25 Facts About Paresh Mokashi


Paresh Mokashi was born on 6 February 1969 and is an Indian filmmaker, producer, actor and Theatre director-producer; working predominantly in Marathi cinema and Marathi theatre.


Paresh Mokashi started working as a backstage worker for theatre and did few minor roles for plays as well as films.


Paresh Mokashi continued to work for theatre and made his directorial debut for cinema with the 2009 Marathi feature film, Harishchandrachi Factory.


Paresh Mokashi was born to a Maharashtrian family in Pune and was brought up in Lonavla.


Paresh Mokashi is a grandson of a noted Marathi writer D B Mokashi.


Paresh Mokashi finished his schooling in Lonavla and acquired Bachelor of Arts degree from a Pune-based college.


Paresh Mokashi has formed his production company, "Mayasabha Productions", which has produced some of his own work including his 2005 Marathi play, Samudra and 2009 Marathi film, Harishchandrachi Factory.


Paresh Mokashi started as a backstage worker for a theatre group in Pune.


Paresh Mokashi has been associated with Marathi theatre since 1988 and worked as an actor in Pune based organisations like Theatre Academy and Maharashtra Cultural Center.


Paresh Mokashi participated in the plays made for children by a Berlin based theatre group, Grips-Theater.


Paresh Mokashi directed few more plays including Mukam Post Bombilwadi, Sangeet Lagnakallol and Samudra.


Paresh Mokashi's other plays like Mangalawarache Mundake discussed environmental concerns and Samudra, starring Atul Kulkarni, explored a mystery based upon ancient Vedic mythological history.


Paresh Mokashi did a few small-time roles for Hindi TV serials and feature films, including Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam but soon he turned to writing and directing.


Paresh Mokashi came across a biography of Dadasaheb Phalke, known as the father of Indian cinema, written by Bapu Watve.


Paresh Mokashi made directorial debut with his much acclaimed feature film, Harishchandrachi Factory.


Unlike typical biopic films, Paresh Mokashi used light humoured adventure style for the film.


The film gathered wide critical acclaim and Paresh Mokashi was praised for the narrative storyline of the film.


In November 2011, Paresh Mokashi was made part of Disney and PVR Cinemas' joint initiative "My City My Parks", which focused on encouraging children about urban greenery.


Paresh Mokashi inaugurated the event along with Bollywood actor Abhay Deol and director Amole Gupte.


Gupte and Paresh Mokashi worked as mentors for the shortlisted participants.


Paresh Mokashi has attended several seminars and discussions about Indian cinema.


Paresh Mokashi was part of seminar session, "The Road Ahead: Globalism, the Digital Revolution and Other Attractions", with actor Kamal Haasan as its chairperson.


In May 2011, Paresh Mokashi was seen explaining and exploring the myths about Indian history in an event organised by actor Nandu Madhav, who had portrayed Dadasaheb Phalke in Paresh Mokashi's film.


In May 2012, Mokashi participated in the centenary of Indian cinema celebration organised by P L Deshpande Arts Academy in Mumbai.


Paresh Mokashi was accompanied by another Marathi film director, Chandrakant Kulkarni, and was involved in two discussions, "Dadasaheb Phalke's cinematic journey" and "Hundred Years of Indian Cinema".