Kiran Mane is an Indian actor and writer who primarily appears in Marathi films and television shows. In October 2022, he appeared as a contestant in the reality television show Bigg Boss Marathi season 4 on Colors Marathi. He made headlines for constantly sharing his political and social opinions against political party leaders on social media.
Kiran Mane was born on 5 April in Baramati, Maharashtra, India. His zodiac sign is Aries. Kiran attended Bharat Mata Vidya Mandir in Satara, Maharashtra. He pursued his graduation at Satara Polytechnic College in Songaon, Maharashtra.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information available about Kiran’s parents.
He has two brothers, one of his brothers’ names is Amrut Mane. Kiran has two sisters, Kavita Mane and Kirti Mane.
Wife & Children
Kiran Mane is married to Lalita Mane.
Together, they have a daughter, Eesha Mane, and a son, Aarush Mane.
Kiran Mane resides in 40, Gurukrupa housing society, Shahunagar, Satara, Maharashtra.
Since childhood, Kiran aspired to become an actor. To support his family financially, Kiran dropped his dream of becoming an actor and started to work at his shop named “Kiran Automotive,” which was situated on the highway in his hometown, Satara.
While working at the shop, he saw an advertisement in the newspaper for Satyadev Dubey’s acting workshop. Kiran decided to pursue his career in acting, and he enrolled himself on the course.
Initially, he started his acting career by performing in plays and stage shows. He acted in a few theatrical productions like Perfect Mismatch, Shree Tashi Sou, Govind Ghya Gopal Ghya, Manomilan, MaayLeki, Chal Tuji Seat Pakki, and Jund. Kiran acted, directed, and wrote the play Ti Geli Tevha.
In 2005, Kiran made his Bollywood debut with the film Apaharan in which he played the role of the doctor’s brother. Later, he appeared in a few Marathi films On Duty 24 Taas (2010), Swarajya (2011), Shrimant Damodar Pant (2013), and Kanha (2016).
In August 2022, he appeared in the Marathi film Takatak 2.
In 1998, Kiran appeared in the television show Pimpalpaan on Zee Marathi, Later, he appeared in a few Marathi television shows like Lakshmi V/S Saraswati on Star Pravah (2015), Majhya Navaryachi Bayko as Shirish on Zee Marathi (2016), and Bheti Lagi Jeeva Sony Marathi (2018). In 2020, Kiran shot to fame when he played the role of Vilas Patil in the television show Mulgi Zali Ho on Star Pravah.
In 2022, he appeared as a contestant in the reality show Big Boss Marathi season 6 on Colors Marathi.
In June 2019, Kiran appeared in the Marathi web series Majhya Mitrachi Girlfriend on YouTube.
In July 2021, Kiran was featured in the music video Mazhya Vitthala, which is sung by Adarsh Shinde on YouTube.
Ousted from the television show Mugli Zali Ho
On 13 January 2022, Kiran Mane was ousted from the Marathi television show Mulgi Zali Ho in which he played the role of Vilas Patil. The makers of the show accused him of inappropriate behaviour with the female co-actors on the sets. In an interview, the makers of the show revealed the reason behind his removal from the show and said,
The production house has confirmed that the decision to dismiss Mr. Mane from the show was on account of his misconduct with several co-artists on the show, in particular, the female protagonist of the show. Several complaints were made by his co-actors, director, and other unit members of the show against his continuous disrespectful and offensive behaviour towards them. Despite numerous warnings given to Mr. Mane he continued to behave in the same manner violating the basic decency and decorum on the sets of the show. Given our zero-tolerance policy for any kind of disrespectful behaviour towards women, we support the decision to dismiss him from the show.
Kiran, without any prior notice, was asked by the production house not to report for shooting. In an interview, Kiran denied all the allegations made against him and said,
I have never ever done anything. I don’t understand why they woke up suddenly and started blaming me. The statement which the channel has issued is completely baseless. There is no truth in their statement. I have never behaved badly with any co-actors. The channel does not have anything to say now and that is why to clear their side, they are putting these allegations on me. My female co-actors were like my sisters. I had a fight with my co-actor Sharvani Pillai, a long time ago, over the latter’s confession. Apart from this, I have never had a tiff with anybody. If they had a problem with my behavior then why didn’t they file any complaint against me? Why haven’t they communicated to me about these complaints? Is it right to fire someone who was playing a main role in the show overnight without giving a proper reason? The makers should have heard my side before axing me from the show.”
