The Turning Point
It was Amol Palekar's second or third day in the boarding school while in class tenth his school teacher had given the class an essay to write and the topic was "Pravas Varnan" (प्रवास वर्णन). The essay penned down by Amol Ji was highly appreciated and was read by his teacher in front of the whole class.
Teacher asked Amol to meet him after the class gets over. While he met his teacher after the class his teacher asked him if he had read the following book "Rutuchakra" by the prolific writer Durga Bhagwat. Teacher asked him to read this book which was there in their school library.
Teacher, also made it clear reading this book "Rutuchakra" has nothing to do with his school syllabus nor would he would be getting any extra marks for reading this book from the school library. This episode with his school teacher served to be the turning point in his life then. The first episode being his parents getting him admitted to boarding school. Might be his school teacher must have got the pulse of his artistic ability quite early in school itself post reading his essay.
After he cleared his SSC exams, Amol Palekar decided to dabble in fine arts rather than becoming a commercial artist. His father (Baba) asked him if I was prepared to lead a life of struggle and his immediate answer was yes. His parents allowed him to take the decision of his life then which indeed gave him encouragement in the odyssey of life.
Amol Palekar, passed out his Post Graduation in Fine Arts from Sir JJ School of Arts, Mumbai post which he commenced his artistic career as a painter which was distinguished by his seven one-man exhibitions along with his participation in many group shows.
Amol Palekar has not only entertained each one of us with his signature style as middle class man next door but has also captivated the ears of many music lovers even today with his toe tapping numbers.
Some of the notable numbers (if not all) from the movies where Amol Palekar is seen in the songs includes :
Gori Tera Gaaon Bada Pyara, Jab Deep Jale Aana Jab and Aaj Se Pehle (Chitchor)
Na Jane Kyon Hota Hai Yeh (Chhoti Si Baat)
Aanewala Pal Janewala Hai and Golmaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal (Gol Maal)
He firmly believes one's life is about exploration. He doesn't believe in God, Spirituality means nothing much to him. Amol Palekar came in at a time when Superstar Rajesh Khanna and angry young man Amitabh Bachchan were at their peak. Be it his short innings of a shy or as a middle class hero but for the common masses Amol Palekar gave a good family entertainment whom we still remember as the young Tony Braganza.