Makarand Deshpande

Veteran thespian and playwright


Makarand Deshpande is a theatre director, playwright, and actor with a contemplative, philosophical approach to his craft. He has written several influential plays that convey the abstract and surreal nature of existence.

From 1990, Deshpande made his career working at Prithvi Theatre with support from Sanjana Kapoor.

His contribution to theatre has been very significant, with over 50 short plays & 40 full length plays including prominent ones like ‘Sir Sir Sirla’, ‘Joke’, ‘Maa In Transit', ‘Krishna Kidding’ and ‘Shakepearcha Mhatara’. 

His play, ‘Patni’  with Niladri Kumar has been a sensational hit across the country. His passion for theatre led him to open the Ansh Theatre Group in the year 1993, along with Kay Kay Menon.

He is noted for his impactful & diverse roles in Bollywood movies like ‘Jungle’, ‘Sarfarosh’, ‘Swades’ ‘Makdee’ , ‘Darna Zaroori Hai’ and many more.

He has directed over 5 films including the thriller ‘Sona Spa’ & ‘Saturday Sunday’, a Marathi film in 2014 and is part of the romantic sports movie 'Liger' releasing in August 2022. 

He is someone with a quirky personality, unusual looks, power-packed acting skills and a distinct wit that cannot be missed.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

He won the South Indian International Award for the ‘Best Actor in a Negative Role’ for ‘Dandupalya’ and ‘No. 66 Madhura Bus’

He is truly rated and highly regarded as one of the finest names of the Marathi and Hindi theater industry. Not just for his own skill set, he is also known to have groomed many talented young actors and his legacy continues even today.

Why Makarand Deshpande ?

He is a strong believer in his craft as he doesn’t conform to the norms and is not afraid to experiment with subjects that are unconventional and eclectic. 

His journey of passion and determination in building his career in Bollywood and theatre is an inspiration for many emerging actors.

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