Deepak Antani Wiki, Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Deepak Antani is an Indian-Gujarati actor and director who is best known for his performances as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in theatre plays and films including Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh (2023), Mujib: The Making of Nation (2022), and Gandhiji My Mentor (2016). He is known to be a Mahatma Gandhi lookalike and has essayed the very role in more than 20 short films, TV serials, 190 stage plays, and many documentaries.

Wiki/Biography

Deepak Madhukant Antani was born on Thursday, 20 August 1964 (age 58 years; as of 2022) in Bhuj, Gujarat. His zodiac sign is Leo. In 1984, he pursued a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Hair Colour: Grey (Semi bald)
Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Family

Parents & Siblings

There is not much information available about his parents and siblings.

Wife & Children

On 23 June 1989, he got married to Deepti Antani. Together they raised two children, a daughter, Falak Antani, and a son, Tathya Antani. Falak Antani is a freelance artist and Tathya is a business analyst.
Deepak Antani with his wife, Deepti Antani
Deepak Antani with his daughter, Falak Antani
Deepak Antani with his son, Tathya Antani

Religion

He follows Hinduism.

Career

Actor

Theatre & play

On 20 June 2000, Deepak performed in a play ‘Sardar Patel,’ which he wrote for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 125th birth anniversary celebrations. His maiden venture enacting Mahatma Gandhi was through this play.
Deepak Antani as Mahatma Gandhi in a still from the play Sardar Patel in 2006
Later, he portrayed Gandhi in several Gujarati plays such as Yug Purush, Bander ki Atmakatha, and Janta ki Adalat.
Deepak Antani featured in the play ‘Yug Purush’

Film

In 2016, he made his acting debut with the film ‘Gandhiji My Mentor’ in which he portrayed the character of Mahatma Gandhi.
Poster of the film Gandhiji My Mentor (2016)
Later, he appeared in several films including Mujib: The Making of Nation (2022), Maare Shu (2022), and Pagal Kar Diya Toone (2019). He also appeared in an episode of the TV series The Family Man (2019) in which he played the role of a Gujarati driver. In 2023, Deepak shared the silver screen with actor Chinmay Mandlekar and essayed the role of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in the film Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh. The film is set to release on 26 January 2023.
Poster of the film Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh (2023)

Short films

Deepak Antani has played the role of Mahatma Gandhi in short films including Jawab La Jawab, Gandhiji Ni Garima, Mahatma ke Mahatma, and the Jang-e-Azadi by Shyam Benegal productions.

Director

Films

In 2000, he made his directorial debut with a Gujarati film titled Bhav Bhav Na Bharthar.
Poster of the Gujarati film Bhav Bhav Na Bharthar (2000)
Later, he directed several Gujarati films including Thank You Boss (2022), Pritam Apni Paheli Prit (2017), and Dil Ma Vasto Desh. (2016)

TV series

Deepak Antani has directed more than 1000 episodes of Gujarati TV serials including Samvad, Sakhi, Sahiyar, Kadaksinh no haya darbar, Hasya Samrat, Kaki Bhare Paki, and Sankalp for DD Girnar.

Other works

After graduation, Deepak worked as a production assistant for thirteen years at Doordarshan. From March 2001 to May 2002, Antani worked as a program producer for ETV Gujarati (now called Colors Gujarati). From June 2002 to September 2011, he worked with Shree Falak Films where he was majorly involved in the direction of films, TV Serials, live events, theatre plays, and documentaries. He also took part in acting and scriptwriting. In August 2011, Deepak was appointed as the channel head at Transmedia Limited. From August 2012 to August 2013, he was the chief operating officer at Pranami Broadcasting Limited in Ahmedabad.

Literary works & Publications 

Antani has published several articles in magazines and newspapers including Chitralekha magazine, Gujarati Daily, and Complete Cinema. He has also written stories for several award-winning Gujarati feature films, plays, TV serials, and wrote title songs for TV programs, and anchoring scripts for several shows.

Awards, Honours, Achievements

  • 2004: Best Director for the film “Bhav bhav na Bharthar”
  • 2007: Best Director for the film Film “Kanku Purayu Maa Amba na Chok ma”
  • 2013: Best Director for the film “Pritam Aapni Paheli Preet”
  • 2019: Recognized as top 100 record holders of 2019 for the most number of Mahatma Gandhi-related performances by a Gandhi Look-alike’ India Book of Records
  • 2020: Limca Book of Records for looking like the real Bapu in Gandhi’s costume

Happy to share one more Achievement. It’s *”Limca Book of Records”* now, After “India Book of Records – 2019”. Performing Character of Mahatma Gandhi has provided me many prestigious opportunities to work with @ShyamBenegal @RajkumarSanto12 #LimcaBookofRecords#mahatmagandhiji pic.twitter.com/nQOBb20F8q
— DEEPAK ANTANI (@ANTANID20) October 12, 2022

Facts/Trivia

  • He is fluent in several Indian languages such as Gujarati, Hindi, and English.
  • Deepak Antani has also lent his voice as Gandhiji to documentaries and in many museums including Mahatma Gandhi Museum, Rajkot.
  • In 2016, he received a special award for his play ‘Sardar Patel.’
  • According to Deepak, he is an approved artist on All India Radio and Doordarshan.
  • From 16th to 22nd January 2019, Deepak Antani walked 150 km in 6 days as Gandhiji during the event ‘PadYatra’ starting from Manar village in Bhagwan Nagar district and ending at Lok Bharti Sansthan in Sanosara village, Gujarat.
  • In 2022, Deepak Antani appeared in a music video for a song titled Jadu Salona by Amit Trivedi.
    Deepak Antani in a still from the music video of the song ‘Jadu Salona’ (2022)

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