Mahesh Manjrekar is an Indian film director, actor, writer and producer. He is credited with directing films like Vaastav, Astitva and Viruddh. Besides direction he has acted in several films including some of his own productions. He gained acclaim for his performance in the 2002 movie Kaante. He played a negative role in Telugu film Okkadunnadu and in 2008 played the role of gangster Javed in Slumdog Millionaire.