Aadesh Bandekar

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Aadesh Bandekar
Aadesh Bandekar.jpg
Residence Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai[1]
Nationality Indian
Other names Bhauji
Occupation Actor, Politician
Spouse(s) Suchitra Bandekar

Aadesh Bandekar (sometimes spelled as Adesh Bandekar, Marathi: आदेश बांदेकर) is a Marathi actor, TV host, and a Shiv Sena leader.[2][3] He is known for hosting the Marathi game show Home Minister on Zee Marathi since 2004. Along with Home Minister, since 2012 he also hosts the game show Divided on ETV Marathi.[4]



Bandekar hosted the musical Antakshari show Tak Dhina Dhin on DD National. Bandekar is known for hosting the game show Home Minister on Zee Marathi. In the show, Bandekar visits various homes and plays games with the housewives where the winner wins a Paithani sari. He is popular among the women of Maharashtra as Bhauji (English: Brother-in-law).[5] In 2009 while he contested the State Assembly elections, the show was hosted by actor Jitendra Joshi. Bandekar resumed the show in 2010 after losing the elections.[6] He has also hosted many other game shows like Hafta Band, WoW, DNA Ekamatra family Show and Divided. He has also done compering of award shows.[7]

Bandekar has worked in Marathi TV serials like Avaghachi Sansar and Avantika on Zee Marathi.[8] He debuted in films opposite Mrinal Kulkarni in the film Vishwaas.[9]

Bandekar, under his banner "Soham Productions", is also the producer of the crime-based Marathi television show Lakshya that airs on STAR Pravah.


Bandekar joined the Maharashtrian political party Shiv Sena in September 2009.[10] He became the second member of Shiv Sena from the entertainment industry after singer and Indian Idol Season 1 winner Abhijeet Sawant had previously joined it. He contested the State Assembly elections of 2009 from the Mahim constituency[11] but lost the seat to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's general secretary Nitin Sardesai.[12] He continued his work under Shiv Sena and played a backstage role in the 2012's Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Bandekar graduated from the Osmania University, Hyderabad in 1990 earning his bachelor's degree in commerce.[1] He is married to Marathi and Hindi film and television actress Suchitra Bandekar.[14] Their production house is named after their son Soham.


Year Title Role Channel
Tak Dhina Dhin Host DD National
2004 - present Home Minister Host Zee Marathi
- Eka Peksha Ek Host Zee Marathi
2010 WoW [15] Host ETV Marathi
2010 - 2011 DNA Ekamatra family Show [16] Host ETV Marathi
Hafta Band Host Zee Marathi
2012–present Divided Host ETV Marathi


- Bandekar hosted Season 1 of Hafta Band. The show was later hosted by actress Nirmiti Sawant and actor Makarand Anaspure.


  1. ^ a b "Adesh Bandekar". Myneta.com. Association for Democratic Reforms. 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Marathi film actor Adesh Bandekar joins Shiv SenaIndia Today
  3. ^ Raj distances himself after Thackeray's deathDaily News and Analysis
  4. ^ "ETV Marathi launches a new game show Divided; Adesh Bandekar to anchor". Telly Chakkar. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Aadesh BaNdekar to host 'Divided'". Afternoon DC. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Marathi actor Adesh Bandekar to re-host 'Home Minister' show". Mumbai: Daily News and Analysis. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "'Tak dhina dhin' takes DD to new heights". IndianTelevision.com. 28 February 2002. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Hattangadi, Sandeep (27 December 2010). "Aadesh Bandekar plays host again!". Afternoon DC. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Muhurat of Hirava Chuda". Screen India. 28 October 2005. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "After Abhijeet Sawant, TV star Adesh Bandekar now a Sena man". Mumbai: The Indian Express. 6 September 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "TV host Aadesh Bandekar files nomination from Mahim". Rediff.com. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Mishra, Ambarish; Shivadekar, Sanjeev (29 November 2012). "Sena wants to end MNS raj in Dadar with Shivaji Park memorial demand: Observers". Mumbai: Times of India. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Suryavanshi, Sudhir; Andhale, Santosh (21 February 2012). "Backroom team swung it for Sena". Mumbai: Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Gokhale, Sachin (6 June 2012). "Aadesh Bandekar with wife Suchitra". Times of India. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "New game show on Etv Marathi". Marathi Movie World. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Aadesh Bandekar's new family show on E TV". Marathi Movie World. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 

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