Shashank Shende, hailing from Pune is a versatile personality who is an actor, director as well as a writer. He has been a part of both Hindi as well as Marathi films. An interesting fact about him is that he is an affiliate of an experimental theatre group called Samanvay. He is well known as an actor who does unconventional roles in movies that are critically acclaimed, the same kind like Nawazuddin Siddique. He has done various successful Marathi films like Pangira-about a small village affected by severe water shortage, Deool – which is about the consequences of globalisation on small towns.
Also, he won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film, Jagran, which again highlights farmer’s issues, Tuhya Dharma Koncha?- which tells the story of a tribal family caught in the chains of society and religion and Bhatukali. In the Bollywood industry, he made his debut with the film Kaminey, directed by
. Due to his successful portrayal, he gained a lot of popularity and went on to play pivotal roles in movies like
Stanley Ka Dabba
which is about a small child who doesn’t bring a tiffin to school and his teacher who asks him to bring one if he wishes to stay in the school. There is another mention-worthy movie
in which a group of small children struggles to save a stray dog. The movie Force is about a drug dealer who wishes for vengeance against a police unit, Ishqiya - it is about a man and his nephew who fall for the same woman, City of Gold - which is about the struggles of a family due to the shutdown of Mumbai’s mills.
There is yet another movie Hate Story 2 which is about the revenge of a woman against a politician, all of which are critically acclaimed movies. His most recent film has been Khwada, which has been widely appreciated and lauded and has also bagged two awards at the 62nd
National Film Awards
, apart from being awarded and acclaimed at the Pune International Film Festival.