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Gajendra Ahire


Gajendra Ahire is often jokingly referred to as the Fassbinder of Marathi cinema because of his prodigious output. He began his career as a playwright at the age of 23. His first play was Aaicha Ghar Unhacha in which he also worked as an actor. He went on to write more plays like Unch Mazha Jhoka Ga, Ek Diwas Yeilach, and Janmasiddha. He then switched to writing for television and wrote more than 2000 episodes of various Hindi and Marathi serials, the most popular being Shrimaan Shrimati of Balaji Telefilms. He made his debut in film direction with Krishna Katachi Mira which was not released but bagged three Maharashtra State Film Awards. However, it was his next film Not Only Mrs.Raut (2003)bagged several State, National and International awards, besides bringing lasting recognition and international fame. Ahire also writes the story, screenplay, dialogue,and lyrics of the films he directs.