Makarand Deshpande is an Indian actor, director, writer, and producer who works in various languages like Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. He is mainly known for his theatre performances. Here is detailed information about him.
Makarand was born on 6 March 1966 in Dahanu, Maharashtra, India. He currently resides in Vile Parle, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Since childhood, he has an interest in writing and started writing plays when he was in college. As of 2018, he did more than 90 plays during his theatre career including short and full-length plays. For his acting, he received the South Indian International Movie Award twice in 2012 for Best Actor in a Negative Role for his films Dandupalya (Kannada) and No. 66 Madhura Bus (Malayalam).
He is known for his unusual outfits and hairstyle. He is approximately 6’ tall and weighs around 70 kg. He has dark brown eyes and salt & pepper hair.
Family & Wife
He was born in a middle-class Hindu family. Initially, Makarand got engaged to his long-time girlfriend to an actress Sonali Kulkarni, but the duo broke their engagement in 2006. In 2016, he got married to writer Nivedita Pohankar after being in a relationship for a few years.
Makarand Deshpande did his schooling at B. P. M. High School, Mumbai, and graduation from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai. During his college days, he started writing plays for intercollegiate competitions. He started his acting career in 1988 by playing the role of Baba in the Bollywood film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. Apart from Bollywood, Makarand has also acted in many other language films like Dandupalya (Kannada, 2012), Jalsa (Telugu, 2008), No. 66 Madhura Bus (Malayalam, 2012), Rita (Marathi, 2009), etc.
In 1990, he started working as a theatre artist at Prithvi Theatre and did numerous plays. Later, he met with the actor Kay Kay Menon and they together started a theatre, Ansh Theatre Group in 1993. He then made his production debut with the full-length play Dream Man. In his theatre, Makarand Deshpande wrote, directed, and produced numerous famous plays like Sir Sir Sarla (2006), Karodo Mein Ek (2008), Miss Beautiful (2009), Joke (2009), Dev Vanar, Vasant Ka Teera Youvan, etc.
He has also written and directed some films like Danav (2003), Hanan (2004), Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu (2010), Sona Spa (2013), and Saturday Sunday (2014).
In 2011, he was one of the judges of the Marathi reality TV show Marathi Paul Padate Pudhe.
In 2013, Makarand participated in the sports reality entertainment TV show Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) Season 3, as a player of Veer Marathi team.
Because of his great voice, he got chance to sung the songs for films like Jungle (2000), Ek Aur Visphot (2002), Supari (2003), and Naach (2004).
- Makarand Deshpande released his limited edition book titled, Ansh Theatre Group.
- He would like to play the character of an Indian painter late Raja Ravi Verma.
- Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor are his all-time favourite actors, and Aishwarya Rai is his favourite actress.
- Makarand loves singing and his all-time favourite singers are Udit Narayan and Sonu Nigam.
- He also loves travelling and some of his favourite places are Jaipur, Bhopal, and Lucknow.
- His favourite playwrights are Vijay Tendulkar, William Shakespeare, Luigi Pirandello, and Rabindranath Tagore.
- His favourite sports are Cricket and Kho Kho.