His roles in the television series Megh Datale, Asambhav, and Paducha Paul are always appreciated. He appeared in the Marathi film Joshi Ki Kamble where the lead actor leaves no stone unturned in emerging a winner against caste bias.He also acted in Bollywood films like the critically acclaimed Page 3 and the action-packed Singham.
Pradeep’s wife Rajani Welankar is a well-known face in Marathi theater. She is also famous in the celluloid world and television. The two are blessed with three daughters Meera, Gauri and Madhura. These siblings have got themselves associated with the stage. Madhura and Meera even tried their luck in movies and television.
In an interview, Madhura Welankar said that she has inculcated the qualities of her father. She also said that one day is less to thank her father for what all he has done for her. She shares a special bond with him and is always ready to cook non-vegetarian food for him which he relishes.
Pradeep holds a keen interest in film direction as well. During his college days, he had a keen interest in sports as well as theater. Later, he decided to take forward his interest in theater and chose it as his career. Initially, he was a part of a theater group called “Rangagyan”. He has worked with many famous writers like V. V. Shirwadkar, C. P. Deshpande, Vasant Kanetkar, Sai Paranjape, Suresh Khare and some new playwrights like Nitin Dixit and Mayuri Deshmukh. His play Barrister earned him a lot of recognition. His another play Rang Umalatya Manache crossed over 500 shows and gained a lot of popularity in the mid-80's. He played a very strong role in a play called Sokshamoksha.
Pradeep’s role in the telefilm Shahani Sakal is still loved by people. He has done more than 50 TV shows. Many people know him by the name of Shyamrao Paranjape, which was a character in one of his shows, Hya Gojirvanya Gharat. His earliest Marathi films were Vajeer and Chakava. He also appeared in Savali, which was a bilingual film. He is said to be working on some Marathi and Bollywood movies.