Kshitish Date is an Indian actor, director, and writer. He works prominently in the Marathi entertainment industry. He is known for playing the character of Eknath Shinde in the 2022 biographical drama film, ‘Dharmaveer,’ directed by Pravin Tarde. In 2018, he played the role of a farmer turned criminal, Ganya, alongside Om Bhutkar in the crime drama film ‘Mulshi Pattern.’
Kshitish Date was born on 18 October in Pune, Maharashtra. His zodiac sign is Libra. He went to Panditrao Agashe School in Pune then he went on to complete MA in Visual Communication at Sir Parshurambhau College in Pune.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark brown
Kshitish Date belongs to a Marathi family in Pune, Maharashtra.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Girish Date, is a professor at the Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Pune. His mother, Rohini Date, is a housewife.
Kshitish Date with his parents
Wife & Children
Kshitish Date is married to his best friend, Rucha Apte, who is also an actor. Kshitish and Rucha got married on 25 April 2021 during the lockdown due to COVID-19. On 27 April 2021, he shared some information on Instagram regarding his wedding ceremony. Both of them asked each other two days before the wedding, “Shall we do it now or should we postpone it ??” This discussion was going on till 2 days ago. But unfortunately, there were no signs of the pandemic ending, so they decided to do it. The wedding ceremony was very responsibly organized only by the family. Despite the permission of 25 people, only 16 people had gathered. Everyone was wearing a mask. No one approached anyone without a reason. There were no friends.
Kshitish Date and Rucha Apte during their wedding ceremony
Kshitish and Rucha dated each other for many years before getting married in 2021.
Kshitish Date with his girlfriend, Rucha Apte
He has worked in experimental theatre for about 8 years and has been a part of Grips Theatre and many others. He has worked in many theatres plays as an actor. In 2017, he performed in a play titled ‘Adhure’ written and directed by Swanand Barve. He was cast opposite Anuradha Athlkekar in a lead role.
Poster of the 2017 play ‘Adhure’
In 2012, Kshitish worked on his first Marathi feature film, ‘Dhuka,’ in which he was cast as Harshu. In the 2015 short film, ‘…And Buddha Smiled!,’ he lent his voice as an office peon in the film. ‘Bappache Gharich Visarjan Surakshit Visarjan’ is a 2020 drama short film in which he played the character of Satish Dubhashi alongside Sachin Khedekar, Shruti Marathe, and Om Bhutkar.
Poster of 2015 short film ‘…And Buddha Smiled’
In 2016, he made his TV debut with the Marathi comedy-drama series ‘Bun Maska.’ ‘Ti Fulrani’ is a drama TV show released in 2018 in which he played the character of Anay. In 2018, he appeared in a drama series titled ‘Devashappath.’ In the following year, he was cast to play the role of Bapurao in the biographical action TV series, ‘Gondya Ala Re,’ in which he was cast alongside Parth Ketkar and Shalva Kinjawadekar. In the 2020 comedy TV mini-series, ‘High Time,’ he appeared as a guy named Bipin.
Kshitish Date on the poster of the 2019 TV series ‘Gondya Ala Re’
He began his acting career by playing a cameo role in the 2017 film, ‘Zindagi Virat,’ directed by Sumit Sanghamitra. In the same year, he was cast in a drama film ‘Maza BhirBhira.’ In the 2019 biographic film, ‘Bhai – Vyakti Ki Valli 2’ which was directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, he was cast as Satish Dubhashi. In 2022, he acted in a biopic based on the life of late Shiv Sena leader Anand Dighe titled ‘Dharmaveer.’ He played the role of Eknath Shinde alongside Prasad Oak.
Poster of the 2022 film ‘Dharmaveer’
In 2017, he directed a Hindi play, ‘Item,’ produced by 10-year-old Natak Company. In an interview, Kshitish shared some insights about the play. Regarding the creation of the play, he said,
“Item reflects how we treat women. Media through its reach and impact has been altering our idea of gender, sex and its power structures, setting bizarre physical standards for us to follow. We desperately wanted to tell this story through this character Sapna Shetty (essayed by Deepti Kachare), an under-skilled dancer who is chosen by a filmmaker to be the heroine for his film. She eventually becomes a superstar in B grade film industry. Over the years, she exposes her body for performances and gradually starts believing that she is a great actor and that her fans adore her acting skills. So deeply ingrained this is in Sapna that while making a comeback after a setback, she declares that her return is no less than that of Amitabh Bachchan.”
On being asked about using a bed as a metaphor to depict how the industry works, he stated,
In the play, the camera, plots, the story and its sub text, dim lights, dirty props, polished chairs, men and women, all revolve around the bed. It becomes the central character. In B grade film industry, there is barely any storyline and logical dialogues with the final aim being to show a man and a woman in bed.”
On 27 October 2018, his play was shown at the Old World Theatre Festival held at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.
Poster of the 2017 play, ‘Item,’ directed by Kshitish
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- His play, Item, won an award for Best Play at the 13th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) in 2018.
‘Item’ showing at the 13th edition of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) in 2018
- His play, ‘Item,’ won an Award for Best Play along with another play ‘Nona.’ This was the first time in the history of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards that two plays received the award for Best Play, altogether.
- Along with the Best Play award, the Hindi play ‘Item’ by Kshitish Date of Natak Company also won the Best Actor in Lead Role (Male) award at the 13th META Awards for Sainath Ganuwad’s great job at portraying L. Rakesh, the on-stage narrator of the play.
Actor of the play, Sainath Ganuwad, after receiving the META Award for Best Actor in 2018