Hometown: Bhor, Bombay Presidency, British India Marital Status: Unmarried Age: 75 Years
|Name earned||Dr Mohan Agashe|
|Profession(s)||• Indian actor
• Theatre artist
|Famous role||Kooka Singh in the film ‘Trimurti’ (1995)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 177 cm
in meters– 1.77 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 10”
|Hair Colour||Salt & Pepper|
Marathi: Samna (1975); as Maruti Kamble
Bollywood: Aakrosh (1980); as Bhonsle
Bengali: Feluda 30 (1996); as Maganlal Meghraj
Tamil: Manithan (2016); as Ram Dewan
Hindi: Kissa Kathmandu Ka (1986) on DD National; as Lalmohan Ganguly
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||2019: Lotu Patil Theatre Award
2018: Pride of Planet Award
2018: Vishnudas Bhave Puraskar
|Date of Birth||23 July 1947 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||75 Years|
|Birthplace||Bhor, Bombay Presidency, British India|
|School||NVM High School & Junior College in Budhwar Peth, Pune|
|College/University||B. J. Medical College in Pune|
|Educational Qualification||MBBS degree and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in Psychiatry from B. J. Medical College in Pune, Maharashtra|
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father– Mahadeo Agashe (Stenographer)
Mother– Name not known
|Actor||Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri|
|Actress||Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi|
|Filmmaker(s)||Satyajit Ray, Sumitra Bhave, Dr Jabbar Pate, and Ramesh Kulkarni|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Mohan Agashe
- Mohan Agashe is a veteran Indian actor and psychiatrist best known for his stellar performances in the Indian film industry. In 1990, he was conferred with Padma Shri and in 1996, he won the Sahitya Akademi Award.
- Agashe made his theatre debut as a child artist in the theatre group ‘Children’s theatre.’ At the age of 12, he took part in his first play that was organized in his school following which he began theatre acting. Later, he took part in several plays including Ashi Pakhare Yeti, Dhanya Mi Kritarth, and Katkon Trikon.
- Actively involved in theatre Mohan took part in a play called Jara Samjhun Ghya and presented it at an awareness drive for the Indian Medical Association during his college days.
Mohan Agashe during his initial theatre days
- After making his Marathi debut with the film Samna (1975), Mohan appeared in other Marathi films such as Jait Re Jait (1977), Ek Hota Vidushak (1992), Astu: So Be It (2015), Kaasav (2017), and Chandramukhi (2022).
Poster of the film ‘Samna’ (1975)
- In 1975, he made his debut in parallel cinema with the Hindi drama film ‘Nishant,’ which was directed by Shyam Benegal. Other films by Shyam Benegal in which Mohan appeared include Deshmukh (1976), Bhumika (1977), and Sadgati (1981).
- In 1980, he made his Bollywood debut with the film Aakrosh in which he played the role of Bhonsle, chairman of Zilla Parishad. He also appeared in many critically acclaimed films including Gangaajal (2003, Mashaal (1984), Train to Pakistan (1998), Rang De Basanti (2006), and Jolly LLB (2013).
Mohan Agashe as the defence minister in a still from the film Rang De Basanti (2006)
- In the 1980s, he became a household face after appearing as Machiavellian Nana Phadnavis in the play Ghashiram Kotwal by Vijay Tendulkar. The play was showcased at international festivals.
Mohan Agashe as Nana Phadnavis in the play Ghashiram Kotwal
- In 1980, he co-founded the Theatre Academy in Pune where he served as the Honorary President till 1986. The other co-founders were Jabbar Patel and Satish Alekar.
- In 1981, he was appointed as the Psychiatry professor at BJ Medical College & Sasson General Hospital in Pune and worked there for ten years.
- In 1991, he founded the Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) in Pune where he also taught the students till March 1997.
- In 1993, he initiated a five-year programme based on the study of the trauma of Latur earthquake victims for the Indian Council of Medical Research. He even established a rehabilitation for the earthquake victims.
- In 1996, he made his Bengali debut with the film ‘Feluda 30’ in which he played the role of Maganlal Meghraj.
- In 1997, Mohan became the director of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII). Due two the rise in student strikes, Mohan, being the director, made it compulsory for every enrolled student to finish their course before the institute accepts new admissions. The FTII Students’ Association (FSA) who appealed to the Bombay High Court that FTII was wasting government resources by refusing to take new students won the case. Mohan worked there for five years until his resignation. The Hindu
- In 1998, a new policy on mental education was formed by the Government of Maharashta after Mohan’s projects that aimed towards mental health education.
- In 1999, he appeared in two Bengali films Jato Kando Kathmandu Te and Golapi Mukto Rahasya.
- He evolved as a mental health advisor by bringing in the experience that he earned and served for Government of Maharashtra following which he became the principal investigator for an Indo-US joint project on Cultural Disorders of Fatigue and Weaknesses.
- In 2010, he became an executive member of Governing and Executive Council at the Children Film Society of India (CFSI).
- In 2012, he was elected as the President of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Sammelan.
- In 2016, he made his Tamil debut with the film Manithan in which he played the role of Ram Dewan.
- In 2018, he appeared in Bharatiya Digital Party’s video ‘If Hogwarts was a Marathi School,’ a Harry Potter spoof video in which Mohan played the role of Bumbledore (a parody version of Dumbledore). The same year (2018), he appeared in a short romantic comedy film “#PuranaPyaar” directed by Gorilla Shorts.
- The 2019 Indian Marathi-language film Dithee was produced by Mohan Agashe.
- Apart from acting, Mohan also produced the 2019 Marathi film ‘Dithee,’ which was directed by Sumitra Bhave.
- In 2022, he played the role of Dadasaheb Saswadkar in the Marathi film Chandramukhi and Leena’s grandfather in the Tamil film Vezham.
Mohan Agashe as Dadasaheb Saswadkar in the Marathi film Chandramukhi (2022)