(5) Upendra Limaye (Dhag)
The best acting performance in Shivaji Lotan Patil’s Dhag came from Upendra Limaye, who lived his character so perfectly that it appeared very authentic. The scene when he comes home drunk and goes to the bed without eating food was terrific. That role underlined the fact that Upendra Limaye is one of most under-rated actors in Marathi films.
(4) Nana Patekar (Dr Prakash Baba Amte)
Nana Patekar proved that no other actor could have played Dr Prakash Amte so authentically. His performance in the scenes – when a tiger dies of snake-bite; when a pregnant tribal woman needs to be operated urgently; and when a reformed naxalite meets the Amte couple in America; leaves you with moist eyes.
(3) Mahesh Manjrekar (Rege)
The role of Inspector Pradeep Sharma in Abhjit Panse’ Rege was among the best ones Mahesh Manjrekar has played in Marathi films. He has been most suitably casted in the role and he did complete justice to the character. The way he looks, he talked and keeps his calm despite having a number of things in mind was very excellent. It was a very realistic performance by Manjrekar.
(2) Dilip Prabhawalkar (Postcard)
After a powerful performance in Narbachi Wadi the previous year, Dilip Prabhawalkar played Bhikaji, a character of Narba’s age, in Gajendra Ahire’s Postcard. The scene – when tired of cutting woods, Bhikaji puts the axe down and runs to hold the mask to his chest before breathing his last – was mind-blowing. It was a small role but the conviction with which Prabhawalkar played it, it stays with you even days after you leave the cinema hall.
(1) Kishor Kadam (Fandry)
After Touring Talkies the previous year, Kishor Kadam gave another electrifying performance as Kachru in Fandry. The scene when Kachru attends some guests to fix his daughter’s marriage; and the hair-raising climax scene; clearly illustrates the actor’s command over the characters he plays. His performance in Fandry also proves the point as why every second filmmaker wants to cast Kishor Kadam in his film. He is one of the finest actors Marathi film industry currently has.