Birth: 03-03-1966 ,
Makarand Deshpande is an Indian actor, writer and director in Hindi and Marathi films and theatre. He is often seen in supporting/pivotal roles in various films including 'Jungle', 'Sarfarosh', 'Swades', 'Makdee' and 'Darna Zaroori Hai'. He has directed over 5 films, including 'Hanan', 'Danav' and 'Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu'.

The bulk of his work, however, has been related to theatre. He has written 19 full-length plays and 12 short plays.

Makrand is known to have an unconventional personality. He often plays roles of a drunkard in his performances.