He was one of the most renowned personalities in Marathi film industry , famous for his double entendre dialogues in movies. Kondke was born into a family owning a grocery shop and owners of chawls in Morbaug area of Mumbai which were let out. His family members were also foreman handling millworkers of Bombay Dyeing. He was credited with introducing the genre of sex comedy to Marathi cinema and Indian cinema.
Kondke was a born to and raised in a family of cotton-mill workers in a chawl in Naigaon, near Lalbaug , Mumbai. His family originally hailed from the village of Ingavali which was in the erstwhile Bhor State near Pune. Kondke and his migrant family retained close connections to their rural roots.
As a youngster, Kondke was a rough kid who later on took up job in a local grocery retail chain called Apna Bazaar. He lost most of his immediate family to unfortunate events and the grieving process changed him profoundly. These events made him focus more on the lighter side of life and make people laugh. Kondke started his entertainment career with a band and then worked as a stage actor. While working for the drama companies, Kondke toured throughout Maharashtra which helped him understand the local population's taste in entertainment.
Kondke was involved in cultural activities of Seva Dal , a Congress party volunteers organization, where he started working in dramas. During this period came in contact with various Marathi stage personalities including writer, Vasant Sabnis. Later, Kondke started his own theatre company, and approached Sabnis to compose a drama script for him. Sabnis appreciated Dada's performance in Khankhanpurcha Raja literal translation, bankrupt king , and agreed to write a modern Marathi language Tamasha or loknatya folk play Loknatya.
The drama was named Vichha Majhi Puri Kara literal translation, fulfill my wish. The drama went on to play over shows all over Maharashtra and made Dada a star. He then turned producer with Songadya in He cast himself as Namya, the simpleton who falls for the glamour of Kalavati played by Usha Chavan who is a dancer. Kondke retained his team from Songadya and delivered his next hit Eakta Jeev Sadashiv. Kondke is known for using the same team of actors, technicians and playback singers to repeat the formula for success that he believed he had got from his debut film.
Many of his movies, produced under the "Kamakshi Pictures" banner, had Usha Chavan as the lead actress, Rajesh Mujumdar as screen play writer from Pandu Hawaldar onward , Raam Laxman as music director, Jayawant Kulkarni and later Mahendra Kapoor as the male playback singer, Usha Mangeshkar as the female playback singer, and Bal Mohite as the chief assistant. Balasaheb Thackeray helped Kondke with screenings of "Songadya", a film full of sexual innuendos that many found objectionable. Thackeray's justification for supporting Kondke was that he was a Marathi "manoos" man.
Kondke was very active Shiv sainik and was able to influence many areas of rural Maharashtra due to his popularity and way of making fiery speeches to impress the masses. He was married to Nalini but they later got divorced. He did not remarry. He was rushed to Shushrusha Nursing Home, where he was declared dead on admission. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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