Palekar has been a recipient of many national and international awards. His film Daayra (The Square Circle) was selected as part of the “top 10 best films of the world” in 1996 by the TIME magazine. His film Paheli (The Riddle) was India’s official 2006 entry for the Best Foreign Film category at the 78th Academy Awards.
Besides his creative endeavors, Palekar is an ardent social activist in the area of environment, cultural enhancement, health and social justice. Palekar and his wife, Sandhya Gokhale, a committed lawyer and a renowned script writer, generously donated their expertise and insights to the development of the Marathi animation script, greatly enhancing the cinematic and mass appeal of the animated works.
Photo: Amol Palekar records the voice of the Marathi doctor for the TeachAIDS animation in Mumbai