Birthday: 07-03-1932
Date of death: 15-06-2004
Star sign: Aries

Kanti Madiya was an Indian Actor. He has predominantly worked in the Hindi Cinema. However, he can also be frequently seen in Gujarati Film Industry aka Dhollywood. He was born on the 7th of March in the year 1932. Apart from making his mark in the acting circuit, he was also a producer, director and playwright. His start in the industry was very conventional as he took the tried and verified path of entering the theater, and learning the basic fundamentals of acting. He has revealed in several interviews, that his experience in theater helps him enhance his performance on the big screen. Also working on the stage, helped him understand the backstage work and to eventually pursue his fantasy of becoming a director.

He always had interest writing but didn’t get an opportunity to write for the big screen. However, he has written several plays and stage skits. At the age of 72, on 15th of June in the year 2004, Kanti Madiya passed away. His acquaintances and well-wishers which included the top-notch celebrities from the Film Industry gathered to mourn the impeccable actor and director. He is survived by his wife only. Kanti Madiya was born in an orthodox Jain family. He is a native of the erstwhile large state of Lathi. His family did not support his decision to enter the world of acting. After trying his best to negotiate with his family and not succeeding, he joined theater amidst family opposition. In the year 1948, he moved to the film city of India, Mumbai and enrolled at Bhavan’s College.

He won a tonne of awards and prizes for his performance as a director and actor. He joined the industry professionally in the year 1952. His first play Raakhna Ramakada was a blockbuster. To enhance his involvement in theater, he founded and used to run the Bohemians Theater Company. Over 30 productions have been directed by him, including the 1979 Bollywood hit movie Kashino Dikro which won a lot of acclaims. In the subsequent year, he founded the esteemed Kavyasampada poetry club which was an extension and a tribute to his love for writing. His work was appreciated by intellectuals but groups of self-acclaimed moral custodians of the then orthodox society attacked and criticised his style of work. Some of his noteworthy work includes 1998’s Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, 1999’s Thakshak and the veteran 1987 hit Railakshmi.


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