Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni was born in Pune on 6th December 1976. He finished his graduation in commerce and took a master's degree in Law. He worked as an assistant director with noted film makers SumitraBhave and Sunil Sukthankar for their feature films and documentaries. He was selected as the only Indian Student for The summer University course in LA Femis, Paris , in 2000.
He joined the Film and Television Institute Of India , where he specialized in Direction. His Diploma film GIRNI (The Grinding Machine ) won the president gold medal for best short film and best direction in the year 2005.His short documentary 'THREE OF US' premiered in BERLINALE 2008 and received many international awards. His first feature film VALU (The Wild Bull ) premiered in Rotterdam2008 , was extremely successful with critics as well as common audience and received much acclaim.
In 2009, Umesh directed is second feature film, VIHIR (The Well).