Nana Patekar in reel life is an angry man, who can flare up and take on the system for a cause - but in real life he's unwilling to raise his voice and protest. Asked why he doesn't protest or at least comment he said: "What should I comment on, against whom should I protest? I don't do or say anything because I don't have team or party." He added: "If I say something you will support me. After I say it, if I am threatened, beaten or if someone breaks my head, you will still support me, but you'll be inside your house.
If Nana is stabbed, murdered, burnt alive, then also you will support me, but won't come out because you are worried about yourself. So why should Nana die? I think we should all protest but together. We don't need to throw stones at one another, murder them or rape them, nothing but just speak against them. You are in media; beyond your job you are a very sensitive human being. It is everyone's problem and we should fight it together."
He said the accusation that he is media shy is not true and revealed he does not stay in Mumbai if he is not working because it's tough for him to cope with the kind of lifestyle the city demands. "I am not media shy, but I don't stay in the city. When I am working only then I am in the city. My home is in Pune, below Seemagarh (fort). I have a nice house. It's very difficult to cope with this (Mumbai) kind of life," he said.