While his acting prowess in known to one and all, there is yet another side to Nana which few know about. Not many know the fact that Nana Patekar has studied figurative Art from J.J.School of Arts. He has always been very fond of art since childhood and was planning to pursue a career in the same field. Although destiny had something else in store for him and he found himself doing good theatre.
Nana however continued with his penchant for sketching in a very productive manner. He started to help the police force and worked closely with them during the Mumbai riots, which was of great help to them. Even post the riots, Nana offered help to the police as and when required.
In his upcoming film Shagird, Nana plays a cop based in Delhi. The film has been shot at various locations in Delhi, including the famous India Gate. However, shooting at various high security locations was never a problem for the unit of Shagird because of the good relations Nana shared with the police, he got blanket permission to shoot at these locations. The long procedures of paper work and permissions were saved, not only this, Delhi Police force extended great help and security towards the veteran actor.
Tigmanshu Dhulia says, “While shooting for the film, I usually found the Police to be very warm to Nana Patekar. I thought for a long time it was because they love him as an actor, however later I realised that he had a very special bond with the cops and thus permissions never were a hassle for us.”
Shagird is set to release on the 13th May, 2011.