Mahesh Kothare is a yesteryear Marathi and Hindi actor and is one of the revolutionary and visionary person in the Marathi Film Industry. He was born on September 28 1953 in Mumbai. He began his acting career at a young age by doing two Hindi films, but neither of them were a box-office success.
He then decided to focus on Marathi films and did note-worthy roles. He has dabbled in genres like action, comedy and horror. Some of the movies that he worked on are Raja Aur Runk, Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani, Zapatlela 2, Safar, Dubhang, Chota Jawan, Ideachi Kalpana, Gupchup Gupchup, Ved Laavi Jeeva,
, Full 3 Dhamal, De Danadan, Zabardast, Thartharat, Shubha Mangal Saavadhan, Dhadakebaaz, Khabardar, Jiwalagaa, Pachhadlela, Zapatlela, Khatarnak, Majha Chakula, Dhangad Dhinga, and Masoom.
He has also directed some of the aforementioned movies. He tasted commercial success in the year 1985 with the motion picture Dhumdhadaka. Just like how
is famous for his character Prem, or
Shah Rukh Khan
for Raj, similarly, Mahesh's portrayal of police inspector
managed to make his place in the hearts of the Maharashtrian people.
His 1993 horror movie Zapatlela, became exceptionally popular and was one of the few horror movies in the Marathi language that achieved commercial success. He has been working in the film industry for twenty years now. People call him the revolutionary of the Marathi Industry because he made use of graphics, CGI, 3D using split-beam technology, and other such effects which no one had ever attempted to do before in Marathi film industry. His collaboration and friendship with his contemporaries
are also very popular.
He is also the owner of Kothare Vision production house which produces mythological, thrillers or dramatic TV shows like
and much more. As a producer, he would invest large lumps of money in his projects which most people in regional cinema are wary of doing so.
He has bagged several awards like Best Director Filmfare award for his movie Dhumdhadaka, Best Director Maharashtra State award and Screen Awards for Mazha Chhakula and Khabardar. The Maharashtra State Awards has also honored him with a special prize for his immense contribution to the Marathi industry.
He is married to Nilima Kothare and has a son named
, who is an actor and has done a thriller TV show and a movie. He is married to
, a Marathi model, and actress.