Anant Nag

  Hindi,Marathi Film     Main Lead, Supporting Actor    04 Sep 1948

Anant Nag made his film debut in the year 1973 with the movie Kannada outing Sankalpa.  
Born on 4th September , 1948 (age 68 years)
Screen Name/ Original Name Anant Nag ( Screen Name) / Anant Nagarkatti( Real Name)
Parents Sadanand Nagarkatte & Anandi Nagarkatti
Siblings Late Shankar Nag ( director) and sister Shamala
Spouse Gayatri Nag ( 1987-present)
Children Aditi Nag ( Daughter)
Early Life Anant Nag was Born in Bombay to a Konkani speaking family with two siblings, who later relocated to Karnataka. Anant Nag did his schooling from a school in AnandAshram in Kasorgod dist in Kerala , after which he went on to pursue his higher education from Bombay where he developed taste for theatre activities which landed him in many Kannada, Marathi and Konkani plays at the time. His role of Chaitanye Mahaprabhu in a Kannada play  and subsequent roles in other key Kannada and Konkani theatre plays led to him receiving two film offers in 1973 , which he finally obliged making his debut in the same year in Kannada cinema.  
Personal Life Anant Nag was married to Punjabi and Kannada actress Gayatri Nag with whom he shared screen in movies like Auto Raja and the relationship subsequently led to their marriage in the year 1987. The couple has a daughter Aditi Nag.
Career Film debut and rise to prominence ( 1973- 1980)   Anant Nag made his film debut in the year 1973 with the movie Kannada outing Sankalpa. However he rose to fame with Legendary Shyam Benegal’s directorial debut Ankur which saw him pairing with Shabana Azmi in the lead, both in their Hindi debuts. The movie which discussed the frailties of Human relationships and behaviour under various circumstances in the backdrop of a village through two key characters went on to be a huge success both critically and commercially, also going on to fetch several National Film Awards built a strong foundation for Nag’s career prospects.   The year 1975 saw him returning to home turf with potboilers like Devara Kannu and Hamsageethe. The same year he was called upon once again by Shyam Benegal for his drama Flick Nishant , where he co-starred with an array of parallel cinema stalwarts like Girish Karnad, Amrish Puri, Shabana Azmi , Smita Patil and many more in the lead. He was seen coming up with a high spirited act in the landmark parallel house production. He then appeared in offbeat ventures such as Manthan, Bayalu Daari, Kanneshwara Rama, Sandharba,Madhura Sangama,Minchina Ota, in various languages like Hindi, Kannada, Telugu made him a well-known face in Indian cinematic geography with all of these turning out to be major critical and commercial hits of the period from 1976 to 1980.     Ensuing releases in the career peak phase  ( 1980- 1990)   Anant Nag then went on to make his roots strong in Kannada film industry by delivering strong spirited performances in an array of hits. The mythological comedy NaradaVijaya where he played the title role of celestial  figure “Narada”, MareyadaHaadu , BaadadoHoo and many more which were supreme musical hits and saw him catapulting to immense career growth in a blink of an eye. In the meantime he also made major Bollywood appearances in critically acclaimed movies like Gehrayee, Shyam Benegal’s Kalyug, where he was seen coming up with a towering act as a part of the epic tale of Intrigue and plotting between two business familes. He then went on to be part of Kannada movies like Bara, NannaDevaru, Anveshane, KaamanBillu and saw him being more engaged in Kannada cinema with an array of releases.     Shift back to Kannada cinema in supporting roles ( 1984- 1990)   Anant Nag concentrated on Kannada films in the mid nineteen eighties which he started off by starting off with movies like Ramapuran Ravana, OlavuMoodidga, Accident, BidulgadeyaBedi,SedinaHaki, HosaNeeru, Aruna Raaga and many more which saw him cashing in on his star repute in the Kannada film industry and all of them had in experimenting in his choice of roles. His other Kannada releases of the time were: Avasthe AthirathaMaharatha Shanti Nivasa Ranadheera BalonduBhavageethe IduSaadhya Gagana Golmaal Radakrishna( Best Actor at Karnataka State Film Awards) Abhimanyu GaneshanaMaduve ( Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor) Gauri Ganesha ( Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor) Shanti Kranti Raat ( Hindi)   Other  supporting role releases ( 2000- 2016)   Krishna Leele Preethse Andhra Hendthi Chitra Neela Maya Anahat( Marathi production) Stumble ( English production) Khushi Yuva Uppi Dada M.B.B.S Sajni Aramane TajMahal Pancharangi DhanDhanaDhan Myna Sakkare VaastuPrakaara   His latest releases were the movies GodhiBannaSadharanaMykattu, Jaggu Dada, Crazy Boy, Sanu Straight Forward in the year 2016. Anant Nag’s upcoming film is the sequel release Googly 2.  
Awards Anant Nag has received the following Awards in his career:
Filmfare Awards South Best Actor for the Kannada film Naa NinnaBidalaare in 1979. Best Actor for the Kannada film Bara in 1982. Best Actor for the Kannada film Hendthighelbedi in 1989. Best Actor for the Kannada movie Gauri Ganesha in 1991.   Karnataka State Film Awards: Anant Nag has honoured with the prestigious Dr.Vishnuvardhan Award for Lifetime Achievement in the year 2011 for his contributions in Indian cinema.  Best Actor Award for the movie  Minchina Ota in 1979 Best Actor Award for the movie HosaNeeru in 1985 Best Actor Award for the movie Avasthe in 1987. Best Actor Award for the movie GangavvaGangamayi in 1994.  
Other works Anant Nag is also a highly influential figure in Karnataka politics and is associated with the Janata Party. He has served as the Minister of BDA  in Malleswaram constituency in the year 1994. Anant Nag has appeared in Television also throughout his career. His first TV Series were in 1987 adapted Hindi Malgudi Days which had him for 54 episodes and was premiered on DD National and Sony TV. His other Television ventures were Garva, PreetiIllada Mele, Chitte Hejje, Nithyotsava and Lottery all in Kannada which premiered in the channels Zee Kannada and ETV Kannada.
Milestones Anant Nag is considered one of the most accomplished actors of Kannada cinema. In a career spanning over three decades has been part of classic movies like Ankur, Nishant, Kalyug, Anahat, and many more in Hindi too. He is one of the few actors who have been able to build a name for himself in Bollywood coming from south Indian Kannada film industry. Anant Nag is one of the most celebrated figures from both a political perspective as well.