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Mahesh Dattani (born 7 August 1958) is an Indian director, actor, playwright and writer. He wrote such plays as Final Solutions,Dance Like a Man, Bravely Fought the Queen, On a Muggy Night in Mumbai, Tara, Thirty Days in September,The Big Fat City andThe Murder That Never Was, starring Dheiraj Kapoor.
Mahesh Dattani was born in Bangalore to Gujarati parents. He went to Baldwin Boys High School and then went on to join St. Joseph's College, Bangalore. Dattani is a graduate in History, Economics and Political Science. He is a post-graduate in Marketing and Advertising Management. After reading Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf early in his life, Mahesh became interested in writing. He was also influenced by Gujarati playwright Madhu Rye's Kumarni Agashi and developed an interest in play writing.
Mahesh Dattani began his career as a copywriter in an advertising firm. In 1986, he wrote his first full-length play, Where There's a Will, and since 1995, he has been working as a full-time theatre professional. He has also worked with his father in the family business.
Dattani is also a film director. His debut film is Mango Souffle, adapted from one of his plays. He also wrote and directed the movie Morning Raaga.
Bhattacharya, Anindya. "Desire and the Postcolonial Nation" in Seven Steps around the Fire and Final Solutions. The Plays of Mahesh Dattani: An Anthology of Recent Criticism. Ed. Tutun Mukherjee. New Delhi: Pencraft International, 2012 (ISBN978-93-82178-03-3), pp. 184-196.
Das, B.K. "In Search of Shakespearean Echoes in Mahesh Dattani: A Study of The Big Fat City as a Critique of Contemporary Urban Indian Society". Yearly Shakespeare Vol. XIV (2016). Ed. Goutam Ghosal. Santiniketan: Sri Aurobindo Study Centre, 2016 (ISSN 0976-9536), pp. 60-69.
Das, B.K. "The Tale of an Imperial Kin: Unfolding the East-West Problematic in Mahesh Dattani's The Tale of a Mother Feeding Her Child". World Journal of Gender & Literature 4.1 (June 2017). Ed. Lata Mishra. New Delhi: Authorspress, 2017 (ISSN 2349-1620), pp. 135-142.