Mahesh Manjrekar is a renowned actor, director and producer in Marathi cinema. The actor has been in the film industry and theatre for over two decades now and is considered to be a powerhouse of talent. With films like Vaastav and Astitva, he made a mark for himself as a director. Afterwards, he made Virudh with
Amitabh Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore.
This director wanted to re-make another Marathi movie’ Kaksparsh’ (2012) with Amitabh Bachchan but it did not materialize. Besides directing Hindi movies, he was best –known for playing over-the-top antagonists as inspector D.R. Talpade in film ‘
Salman Khan, and even as Gangster Javed in Oscar –winner
Slumdog Millionaire. Thus, he brought to life a series of iconic real-world and fictional villains in a series of films, He surprised everyone by playing a villain role in a Telugu film ‘Okkadunnadu’ and ‘
Homam’. In 2014, he also had acted in a Bengali movie ‘
Mithun Chakraborty. He also impressed the audiences with the comic role in ‘
Kaante’ as a drug-dealer Bali. He reached a new audience with heroic roles as ‘Shivaji Maharaj’ in Marathi cinema with ‘Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy’.
The eminent Director - Producer also became famous for films like Rakht, ‘Viruddh… Family Comes First’, and’ Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi’ to name a few. In many of his Hindi films, he had cast
Sanjay Dutt. The director is keen to direct Salman Khan provided that actor makes a mark in regional Marathi cinema now. Whether Mahesh Manjrekar has acted in films or directed films or even produced a film, audiences have just witnessed his astonishing talent in a variety of genres. The actor-cum-director won national award for Vaastav and won many applauds too.
Very recently, he scored the coveted role of the chief minister in Singham-2, giving him a recognition in one of the highest grossing films after ‘Wanted’. The director fully understands the kind of films that he makes and has said once that he always highlights social and economic fabric of the society. The actor-cum-director was born on August 16, 1958, and is married to Medha Manjrekar. He is a happily married person having two children and residing in Mumbai now.