Maharashtra State Government holds a state level drama competition

The Maharashtra State Government holds a state level drama competition every year for about last forty years. It is a phenomenon in itself. Atul participated in this competition from 1989 to 1992 and won 5 Best Actor Awards and 1 Best Director Award in these competitions.

The play 'Gandhi Viruddha Gandhi' gave Atul 8 Best Actor Awards for the year 1996. It is a record in Marathi Professional Theatre.

First National Award
Atul received his first National Award For Best Actor In A Supporting Role in the year 1999 for the film Hey Ram. K. R. Narayanan, the then Honorable President of India felicitating Atul Kulkarni
Second National Award
In the year 2002, Atul received his second National Award For Best Actor In A Supporting Role for the film Chandni Bar. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Honorable President of India felicitating Atul Kulkarni
Other Significant Awards
Aditya Birla Foundation Award
For significant contribution by a new comer in Theatre.
Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Parishad
(The All Indian Federation for Marathi Theatre) has specially felicitated Atul twice.
Nanasaheb Phatak Award
For an aspiring and promising young actor.
Screen Videocon Award
Best Actor for the Marathi film 'Dahavi F'. 
Maharashtra Times Award
Best Actor for the Marathi film 'Bhet'.
Alpha Gaurav Award
Best Actor for the Marathi film 'Bhet'. 
Maharashtra State Government Award
Best Actor in Supporting Role for the Marathi film 'Bhet'.
Filmfare Award (SOUTH)
'Best Actor in a Supporting Role " in the Kannada film Edigarike