Aadesh Bandekar is a Marathi television-actor-turned-politician. He resides in Powai, Maharashtra. He graduated from Osmania University, Hyderabad, attaining a Degree in Commerce.
, a famous Marathi and Hindi film television actress, is his wife.
His career began with DD National where he hosted the music sequel Antakshari show, Tak Dhina Dhin. This show took DD to new heights and established Aadesh as a successful television actor of the Marathi cinema. He has hosted a couple of reality shows since. He is well-known in Maharashtra for the show titled
, which airs on Zee Marathi since 2002.
He hosted the show ‘Wow’, in 2010, which aired on ETV Marathi. DNA Ekamatra Family Show has earned him a huge supporters base. He hosted the first season of the show, Hafta Band, which was later taken over by actresses like Nimitz Sawant and
. Currently, he works as an entertainer-cum-host of the show, ‘
’, which airs on ETV Marathi. It started in 2012, and is still present. Marathi television serials like Avaghachi Sansar and Avantika, which aired on Zee Marathi, casted him as the main leads. He also made his debut in the film, ‘
’, opposite Mrinal Kulkarni.
He has got the label of being a great compare and has done it for various award shows. He has emerged as a household name among the women of Maharashtra. He is lovingly and respectably addressed as Bhauji, which means brother-in-law in English.
The actor assumed a political character and joined the political party, Shiv Sena, which is most active in the politics of Maharashtra, in 2009. He became the second person from the entertainment industry, after
, the winner of Indian Idol Season 1, to join the party.
The following year, he stood as a candidate in the State Assembly Elections from the Mahim constituency, but lost his seat to Maharashtra Navnirman's general secretary, Nitin Sardesai. For this particular period, his show was taken forward by
. He got back to the show as he lost the elections. But he continued to work for Shiv Sena, and had a detrimental and backstage role in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Elections of 2012. Bandekar has founded his own Production Company named after his son, Soham, which produces the very popular Marathi show based on crime series titled "
", that airs on Star Pravah.