Birth: 17-08-1957, Mumbai, India
Sachin Pilgaonkar often known by his first name Sachin, is an Indian film and television actor, director and producer.
Starting as a child actor, in Marathi film, Ha Majha Marg Ekla (1962), he went on to act in around 65 films as a child artiste, before switching to adult roles, and giving hits like Geet Gaata Chal (1975), Balika Badhu (1976), Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978) and Nadiya Ke Paar (1982) as a lead actor. He has worked in Hindi, Marathi and also in Bhojpuri cinema and has acted, produced and directed successful comedy shows on Indian television, including Tu Tu Main Main (2000) and Kadvee Khatti Meethi. Besides that he also directed several hit Marathi films starting with Mai Baap (1982), Navri Mile Navryala (1984), Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi (1988), Amchyasarkhe Aamich (1990) and Navra Mazha Navsacha (2004).
Sachin Pilgaonkar started his film career as a child artist in the Marathi film, ha maza marg ekla(1962) at the age of four. He won the National Film Award for the same. As a child actor he appeared in prominent films such as Jewel Thief and Brahmachari and Mela. As a child artiste, his best buddy was Junior Mehmood, with whom he first did the Shammi Kapoor-starrer Brahmachari as nine-year old kids and the both have done about 15 films together as child artists.
He switched to playing lead roles for a brief time with Rajshri Productions' Geet Gaata Chal. In this he paired with Sarika and the film's unexpected success made them a lead pair for other films. Some of his roles as the lead were Balika Badhu (1976), College Girl and Rajshri Productions Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se and Nadiya Ke Paar.
With Trishul, he switched back to support roles and was part of successful movies such as Sholay and Satte Pe Satta but as roles dried up he took to direction, making Marathi movies and producing TV serials. He is one the most well-known Marathi film directors. Sachin's latest movie is as a director for Rajshri's latest Jaana Pehchana, to be released in 2011.
He is married to actress Supriya Pilgaonkar, whom he first directed for his debut Marathi film, Navri Mile Navryala (1984) and subsequently became successful pair in Marathi cinema. The couple have a daughter, Shriya.