Sachin Pilgaonkar ( 17 August 1957) often known by his first name Sachin, is an film and television actor, director, singer, and producer.Starting as a child actor, in Marathi film, Ha Majha Marg Ekla (1962), he went on to act in around 65 films as a child artiste, before switching to adult roles, and giving hits like Geet Gaata Chal (1975),Balika Badhu (1976),Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978), and Nadiya Ke Paar (1982)as a lead actor. He has worked in Hindi, Marathi and also in Bhojpuri cinema, and has acted, produced and directed successful comedy shows on television, including Tu Tu Main Main (2000) and Kadvee Khatti Meethi. Besides that he also directed several hit Marathi films starting with Mai Baap (1982), Navri Mile Navryala (1984), Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi (1988), Amchyasarkhe Aamich (1990) and Navra Mazha Navsacha (2004).
Sachin Pilagaonkar was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra in a Maharashtrian family. His ancestral roots are from Goa. His father Sharad Pilgaonkar ran a printing press in Mumbai but it collapsed from flood and heavy rain and he died shortly after.He is married to actress Supriya Pilgaonkar, whom he first directed for his debut Marathi film, Navri Mile Navryala (1984) and subsequently became successful pair in Marathi cinema. The couple have a daughter, Shriya.The couple is highly loved and respected in Marathi industry.
Sachin Pilgaonkar started his film career as a child artist in the Marathi film, Ha maza marg ekla(1962) at the age of four. He won the National Film Award for the same. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan handed him the award. As a child actor he first appeared in Dharmendra-Meena Kumari starrer very emotional film ‘Majhli Didi’ directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and also appeared in prominent films such as Jewel Thief, Template:Chanda Aur Bijli, Brahmachari (Hindi film) and Mela (1971 film). As a child artiste, his best buddy was Junior Mehmood, with whom he first did the Shammi Kapoor-starrer Brahmachari as nine-year old kids, and have done 15 films together as child artists.
He switched to playing lead roles for a brief time with Rajshri Productions’ Geet Gaata Chal.In this he paired with Sarika and the films unexpected success made them a lead pair for other films. Some of his roles as the lead were Balika Badhu (1976), College Girl, and Rajshri Productions Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se and Nadiya Ke Paar with Sadhana Singh.
With Trishul, he switched back to support roles and was part of successful movies such as Sholay, Avtar, Sur Sangam and Satte Pe Satta but as roles dried up he took to direction, making Marathi movies and producing TV serials. He is one of the most well-known Marathi film directors. He directed Subhash Ghai’s ‘Prem Deewane’ starring Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit, Pooja Bhatt and Vivek Mushran and then directed Aisi bhi kya jaldi hai starring Srishti Bahal and Vivek Mushran with Ashok Saraf in a key role.
Sachin’s latest movie is as a director for Rajshri’s latest Jaana Pehchana, to be released in 2011.The film Jaana Pehchana has been released. It is a true sequel to Sachin’s earlier film Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se.Agency