biography

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Mahesh Pailoor is an Indian-American writer/director based in Los Angeles. Raised in a small town in Maine, Mahesh studied film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His first short film, Little India, premiered at SXSW and screened at festivals around the world. He then furthered his training as a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute, where he was awarded the Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award for the direction of his thesis film, Still Life.  

Mahesh’s feature debut was the independent film, Brahmin Bulls, starring Sendhil Ramamurthy, Roshan Seth, and Academy Award Winner Mary Steenburgen. The film won the Audience Award at the San Diego Film Festival, the Jury Prize for Best American Indie at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and was released theatrically in the US and UK.

Along with scripted content, Mahesh has directed award-winning documentaries, commercials and branded content for clients such as Best Buy, Microsoft, Nintendo and Yamaha. He is an alumnus of the Disney/ABC Directing Program, Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab and Project:Involve. 

Recently Mahesh was accepted into the NBC Emerging Director Program and will be directing an episode of The Blacklist this season.

Mahesh is looking forward to more episodic directing and is co-writing a dramatic feature that he is attached to direct.