On This Day in Indian Cinema: August 8, 1932 – Dada Kondke was born

On August 8, 1932, one of the greatest artists of Indian cinema, Dada Kondke was born. Krishna Kondke, popularly known as Dada Kondke, was a renowned personality of Marathi film industry and famous for his double entendre dialogues in films.

Dada Kondke was the first one to enter in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest number of films (nine) that achieved silver jubilee status (running for 25 consecutive weeks). Dada was credited with introducing the genre of sex comedy to Marathi cinema and Indian cinema. The actor began his career with a band and then worked as a stage actor.

He had written a lot of Tamashas (Maharashtra folk play) and dramas. His first film, Vichha Majhi Puri Kara (1969) brought him into the spotlight. His film Tambdi Maati had won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi. In 1971, Dada produced a controversial film, Songadya which was full of sexual innuendos that many found objectionable. To release that film, he found help from Bal Thackeray. In return, Dada with Gajanan Shirke, helped Shiv Sena in starting the Chitrapat Shakha, Shiv Sena’s culture police.

In personal life, Dada Kondke was married to Nalini but they later got divorced. He did not remarry. On March 14, 1998, Kondke suffered a heart attack at his residence Rama Niwas in Dadar, Mumbai. In the hospital, he was declared dead.

On the birth anniversary of Dada Kondke, let’s take a look at some memorable scenes of Dada Kondke:

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