Amol Palekar is an Indian actor of the 1970s ear, and also a director of Hindi and Marathi cinema. Palekar made his debut in 1971 with the noted Marathi film 'Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe' directed by Satyadev Dubey, which started the 'New Cinema Movement' in Marathi. In 1974, he was cast as an actor by Basu Chatterjee in 'Rajnigandha', and a surprise low-budget hit, 'Chhoti Si Baat'. This led to many other such roles in "middle-class" comedies, mostly alternative cinema. These were often directed by Chatterjee or Hrishikesh Mukherjee and include films such as 'Gol Maal' and 'Naram Garam'. He won the Filmfare Best Actor Award for 'Gol Maal'. In 1982, he performed in the Malayalam movie `Olangal`, which was remade in Hindi as `Masoom`. He turned to direction with the Marathi film, `Aakriet`. He showed his capabilities as a director with his movie, `Paheli`, which was India's official entry in the race for Best Foreign Film at the 2006 Oscars.