Vishwanath "Nana" Patekar born 1 January 1951 is an Indian actor and filmmaker. Born Vishwanath Patekar in Murud-Janjira, Maharashtra, to Dinkar Patekar and his wife Sanjanabai Patekar. He is an alumnus of the Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai. Patekar has played many types of roles. He has played the occasional villain but been a hero in most of his films. He played a truant, gambling son inKrantiveer (1994), a wife beater in Agni Sakshi (1996), a deaf father to Manisha Koirala in Khamoshi: The Musical (1996) and a schizophrenic inWajood (1998). In the movie Ab Tak Chappan (2005) he plays a police officer who is a sharpshooter. He shared the screen space with the legendary superstar Amitabh Bachchan in Kohram where he played an undercover CBI officer chasing Bachchan's incognito. Patekar has also done comic roles in Welcome (2007) in which he plays a powerful crime lord who once desired to be an actor in films.He turned director with his movie Prahaar: The Final Attack co-starring Madhuri Dixit. His other films as an actor include Hu Tu Tu and Bluff Master. For his performance in Apaharan, he received the Filmfare Best Villain Award as well as the Star Screen Award Best Villain. He is going to be in Sangeeth Sivan's next film, which is a remake of the Telugu film Athadu (2005) and as the character Anjaneya Prasad (CBI officer), which was originally played by Prakash Raj.Patekar did some playback singing in the films Yeshwant (1997), Wajood (1998)
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