Vikram Gokhale



Born on 30 October 1945 in Pune, Maharashtra, Shri Vikram Chandrakant Gokhle is a well-known actor in the Marathi and Hindi theatre and cinema. A graduate of Pune University, he took his first steps on the stage under the guidance of his father Chandrakant Raghunath Gokhle, a renowned theatre actor. His father also gave him a basic training in Hindustani vocal music. His great-grandmother Durgabai Kamat, the first actress in Indian cinema, and his grandmother Kamalabai Gokhle, the first child artist in the same film, Mohini Bhasmasur, were strong influences in his early life. As he grew to maturity, Shri Vikram Gokhle was groomed in the theatre by the eminent director and actress Vijaya Mehta. He also trained in movement under Dr D. Morris.
Shri Gokhle belongs to the school of realistic theatre and has worked with renowned directors and actors of the Marathi stage such as Vijaya Mehta and Shriram Lagoo. He has also worked with well-known actors in Indian cinema. Some of his notable productions are Vaahato Hee Durvanchi Judi (1968), Jasvandee (1972), Samorchya Gharaat (1975), Barrister (1977), Gholaat Ghol (1978), Kamala (1981), Rahoo Ketoo (1982), Doosra Samna (1989), Nakalat Saare Ghadle (1996), Khara Sangaycha Tar (2006), Aappa Ani Bappa (2005), Jawai Majha Bhala (2009), Katha (2010), and Sargam, Kahani Chhotya Mahagayikechi (2012). He has taught theatre and film acting as visiting faculty at Shivaji Vidyapeeth and Rajasthan University, followed by a tenure teaching acting and direction at the Deccan Education Society, Pune. The latter institution is producing a documentary film on his life in the theatre.
Shri Vikram Gokhle has been honoured for his work in the theatre with many awards. These include the Natya Darpan Puraskar (1977, 1981, 1989), the Marathi Professional Theatre Producers Guild Award (1989), and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Puraskar (2007). He has also received several awards for his work in films and television.
Shri Vikram Gokhle receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as an actor.