Dilip Prabhavalkar is an Indian Marathi and Hindi film, television and theatre actor. In Marathi cinema, he is best remembered for his character 'Tatya Vinchu' in the film Zapatlela and his lead performance in films like Chaukat Raja and Ek Daav Bhutacha.
In Marathi television, he will forever be remembered as 'Aaba Gangadhar Tipre' and as the simpleton 'Chimanrav' of the duo Chimanrav-Gundyabhau.
In Marathi theatre, his performances in 'Hasva Phasvi' and 'Vasu Chi Saasu' were very popular.
However, Prabhavalkar became particularly known on the national scene for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the 2006 Hindi film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai. He reprised the role of Gandhi in the Telugu remake, Shankar Dada Zindabad. Apart from acting, Prabhavalkar is author of many plays and children's story books.
Born in Mumbai, Dilip Prabhavalkar obtained bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga. He gained his master's degree in Biophysics and a diploma from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, before working for Unichem Laboratories Limited, a pharmaceutical company and as a partner in a video production unit. During this period, he performed as an actor in several children's and experimental plays staged at Chhabildas.
His first major performance was in Lobh Nasava Hi Vinanti a play written by Vijay Tendulkar and directed by Arvind Deshpande. In 1991, he decided to choose acting as a career.
In children's and amateur theatre, Prabhavalkar was associated with Ratnakar Matkari's group and performed in all the plays staged by the troupe. His performances of a simpleton in Prem Kahani and Vidur in Aranyak — a play based on the Mahabharat — were awarded prizes at the Maharashtra State Drama Festival.
He played Chimanrao in the television serial Chimanrao Gundyabhau based on a series of short stories by C.V. Joshi. He recreated the Chimanrao character in his play Hasva Phasvi.
Dilip Prabhavalkar starred in a Bollywood movie Encounter: The Killing as an old gangster, Punappa Avade in 2002. He portrayed Mahatma Gandhi in 2006's Lage Raho Munna Bhai. He reprised his role in the Telugu remake called Shankar Dada Zindabad.
From the experimental stage, Prabhavalkar very easily moved to the professional stage in 1976, and since then has acted in plays from slapstick to light comedy, family drama and melodrama, to serious discussion plays dealing with contemporary issues.
He acted in a Marathi TV serial Shriyut Gangadhar Tipare, in which he portrayed an elderly member of a middle class Indian family. The serial covered social issues faced by common man in day-to-day life.Double role as Anna and the mother-in-law in Pradeep Dalvi's farce Vasuchi Sasu.
The Old Rajabhau in Chook Bhool Dyavi Ghyavi, a light comedy written by Prabhavalkar.
The caring, possessive father in Ratnakar Matkari's drama Jawai Maza Bhala.
The senile Nana in Jaywant Dalvi's Sandhyachhaya.
The double role of the debonair, flirtatious Raje and a local constable in Prof. Toradmal's Kalam 302 (adaptation of Sleuth).
The alcoholic barrister in Ratnakar Matkari's Ghar Tighancha Hava (a play on the life of Tarabai Modak).
The nondescript but determined common man in P. L. Deshpande's Ek Zunj Waryashi (an adaptation of The Last Appointment).
The father of a disabled son in Jaywant Dalvi's Natigoti.
Six characterisations in Hasvaphasvi, a comedy written by Prabhavalkar.
A buck-toothed apparently harmless man who in reality is a twisted, evil man in Salsood.
A naive, innocent schoolteacher who is assisted by a ghost in Ek Dav Bhutacha.
He was awarded the prestigious Bal Gandharva Puraskar (award) in June 2006
In 1972 Best Amateur Actor ("Prem Kahani") Maharashtra State Award.
In 1992, he received the Maharashtra State award for best actor for his portrayal of a disabled boy in the film Chaukat Raja.
In 1999, Filmfare Best Actor Award(Marathi) for the film Ratraaarambh
In 2008, he won National Award, for best supporting actor for 2 roles : in the cult 2006 blockbuster Lage Raho Munnabhai and Shevri, a Marathi film.
In 2010, He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution as an actor to Indian Theatre.
Natavarya Mama Pendse Puraskrut Natasamrat Ganpatrao Bhagwat Puraskar
Suvarnaratna Awards- 2015 (Best Actor)