Rajesh Mapuskar

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Rajesh Mapuskar
Rajesh Mapuskar.jpg
Born26 September 1968 (1968-09-26) (age 51)
Shrivardhan, Maharashtra, India
OccupationDirector, Writer, Producer
Years active1991–present
Parent(s)Anant Mapuskar (Father)
Sindhu Mapuskar (Mother)
RelativesMeghaBarve(Sister)

Rajesh Mapuskar is an Indian film writer, director and producer. He got involved in the world of films at a very young age, as his family owned a cinema hall. He made his writing and directional debut with Ferrari Ki Sawaari (2012). Later, he wrote and directed the acclaimed Marathi language film Ventilator (2016), which won him several accolades, including the National Film Award for Best Director.

Early life and education[edit]

Rajesh Mapuskar was born on 26 September 1968 in Shrivardhan, a village in coastal Maharashtra. He was born into a joint family, to Anant Mahadev Mapuskar and Sindhu Anant Mapuskar. He studied at Shrivardhan High School till Grade 10 and then came to Mumbai and joined Kirti College, Dadar. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

He spent his childhood watching movies in the cinema hall his family owned. He got involved with taking care of it at a very young age - cleaning up, taking bookings and starting the film.

He also introduced his cousin Rohan Mapuskar to the film industry.

He is married to Nisha, since 1996. They have two sons, Utsav and Zeal.

Film career[edit]

Early career

Mapuskar was introduced to the media world in Mumbai by Dr. Satish Rajmachikar, a television producer-director. In 1991, he started working in production with veteran ad film maker Dilip Ghosh at Z Films. He worked there for 4 years, then left to start on his own, producing and line-producing ad films in India and abroad. It was at this time that he met and formed a friendship with Rajkumar Hirani.

Mapuskar started Collective Efforts Films, which soon became a top line producing company. His friend Bimal Oberoi joined him as partner in the company. Mapuskar started directing music videos for artistes like Sonu Nigam, Jagjit Singh and Mika. Collective Effort Films also handled photographer Prasad Naik's print campaigns and multiple ad films in India and abroad.

Feature Films

Just when Mapuskar was readying to relocate from Mumbai to Bangkok because of the constant stream of work from there, Rajkumar Hirani asked him to work as Chief Assistant Director on his directorial debut, Munnabhai MBBS. After Munnabhai MBBS, Mapuskar worked on Hirani's next two films Lage Raho Munnabhai and 3 Idiots, as Associate Director. All three films were produced by Vinod Chopra Films.

Under the same banner, Rajesh Mapuskar made his writing and directorial debut with Ferrari Ki Sawaari. The critically acclaimed ‘father-son-father’ film, starring Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani, was released on 15 June 2012.

Mapuskar's next film was Marathi language film Ventilator. Written and directed by him, the film was produced by Priyanka Chopra and Dr. Madhu Chopra, under their banner Purple Pebble Pictures. The dark comedy on family relationships released on 4 November 2016. It featured Jitendra Joshi and director-actor Ashutosh Gowariker, along with an ensemble cast of 116 actors, including Mapuskar's sons Utsav and Zeal. With Ventilator, Mapuskar also launched his own production house Magij Films.

He is currently working on his next Hindi film, a musical based in North East India. The film goes on the floor mid-2017.

Ad Films

Mapuskar has directed numerous ad films in India and abroad for production houses like Fingerprint Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films. He has worked with brands like Cadbury Drinking Chocolate, Vodacom, Milo, Cello Butterflow, Airtel, Serengeti Beer, Classmate Pens and Pan Emirates.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Chief AD Associate Director
2003 Munna Bhai MBBS Yes
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai Yes
2009 3 idiots Yes
2012 Ferrari ki Sawaari Yes Yes
2016 Ventilator Yes Yes

