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Anand Abhyankar (2 June 1963[1] – 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.

Anand Abhyankar
Born(1963-06-02)2 June 1963[1]
Died24 December 2012(2012-12-24) (aged 49)[2]
Pune, Maharashtra, India
ResidenceKandivali, Mumbai, India
Spouse(s)Anjali Abhyankar
ChildrenSanika Abhyankar Neeraj 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,[1] alongside actress Bhakti Barve; this show was performed more than 950 times.[3] 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.[3]

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.[4] His portrayal of a man suffering with Parkinson's disease, with a shivering body language was highly appreciated and won him awards.[3] 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.[5] His last Marathi film Gadbad Gondhal, directed by Yogesh Gosavi is releasing in 2018.

Personal lifeEdit

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.[1]


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.[6] Akshay Pendse, his co-star from the TV show Mala Sasu Havi, also died in the same accident.[7] He is survived by his wife Anjali and two children, one daughter and one son.[1][8]

Selected filmographyEdit


Year Title Role Language
1998 Tu Tithe Mee Marathi
1999 Ratra Aarambha Marathi
1999 Vaastav Hindi
2000 Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Hindi
2001 Tera Mera Saath Rahen Hindi
2001 Akleche Kande Marathi
2004 Kunku Lavte Mahercha Dinkar Deshmukh Marathi
2006 Hee Porgi Kunachi Deshmukh Marathi
2006 Matichya Chuli Marathi
2008 Ek Vivaah... Aisa Bhi Hindi
2008 Checkmate Marathi
2009 Chal Chalein Vaishnavi's father Hindi
2009 Mareparyant Phaashi Writer Marathi
2010 Pappu Can't Dance Saala Hindi
2011 Balgandharva Balgandharva's Mama Marathi
2012 Spandan Doctor (Cerebral Palsy)
also as Epilogue Narrator
2013 Kokanastha Marathi
2018 Gadbad Gondhal Akhilesh Desai Marathi


Year Title Role Language Channel
1998-2001 Hum Sab Ek Hain
Gharkul Marathi DD Sahyadri
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

Asmita Gharat Hasre Saare


Marathi plays
Title Role
Kuryat Sada Tingalam
Aai Retire Hotey
Vyakti Aani Valli Paropkari Gampu
Gaja Khot
Asa Me Kai Gunha Kela
Ghetla Shingawar
Pappa Saanga Kunache


  1. ^ a b c d e Paranjpe, Shailendra (24 December 2012). "Anand Abhyankar was an ever-smiling man". DNA. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Anand Abhyankar, Akshay Pendse killed in road accident". Times of India. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Kharade, Pallavi (30 November 2009). "'I wanted to become a director'". Pune: DNA. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  4. ^ Dr. Mandpe, Asha (3 January 2009). "On stage, the good old grace". Times of India. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  5. ^ Phadke, Aparna (2 January 2013). "Rajan Bhise to replace ate Anand Abhyankar in Mala Sasu Havi". Times of India. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  6. ^ "अभिनेते आनंद अभ्यंकर यांचे निधन" (in Marathi). Pune: Maharashtra Times. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Two Marathi actors killed in road accident". Mid Day. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Actors Abhyankar, Pendse killed in accident on E-way". Pune: Mid Day. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.

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