Born in Mumbai, Mahesh Manjrekar is an Indian director, actor, writer and producer. He is credited with directing critically acclaimed films like `Vaastav: The Reality` (1999), `Astitva` (2000) and `Viruddh... Family Comes First` (2005). He has won a National Film Award and two Star Screen Awards.
Besides direction, he has acted in several films, including his own productions. He first gained recognition as an actor for his performance in the 2002 film, `Kaante`, and later played negative roles in the Telugu film, 'Okkadunnadu' (2007) and as the gangster Javed in the film `Slumdog Millionaire` (2008).
He played the role of 'Shivaji Maharaj' in the Marathi movie `Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy`. He started his acting career in 1984 with the Marathi play, `Aflatoon`, which paved way for him as an award winning producer with more plays like `Dhyanimani`, `Doctor Tumhisuddha`, `Gidhade`, `Akashmaat`, `All the Best` and `Asecha Amhi Sare`.
He embarked on his journey as a film maker with the award winning Marathi film, `Aai` which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Director and also bagged the Screen Videocon Award that year. His debut directorial venture was `Lalbaug Paral and City of Gold`, which released in April 2010, based on Mumbai's Mill workers' strike.
He also performed on TV, in the role of Harpist Dongara in `Aakhi Chunauti`, the series of episodes in CID.