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His films are made with passionate restraint. Where the director does not intervene with the characters or the story. But humbly follows their trail and watches them silently without creating ripples. Umesh's films are deeply rooted in his culture and yet have universal essence and the present day world vision.

After completing his Masters in Law Umesh Kulkarni started his filmmaking career as an assistant director with noted filmmakers SumitraBhave and Sunil Sukthankar. He was selected as the only Indian Student for the summer University course in LA Femis, Paris, in 2000 following which he joined the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.


His short films GIRNI, GAARUD, THREE OF US and VILAY got wide acclaim and won many national and international awards.He has also been invited as member of Jury for many well known international short film festivals like Clermont ferrand short film fest , Cairo Int. Film festival , Bangkok film festival etc.


Umesh’s debut feature film VALU was premiered in Rotterdam 2008 earned a cult status in the Marathi film Industry and was bought by Mukta Arts for distribution. The film was responsible to get the youth back to the theatres making it one of the most successful Marathi films. It ran full houses for 6 months.


His second film VIHIR, produced by Amitabh Bachchan’sAB Corp Ltd. was premiered in the Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea and also selected at the prestigious Rotterdam film festival and Berlin International Film Festival in 2009 making it one of the most important Marathi films to get screened in more than 50 international film festivals.


DEOOL, his third directorial venture boasted a stellar star cast like Nana Patekar, Sonali Kulkarni, DilipPrabhavalkar and Girish Kulkarni.. The film ran in theatres for more than hundred days making it the most successful Marathi film of 2011, winning President Gold Medal , the National Award for Best Feature Film.


HIGHWAY,his fourth film was a multi starrer with bollywood personalities like Huma Qureshi and Tisca Chopra making their debut in Marathi films.The film won the Best Film and Best Director award at the New York film festival and 3 awards at the Lonavla International film festival.


He and his creative partner Girish Kulkarni founded a production company ‘Arbhaat Films’ and produced MASALA (Spices) in 2012 and co-produced
PUNE-52 in 2013 & JAUN DYA NA BALASAHEB in 2016.


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