Reportedly, according to him, the main reason for dropping him from the show was not his unacceptable or offensive behaviour, but his remarks, which he often made against the political party Bhartiya Janta Party and the 14th prime minister of India Narendra Modi, through his posts on social media. Kiran shared a post on social media, which was about Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab on 5 January 2022, which was cancelled by him due to a security breach. Without naming him or referring to the incident, Kiran criticised the prime minister, and he tweeted in Marathi, which read,
Despite having one or two in the audience, we never cancelled our theatre show. We always tried to show that the show was houseful and returned home. Our chest is full of courage.”
Kiran alleged that the BJP government is the reason behind his removal from the television show as he shared his political opinion against them. In an interview, Keshav Upadhye, chief spokesperson of BJP, Maharashtra, denied the allegation Kiran made about the BJP government and said,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several BJP leaders are trolled on social media…If someone wants to become big by attacking them, so be it… We respect freedom of expression. Mane’s allegations are false. No BJP leader is behind his removal. It is an issue between the channel and the actor and we have nothing to do with it. He should respond to their allegations rather than trying to drag the BJP into this unrelated controversy,”
Nationalist Congress Party’s member, Dhananjay Munde, accused the channel Star Pravah and tweeted in support of Kiran Mane. According to Dhananjay, Kiran used his freedom of expression, and he accused the channel of cultural terrorism as he was dropped from the television show without any prior notice under political pressure. Dhananjay tweeted in favour of Kiran, which read,
An actor like Kiran Mane expresses himself about political topics as he has got freedom of speech. But Star Pravah has removed him due to political pressures and trolling. This is a sign of falling prey to cultural terrorism.”
Several people came in support of Kiran, and they posted tweets on social media in favour of him.
Are we living in an undeclared emergency?
— Bilal Ahmed (@BilalAhmedNgp) January 13, 2022
On 31 January 2022, Kiran filed a defamation case against Panorama Production House and demanded a compensation of Rs 5 crore alleging that the accusations made against him were false, which caused him a financial and personal loss.
In an interview, Kiran disapproved of the allegation made against him for criticizing the leaders of the BJP government and said,
Read all my (Facebook) posts. You will not find the poison of casteism anywhere. You will not find that I have criticised anyone by hitting below the belt. When we used to work in theatre, we used to criticise Indira Gandhi and Rajeev Gandhi. Even Congress leaders used to applaud us for that. They didn’t say that you should not criticise us or (make) any such threat. But now even if we write one sentence, we are threatened by saying ‘How can you write this?’”
Awards and Nominations
- 2009: Nominated for Best Actor Award at Zee Gaurav Puraskaar
- 2010: Best Actor Award at the MaTa Sanman awards
- 2013: Nominated for Best Actor Award at Zee Gaurav Puraskaar
- 2013: Nominated for Best Actor in Supporting Role at MaTa Sanman Awards
- 2013: Best Actor in Supporting Role Award at Sanskruti Kala Darpan Awards
- 2016: Sanskriti Kaladarpan Award
- 2018: National Art Award at Rashtriya Kala Samman Awards
- 2019: Gadima Mandeshi Award by Aadhar Foundation
- 2020: Best Actor Award for the Marathi play Jund
- Awarded with ‘Rajarshi Shahu Puraskar’ and ‘Master Naresh Purskar’ awards by Akhil Bhartiya Natya Parishad
- Won Roupya-Padak Award three times at the Maharashtra State Drama Competition
- Quote: “In every man, there are ten and twenty men. Whoever wants to see, see many times”
- Kiran follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- After being dropped from the serial Mulgi Zali Ho, Kiran Mane was depressed as he did not get any work opportunities for a few months. During one of the episodes of the Big Boss Marathi season 4, Kiran expressed his gratitude for selecting him for the reality show and said,
A few days ago, a few crooked and cunning people from the industry tried their best to keep me away from fame despite being a deserving person. They pushed me into the dark side but you showed me the light and fame again. For 6 months, I was heartbroken. The cunning people took cameras away from me but now 250 cameras are there on me in Bigg Boss.
- In January 2018, Kiran was invited as a chief spectator at the closing ceremony of the Satara Book Festival.
- In 2019, Kiran performed in the Star Pravah Parivar Awards.
- Kiran, in an interview, revealed that he doesn’t belong to any political party, he only follows the ideology of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Shahu-Phule-Ambedkar.
- In September 2022, Kiran posted a photo on his Facebook account in which he shared his look-alike with the fans.