Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni

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Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni
Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni.jpg
Born Pune, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Director

Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni is a Marathi film director. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.[citation needed] He is known for Marathi films such as Valu (The Wild Bull), Vihir (The Well) and Deool (The Temple), Highway

Early life[edit]

Umesh Kulkarni was born on 6 December 1976 in Pune to Vinayak and Vishakha Kulkarni.[citation needed] He has done graduation in commerce from BMCC, Pune, besides acquiring a Law degree.[citation needed] He joined FTII Pune in February 2000.


Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni presenting his film Valu in Karlovy Vary

Kulkarni also directed notable short films such as Girni, Three of Us, Vilay and Gaarud.

Direction -Valu,Vihir,Deool Producer-Masala,Pune 52

Girni won the National Film Award for the Best Non Feature Film.[citation needed] Valu, released in January 2008 was featured in the Berlin film festival. Vihir was featured in Berlin film festival[1] and Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010, the Netherlands. Deool won the 59th National Film Awards for Best Feature Film,[2] Best Actor (Girish Kulkarni) and Best Dialogue (Girish Kulkarni).[3]


  1. ^ Laxmi Birajdar (30 Jan 2010). "Vihir' to be screened at Berlin Film Fest". Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Vidya Balan wins National Award for 'The Dirty Picture'". Times of India. 7 Mar 2012. Retrieved 12 Mar 2012. 
  3. ^ "59th National Film Awards: Winners List". MSN entertainment. Retrieved 12 Mar 2012.