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Interview - Vijay Patkar
Vijay Patkar - the most flexible star of Marathi & Hindi films

About 25 years ago , he made his entry in Bollywood through 'Tezaab'. Thanks to N. Chandra for spotting the talent in him. Though it was a character role, playing one of Anil Kapoor's friends; Vijay made his presence felt through that role. Vijay spent his childhood in Girgaon and studied in Union High School and later joined Siddharth College. Actually, he started his acting career with a one act play 'Majhi Pahili Chori'. This was his stepping stone, as Vijay became a popular stage actor later and found a job on artiste's quota in Bank Of India. His friend circle those days, used to be Prashant Damle, Pradeep Patwardhan and Jaywant Wadkar.
 
Vijay Patkar, Marathi Actor
A gentle and soft spoken Vijay has maintained good relations with not only people from Marathi films but also Bollywood. Many of his friends don't forget to invite him for their functions and Vijay obliges them with his presence in a cheerful mood. "It's an occasion to meet all friends, who are otherwise busy," says Vijay.

Since his childhood days, Vijay was a great admirer of Charlie Chaplin. Watching his enthusiasm in miming the great actor, his brother Dayal Patkar showed him some cartoon films and English comedy films. We have all witnessed that Vijay has a great influence of this great comedian in his acting. No wonder, Vijay has bagged many advertising films. His ad for Cello tape has already
won him IIFA award for best model. He has also won an award of Marathi Natya Parishad for the play 'Halka Phulka Natak'. For the past 25 years, he has been actively involved in many Marathi and Hindi films simultaneously.

Perhaps, Vijay is the only Marathi actor after Nana Patekar to have received recognition from Bollywood continuously for the past 25 years. We have seen him making all his efforts to invite the attention of audience , through comedy roles in many Bollywood films. After serving Bank of India for 16 years, Vijay has now given his full time to acting profession. Recently, we saw him in films like 'Apna Sapna Money Money' 2012 'Golmaal 3', 'Tees Maar Khan' 'Daddy Cool ''All The Best( 2009) and blockbuster 'Singham'. But, Vijay liked his role in Marathi film 'Navra Majha Navsacha' made by Sachin.

It is always said that an actor can get his role of his choice, if he makes his own film. Earlier, he has directed few films; but now, making his own film is a bigger challenge. So, Vijay is all set to release his own project 'Lau Ka Laath' which is produced and directed by him, besides playing a lifetime role, where people will find him at his best. This film is due for release in May 2012. At present, Vijay is busy with his film's distribution and is looking forward to a grand success. MMW wishes him all the best, as this is the Silver Jubilee of his acting career in films.

by Nitin Guruji © MMW