Anand Abhyankar (2 June 1963 – 24 December 2012) was an Indian Marathi film, television and theatre actor. He starred in films such as Spandan (2012), Balgandharva (2011), Matichya Chuli (2006), Vaastav (1999) and Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain . On television, he is known for his roles in Mala Sasu Havi, Fu Bai Fu and Asambhav. Abhyankar died on 24 December 2012 in a car accident. He got awarded with 'Special Award' for his last Marathi Film Gadbad Gondhal in Ambarnath Marathi Film Festival in 2017 as Best Actor (Special Award). , 
2 June 1963|
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
|Died||24 December 2012
Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Residence||Kandivali, Mumbai, India|
Sanika AbhyankarNeeraj Abhyankar
Abhyankar developed his interest in acting while graduating from Pune, where he worked in few plays performed in his college. Later, he joined various theatre groups and was active with them. His first big break came with the commercial play Kuryat Sada Tingalam. Written by Shivraj Gorle, this comedy play was produced by Rasikraj Productions and directed by Mangesh Kadam. The play also starred actors Mohan Joshi and Suhasini Deshpande. The play was successful and performed more than 1000 shows. Later, Abhyankar also performed in the Marathi play Aai Retire Hotey, alongside actress Bhakti Barve; this show was performed more than 950 times. He also played the notable roles of Paropkari Gampu and Gaja Khot for the theatrical adaptations of the book Vyakti Aani Valli, written by Pu La Deshpande.
Abhyankar also played various cameo and side roles in many Marathi as well as Hindi films. His commercial hit Bollywood films include Vaastav (1999) and Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain (2000), both directed by Mahesh Manjrekar. He was seen in few commercial advertisements as well. His film career in Marathi spanned from comedy, serious to character roles. In the 2006 film Matichya Chuli, he replaced the deceased actor Sudhir Joshi. The film thus has the same character played by two different actors. He has also directed one Marathi film; Majhi Vithai Mauli.
Abhyankar starred in various Marathi television shows. His earliest roles include that of the one played in the show Gharkul that aired on DD Sahyadri. His recent role of Dinanath Shashtri from the serial Asambhav (2009) was of an 85-year-old man, almost double his age. His portrayal of a man suffering with Parkinson's disease, with a shivering body language was highly appreciated and won him awards. He also participated in the comedy competitive show Fu Bai Fu, paired with actress Supriya Pathare. Before his death in December 2012, Abhyankar was seen playing a character role in the Zee Marathi's show Mala Sasu Havi, alongside actress Asawari Joshi, which was later played by Rajan Bhise. His last Marathi film Gadbad Gondhal, directed by Yogesh Gosavi is releasing in 2018.
Abhyankar was born and brought up in Nagpur, Maharashtra. He was born in a middle-class family to Moreshwar and Ashadevi on 2 June 1963. His father was a labour welfare officer and his mother worked in the Post and Telegraph department. Abhyankar did his education till 12th standard from Nagpur and then moved to Pune, Maharashtra. He graduated in Commerce from the Garware College. He also worked in Bajaj Auto for over two years before turning to acting professionally.
Abhyankar died in a car accident on Mumbai-Pune Express Highway on 23 December 2012. He was returning to Mumbai after finishing the shoot of his upcoming film Duniyadaari. Akshay Pendse, his co-star from the TV show Mala Sasu Havi, also died in the same accident. He is survived by his wife Anjali and two children, one daughter and one son.
|1998||Tu Tithe Mee||Marathi|
|2000||Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain||Hindi|
|2001||Tera Mera Saath Rahen||Hindi|
|2004||Kunku Lavte Mahercha||Dinkar Deshmukh||Marathi|
|2006||Hee Porgi Kunachi||Deshmukh||Marathi|
|2008||Ek Vivaah... Aisa Bhi||Hindi|
|2009||Chal Chalein||Vaishnavi's father||Hindi|
|2010||Pappu Can't Dance Saala||Hindi|
|2012||Spandan||Doctor (Cerebral Palsy)
also as Epilogue Narrator
|2018||Gadbad Gondhal||Akhilesh Desai||Marathi|
|1998-2001||Hum Sab Ek Hain|
|2008||Avghachi Sansar||Marathi||Zee Marathi|
|2009||Asambhav||Dinanath Shashtri||Marathi||Zee Marathi|
|2011||Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah||Bhau Kaka||Hindi||SAB TV|
|2011||Fu Bai Fu||Contestant||Marathi||Zee Marathi|
|2012||Mala Sasu Havi||Aaba||Marathi||Zee Marathi|
|Kuryat Sada Tingalam|
|Aai Retire Hotey|
|Vyakti Aani Valli||Paropkari Gampu
|Asa Me Kai Gunha Kela|
|Pappa Saanga Kunache|
- Paranjpe, Shailendra (24 December 2012). "Anand Abhyankar was an ever-smiling man". DNA. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- "Anand Abhyankar, Akshay Pendse killed in road accident". Times of India. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
- 'Loksatta (5 Nov 2017) ' 'http://epaper.loksatta.com/c/23450930'
- 'Pudhari' 'http://newspaper.pudhari.co.in/home.php?edition=Mumbai&date=-1&pageno=4&pid=PUDHARI_MUM#Article/PUDHARI_MUM_20171105_04_6/452px'
- Kharade, Pallavi (30 November 2009). "'I wanted to become a director'". Pune: DNA. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- Dr. Mandpe, Asha (3 January 2009). "On stage, the good old grace". Times of India. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- Phadke, Aparna (2 January 2013). "Rajan Bhise to replace ate Anand Abhyankar in Mala Sasu Havi". Times of India. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "अभिनेते आनंद अभ्यंकर यांचे निधन" (in Marathi). Pune: Maharashtra Times. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
- "Two Marathi actors killed in road accident". Mid Day. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
- "Actors Abhyankar, Pendse killed in accident on E-way". Pune: Mid Day. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.