Mumbai: National award winning actor Atul Kulkarni has been nominated in `Best Actor` category at the `Asia Pacific Screen Awards`, labelled as `Oscars of the East`.
The nomination comes in the wake of the `Special Mention` at the Munich Film Festival in Germany for Atul`s performance of a Tamasha dancer in critically-acclaimed Marathi movie, `Natrang`.
The 45-year-old faces competition from Australia`s veteran actor Tony Barry and Chen Daoming from China, to win the honours.
Anant Mahadevan`s Marathi directorial debut `Mee Sindhutai Sapkal`, an eponymous biopic on a noted social worker, has also been nominated for the Awards.
The jury for 4th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, to be held on December 2 at Australia`s Gold Coast, will be chaired by film critic and historian, Adrienne Mc Kibbins, and includes Australia`s film critic Russell Edwards amongst others.
In 2008, Naseeruddin Shah was one of the few Indian actors nominated for his performance in `A Wednesday` for the best actor award.