Name: Mahesh Manjrekar (Mahesh Waman Manjrekar)
Birthday: 16th August, 1953
Marital Status: Married to Medha Manjrekar. They have two children named Ashwami and Satya Manjrekar
Awards: Mahesh Manjrekar has been the recipient of the National Award for Best Regional Film (Marathi) for his film Astitva, as well as the Screen Weekly Awards for Best Story (Marathi) for the same film. He was also awarded the IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for the film Kaante.
Trivia: A talented director, producer, writer and actor, Mahesh Manjrekar has been in the theatre and film industry for over two decades now, and has successfully made a mark for himself. He has acted in several movies, portraying mainly grey characters in various films.
Biography: Mahesh Manjrekar is a powerhouse of talent. He has been displaying his talent ever since he started out as an actor and producer in Marathi theatre. His first Marathi play was Aflatoon in 1984, for which he received much recognition. Subsequently, his true talent was brought out in the form of plays like Dhyanimani, Gidhade, All the Best, and so on.
Mahesh Manjrekar made his mark in the Hindi cinema with his first film Vaastav: The Reality. He was the director of this film, which starred Sanjay Dutt and Namrata Shirodkar in the lead roles, and revolved around Mumbai underworld. The film was quite successful both commercially and critically, and was awarded with many prestigious awards like Filmfare, Screen Weekly and IIFA.
His success followed in the year 2000 in the form of Astitva, which was made in Hindi and Marathi and starred Tabu, Sachin Khedekar and Ravindra Mankani in important roles. This film won him the National Award for Best Film in Marathi along with the Star Screen Award for Best Story as well as the Star Screen Special Jury Award for the same.
The talented director- producer also became renowned for his other films like Kurukshetra, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai, Hathyar, Pyaar Kiya Nahi Jaatha, and many more, but these were commercially not very successful. He then started acting in Hindi films in 2003 with Sanjay Gupta’s film Kaante, in which he played the role of a drug peddler. Manjrekar’s versatility was seen when he directed films like Rakht, Viruddh… Family Comes First, and Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi to name a few. He forayed into Bengali cinema with Mithun Chakraborty starrer film Ami Shubhash Bolchi. He has also directed Marathi films like Fakta ladh Mhana, Kaksparsh and Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy, of which the last set a record opening at the time of its release.
Mahesh Manjrekar has proved his talent only in the films he has directed and produced, but also in the films he has acted in. Be it Hindi films like Musafir, Dus Kahaniyaan, Slumdog Millionaire, Wanted, Teen Patti, Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard and Oh My God, or Telugu films like Okkadunnadu and Don Seenu, or even the Marathi films produced by him, audiences have witnessed his amazing talent in a variety of genres.
The versatile filmmaker and actor has also been seen in quite a few television appearances, popular ones being celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and crime series C.I.D. He has also lent his voice to some songs of his Hindi and Marathi films. His upcoming films include Shootout at Wadala, Himmatwala and Beed Cha Raaja.