Born as Vishwanath Patekar in Maharashtra, India, Nana Patekar as he is known today is a simple man with minimum needs and a heart of gold which is a rare feat to achieve these days. He’s a bright man with a point of view and one who speaks his mind and is brutally honest while expressing his opinions on and off camera. And his incredible work in Bollywood can never be forgotten or replaced simply because actors of his caliber are rare phenomenon.
He’s been a part of incredible movies. He credits his coming in the movie business to late actress Smita Patil. He has had splendid and extra ordinary performances in Parindaa, Krantiveer, Apharan, Ab tak Chappan and its sequel and many others and his work has been aptly recognized time and again for which he has been awarded and nominated quite a number of times. His latest performance in Nata Samrat was at another level altogether. An actor of his grandeur is expected to be rude, ruthless, over-confident and self-centered. But what we have here is a gem of a person, the exact opposite of what we expect him to be.
Nana Patekar known for his simple lifestyle has been generous in donating to charities. We now know how simple a person of his grandeur can be. He’s had had his ups and downs and now he stands like a rock supporting others and in his other philanthropic works. Nana Patekar known for his simple lifestyle has been generous in donating to charities. He contributed money towards rebuilding of the flood-ravaged villages in Bihar through the charitable organization Anubhuthi.
All the monetary remuneration he obtained for his performance in the movie Paathshaala was donated by him to five different charitable organizations. When he was awarded the Raj Kapoor award which carries a cash prize of Rs 10,00000, he donated the entire amount towards drought relief activities in Maharashtra. He also provided financial aid to families of farmers who committed suicide due to indebtedness brought about by drought. He distributed cheques worth Rs 15,000 to 62 families of farmers from Vidarbha region in August 2015 and another 113 families from Latur and Osmanabad districts of Marathwada in September 2015.
Using a twitter campaign with the hashtag I care I support, Nana Patekar was able to obtain funds to help Maharashtra Drought victims. Hats off to this legend and his incredible work! People like him make us proud! He is a living gem and we are lucky to have him in our country among us all.
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