Nilu Phule had acted in about 130 films, including some Hindi movies, and a number of Marathi plays.
He played the baddie in many a film, but still received love and appreciation from his audience. He had a unique style and had a different way of delivering his dialogues, that set him apart. He was principally known for his black cap - black coat - dhoti look worn with a lopsided smile.
The legendary actor completed around 40 years in the film industry and had performed in about 138- 140 marathi movies as well as 12 hindi movies. He had received awards from the Maharashtra Govt.
He was awarded the 'Sahitya Sangit Academy' award by the the President of India and 'Natyadarpan award for the drama called 'Suryasta'.
Nilu Phule began his career in folk drama as a hobby and it was only later that he entered in professional folk drama.
His first marathi cinema was "Ek Gaav Baara Bhanagadi". Fortunately this movie became a hit and thereafter helped him establish his career in Marthi films.
He is remembered for his work in a number of Hindi films, of which the most memorable are Coolie, Naram Garam, Saaransh.