Television actor Mahesh Shetty made headlines after the death of his close friend Sushant Singh Rajput who were both co-actors in Hindi serials like Kis Desh Main Hai Meraa Dil and Pavitra Rishta. According to reports, the late actor had made his last phone call to Shetty before his demise. Shetty was also constantly rebuked by netizens for some days initially after Rajput’s death. While some questioned about their friendship bond, others accused him of grossly ignoring Rajput in his hard times. However, both Shetty and Rajput were really good friends and it is evident from the social media photos that they shared strong ties of companionship.
Mahesh Shetty made his acting debut in television in with the role of Balraj Sahni in the serial Kis Desh Main Hai Meraa Dil which was telecasted on Star Plus from March 3, 2008 to February 5, 2010. However, the major turning point in his career as a TV actor came by portraying the antagonist character Siddhant Kapoor in the serial Bade Achhe Lagte Hain which was one of the top shows of Sony Entertainment Television and aired for over three years. Shetty won many awards for his role in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, some of which includes Indian Telly Award, Zee Gold Award and Lions Gold Award. On May 30, when Bade Achhe Lagte Hain completed ten years, Shetty took to Instagram and shared how the serial has shaped up his life. He wrote,”Can’t believe it’s been 10 years already. Bade Achche Lagte Hain… One of the best I have been a part of… Perfect casting, perfect story, perfect creatives & a perfect team! Memories which I’ll cherish forever. I literally used to sit on the sets and watch others perform even when I wasn’t shooting… That’s how superb everything really was! Made so many friends too… Just too much to put across in one post. Got so so much love and appreciation from everyone just thanks to this show. A big big thank you especially to Ekta Kapoor for all the strength, belief & conviction always.You are the perfect mentor & friend to me. Will always stay indebted to you!”
Some of the other hit Indian TV shows in which Mahesh Shetty has been a part includes Ghar Ek Sapnaa, Pyaar Ka Bandhan , Kesariya Balam Aavo Hamare Des, Pavitra Rishta , Kalash and Pyaar Ko Ho Jaane Do. He has also acted as Jehangir Singh in a web series BOSS: Baap of Special Services which was made available for streaming on ALTBalaji and its associated platform on August 2, 2019. Shetty made his acting debut in Bollywood in 2016 as Pakkaya in the film Banjo. One of his other well-loved Bollywood films include Bhuj: The Pride of India in which he was seen as Vinod Karnik. He has also acted in a Marathi film Balkadu which was released in 2015.
On November 20, 2011, the 37-year-old actor got married to actress Anisha Kapur Shetty who is best known for her roles in television serials like Dahhej, Banoo Mein Teri Dulhan, Ghar Ek Sapnaa. It is believed that they both fell in love with each other while working in the serial Ghar Ek Sapnaa. The couple has a son Kiaan and a daughter Laisha. Although there isn’t much information about Mahesh Shetty’s parents, he comes from a restaurateur family and even has completed his degree in hotel management. He also has a sister. Shetty also studied in the National School of Drama and did some theatre plays before moving to pursue a career in the television industry.
Mahesh Shetty, who was last seen in the TV serial Pyaar Ko Ho Jaane Do has stayed away from the television industry for some years now. In an interview with Times of India, Shetty said that he had been “part of some of the biggest and best shows on TV” but took a break from it since he “got a little saturated with the pace” and needed to refresh himself.
Apart from Sushant Singh Rajput, Mahesh Shetty also shares a great rapport with the former’s ex-girlfriend Ankita Lokhande. On May 21, Lokhande shared a video on her Instagram handle showing her and her boyfriend Vicky Jain wishing Shetty on his birthday with a pretty cake. The actress also shared a heartfelt birthday note for her friend alongside the video. She wrote, “Although you have never got old but our friendship has; and with time, strong and unbroken. From the bottom of my heart I wish you happy birthday ANNA (Mahesh Shetty).”
After the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, Mahesh Shetty was also in the news for some days initially. Apart from the report that he was the last person to whom Rajput had called before he left for his heavenly abode having created furore, another unconfirmed report that caught the attention of the masses was that he was the one to enter Rajput’s room after he had died. Meanwhile, Shetty was an active participant in the prayer services and ceremonies that had been conducted in honour of Rajput’s memory. On June 18, 2020, i.e. four days after Rajput’s death, Shetty shared a heart-wrenching note about how they bonded together and the untimely demise of his best friend had created a void in his life. He wrote, “It’s a strange feeling. I have so much to say yet I’m speechless. Sometimes in life, you meet someone and feel an instant connection as if you’ve known him all your life and you realise that you don’t have to be born from the same womb to be brothers. This is how we met… We met as brothers. We hit it off over our love for food and long walks in Film City and how we became such an integral part in each other’s lives. Both introverts, both amazingly old fashioned when it came to our friendship, both living in a little private world of our own. So many memories, our journeys, our endless chats ( he could talk about anything under the sun with equal conviction), food, films, books, nature, science, relations and lots of bakwaas… He was like a kid in a candy shop and that boundless energy laced with all the limitless dreams was always infectious. He made me feel loved. We shared a unique bond and I was always glad that our relationship never needed any public display of affection or a public validation. It was sacred for both of us. How I wish I had captured it all in a lot more pictures so at least I have had something to look back at now. But still, I’m thankful, at least I have the last 13 years’ journey filled with memories to cherish and hold on to for the rest of my life. His success, his achievements, his work… he was always a perfectionist and no matter what I say, I will never be able to explain the genius in him. I could never express how happy I felt every time I watched his film on the big screen and all the days and nights of hard work he put behind those characters. He was an inspiration to almost everyone around me and that made me even more proud. He was always so full of life with dreams in his eyes. All those who loved him always automatically became a part of my family too and will always remain that way. I never thought I’ll ever be writing all this for you brother. Here we were planning on our retirement farming dreams and now this… I somehow always knew that you were the blessed one… But never expected that he’d take you away so soon. I’ll always behold your legacy to heart and wouldn’t want it to go waste. I wish the world celebrates your life as much as your work. Feel as if there is a sudden void which will never be filled again. For every important event of our lives, we were always there for each other. How do you even explain if you suddenly lose a piece of your heart? How do you convince yourself to live with all the why’s, all the other hundreds of questions and what-ifs? I’m sorry but I’ll always hold so many grudges now. How I wish you would have opened up your heart completely. You knew that Shetty hai aur tere saath humesha rahega. Then why??? Baat to kar leta yaar !!! How I really wish that call would have come through kamini… Life can never be the same !!! I know how much you loved the stars… Dharti Maa Ki Kasam, I’ll be looking out for you every night brother.”
Having created a name in television, Mahesh Shetty is now looking to act in regional and Bollywood films in addition to web series.