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Laxmikant Berde (Marathi pronunciation: [ləkɕmiːkaːn̪t̪ beːɾɖe]; 26 October 1954 – 16 December 2004) was an Indian film actor who appeared in several Marathi and Hindi movies. He was known for his highly energetic slapstick performances. Berde started his career as an employee in the production company Marathi Sahitya Sangh and then played supporting roles in a few Marathi stage plays. In 1983-84, he first became famous with the Marathi play Tur Tur.
|Died||16 December 2004 (aged 50)|
|Spouse(s)||Roohi Berde (m. 1985; died.1998),|
Priya Arun (m. 1998; his death. 2004)
|Relatives||Ravindra Berde (uncle)|
Apart from Marathi movies, his comedy stage plays like Shantecha Karta Chalu Aahe and Bighadale Swargache Dwaar were also successful. Berde acted in many Bollywood films and received four Nominations for Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role. He acted in around 185 Hindi and Marathi films.
Berde was born on 26 October 1954 in Bombay (Mumbai). He had five older siblings and would sell lottery tickets as a child to append to the family income. His participation in stage dramas during the cultural activities for Ganesh festival celebrations performed at Girgaon got him interested in acting. He won awards for participation in inter-school and inter-college drama competitions. Following this, Berde started working at the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh.
While working as an employee in the Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Berde started acting in small roles in Marathi stage plays. In 1983–84, he acquired his first major role in Purshottam Berde's Marathi stage play Tur Tur which became a hit and Berde's style of comedy was appreciated.
Berde made his movie debut with the 1984 Marathi movie Lek Chalali Sasarla. Subsequently, he and actor Mahesh Kothare starred together in films Dhoom Dhadaka (1984) and De Danadan (1987). Both these movies became famous and helped Berde establish his trademark comedy style.
In most movies, he starred either alongside Kothare or with actor Ashok Saraf. The Berde-Saraf pair is recognized to be a successful lead actor pairing in Indian cinema. Berde, along with Ashok Saraf, Sachin Pilgaonkar and Mahesh Kothare formed a successful quartet in Marathi films after acting together in the 1989 Marathi film Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi.
That decade will be best remembered by the Marathi film industry as the "Ashok-Lakshya" era. Both actors remained best friends until Berde died. In most movies, Berde was paired with actress and his future wife Priya Arun.
Berde's first Hindi film was Sooraj Barjatya's Maine Pyar Kiya starring Salman Khan in 1989. Some of his other popular Hindi films include Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Mere Sapno Ki Rani, Aarzoo, Saajan, Beta, 100 Days and Anari. Berde also kept working as the lead actor in hit Marathi stage plays like Shantecha Karta Chalu Aahe and others.
In 1992, Berde tried to break away from his comedy mould and acted in a serious role in the film Ek Hota Vidushak. However, the film was not a commercial success and Berde reverted to his trademark comedy, albeit disappointed with the film's failure.
From 1985 to 2000, Berde acted in many other Marathi blockbusters such as Aamhi Doghe Raja Rani, Hamaal De Dhamaal, , Balache Baap Brahmachari, Eka Peksha Ek, Bhootacha Bhau, Thartharat, Dhadakebaaz and Zapatlela.
Berde acted in the Marathi TV serial Nasti Aafat and "Gajra".
Berde died in Mumbai on 16 December 2004 due to a kidney ailment. Many notable personalities from the Marathi film industry like Mahesh Kothare, Ashok Saraf and Sachin Pilgaonkar attended his funeral.
|Dekhni Bayko Namyachi||2001|
|Kamal Majhya Baykochi||2000|
|Aai Thor Tujhe Upkar||1999|
|Jamla Ho Jamla||1995|
|Suna Yeti Ghara||1995|
|Topi Var Topi||1995|
|Premachya Sultya Bomba||1994|
|Zapatlela||1993||Laxmikant Bolke aka Lakshya|
|Ek Hota Vidushak||1992|
|Hach Sunbai Cha Bhau||1992|
|Than Than Gopala||1992|
|Shubh Mangal Savdhan||1992|
|Aayatya Gharat Gharoba||1991||Kashiram Kasture|
|Mumbai Te Mauritius||1991|
|Yeda Ki Khula||1991|
|Ek Gaadi Baaki Anadi||1991|
|Shame to Shame||1991|
|Ek Phul Char Half||1991|
|Dhadakebaaz||1990||Laxmikant Hajare aka Lakshya / Gangaram (Double Role)|
|Dhamal Bablya Ganpyachi||1990|
|Shubha Bol Narya||1990|
|Dokyala Tap Nahi||1990|
|Thamb Thamb Jau Nako Lamb||1990|
|Ejaa Beeja Teeja||1990|
|Eka Peksha Ek||1990|
|Pheka Pheki||1989||Sanjay Phadke|
|Patali Re Patali||1990|
|Balache Baap Brahmachari||1989||Sarang|
|Thartharat||1989||Laxmikant Ghorpade (Lakshya)|
|Hamal De Dhamal||1989|
|Dharla Tar Chavatay||1989||Mohan|
|Rajan Vajvala Baja||1989|
|Khatyal Sasu Nathal Soon||1989|
|Kuthe Kuthe Shodhu Me Tila||1989|
|Gharkul Punha Haswe||1989|
|Aanti Ne Wazavali Ghanti||1989|
|Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi||1988||Parsha (Parshuram) and Parvati|
|Kiss Bai Kiss||1988|
|Ek Gadi Baaki Anadi||1988|
|Chal Re Laxya Mumbaila||1987|
|De Danadan||1987||Constable Laxman "Lakshya" Tangmode|
|Prem Karuya Khullam Khulla||1987|
|Porinchi Dhamal Bapachi Kamal||1987|
|Khara Kadhi Bolu Naye||1987|
|Premasathi Wattel Te||1987|
|Kaltay Pan Valat Nahi||1987|
|Amhi Doghe Raja Rani||1986|
|Tuzya Vachun Karmena||1986|
|Dhum Dhadaka||1985||Laxmikant Wakade aka Lakshya|
|Lek Chalali Sasarla||1984|
|Bayko Chukali Standvar||1998|
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|Title of the play||Role||Year||Notes|
|Thamb Taklya Bhang Padto|
|Abab Vitoba bolu lagala|
|Gharat Hasare tare|
|Pandit ata tari shahane vha|
|Shantecha Karta Chalu Aahe||1989|
|Bighadale Swargache Daar|
|Sir aale dhaun|
|Karti Premat Padli|
|Lele Viruddha lele|
|Nanda Saukhya Bhare|
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