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony[a] Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards 1 June 2017 Best Film Ventilator Won [1]
Filmfare Marathi Awards 27 October 2017 Best Film Ventilator Nominated [2]
[3]
Best Director Rajesh Mapuskar Nominated
Best Actor Jitendra Joshi Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Ashutosh Gowariker Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Sukanya Kulkarni Mone Nominated
Best Debut Director Rajesh Mapuskar Won
Best Music Rohan Gokhale, Rohan Pradhan Nominated
Best Lyrics Manoj Yadav (for song "Baba") Nominated
Best Production Design Nikhil Kovale Nominated
Best Cinematography Savita Singh Nominated
Best Original Story Rajesh Mapuskar Won
Best Screenplay Rajesh Mapuskar Won
Best Dialogue Rajesh Mapuskar Nominated
Best Editing Rameshwar S. Bhagat Won
Best Background Score Rohan Gokhale, Rohan Pradhan Nominated
Best Sound Design Sanjay Maurya, Allwyn Rego Won
Lions Gold Awards 5 January 2017 Favourite Marathi Film Ventilator Won [4]
Maharashtra State Film Awards 30 April 2017 Best Film III Ventilator Won [5]
Mata Sanman Awards 28 March 2017 Best Film Ventilator Nominated [6]
Best Director Rajesh Mapuskar Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jitendra Joshi Won
Best Music Direction Rohan-Rohan Nominated
Best Lyrics Manoj Yadav (for song "Baba") Won
Best Playback Singer Male Rohan Pradhan (for song "Baba") Won
Best Screenplay Rajesh Mapuskar Won
Best Editing Rameshwar S. Bhagat Won
Mirchi Music Awards Marathi 2 March 2017 Listeners' Choice Song of the Year Priyanka Chopra (for song "Baba") Won [7]
[8]
Upcoming Music Composer of the Year Rohan-Rohan Nominated
National Film Awards 3 May 2017 Best Director Rajesh Mapuskar Won [citation needed]
Best Editing Rameshwar S. Bhagat Won
Best Sound Mixing Alok De Won
Pune International Film Festival February 2017 Best Screenplay Rajesh Mapuskar Won [9]
Sanskruti Kaladarpan Awards 8 May 2017 Best Film Ventilator Won

[10]

Best Director Rajesh Mapuskar Won
Best Actor Jitendra Joshi Won
Best Supporting Actor Ashutosh Gowariker Won
Best Villain Nilesh Diwekar Won
Best Screenplay Rajesh Mapuskar Won
Best Editing Rameshwar S. Bhagat Won
Zee Gaurav Puraskar 26 March 2017 Best Film Ventilator Nominated [11]
Best Director Rajesh Mapuskar Nominated
Best Screenplay Rajesh Mapuskar Nominated
Best Editing Rameshwar S. Bhagat Nominated
Zee Talkies Comedy Awards 30 July 2017 Best Film Ventilator Won [12]
Best Director Rajesh Mapuskar Won

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exclusive: Priyanka Chopra bags Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award". Deccan Chronicle. 28 May 2017. Archived from the original on 2 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Nominations for the Jio Filmfare Award Marathi 2017". Filmfare. 24 October 2017. Archived from the original on 26 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  3. ^ "All the winners of Jio Filmfare Awards Marathi 2017". Filmfare. 27 October 2017. Archived from the original on 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  4. ^ Bandekar, Pradeep (5 January 2017). "PIX: Aishwarya, Tiger Shroff at an awards show". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 8 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  5. ^ "राज्य मराठी चित्रपट महोत्सवात 'कासव' सर्वोत्कृष्ट". Loksatta. 1 May 2017. Archived from the original on 7 May 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Mata Sanman Awards 2017". Mata Sanman Awards. 9 April 2017. Colors Marathi.
  7. ^ "2016 Mirchi Music Awards Marathi". Mirchi Music Awards Marathi. Archived from the original on 22 February 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  8. ^ Bhatkar, Mrunali (2 March 2017). "It was a starry affair at the Jio Mirchi Music Awards Marathi 2016 held in Mumbai". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Priyanka Chopra's Ventilator wins big at Pune International Film Festival". Deccan Chronicle. Press Trust of India. 13 February 2017. Archived from the original on 7 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  10. ^ "संस्कृती कलादर्पण गौरवः 'कोडमंत्र' व 'व्हेंटिलेटर' ने मारली बाजी". Loksatta. 9 May 2017. Archived from the original on 16 May 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Zee Gaurav Puraskar 2017". Zee Gaurav Puraskar. 26 March 2017. Zee Marathi.
  12. ^ "'झी टॅाकीजवर कॅामेडी अवॉर्ड्स'च्या विजेत्यांची संपूर्ण यादी". Loksatta. 29 July 2017. Archived from the original on 5 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
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