Anand Abhyankar was a very well known Marathi film, television and theatre actor. He had also worked in Hindi movies and serials. He is popularly known for his roles in television serials like ‘Mala Sasu Havi’ and ‘Asambhav’.
Early Life & Background
Anand Abhyankar was born on June 2, 1963 in Nagpur, Maharashtra in a middle-class family. His father, Moreshwar was a labour welfare officer and his mother Ashadevi worked in the Post and Telegraph department. He completed his secondary education from Nagpur. He later completed his graduation from Garware College, Pune. During his college days, he had worked in few college plays. He then worked in Bajaj Auto for over two years.
First assignment/ First major break
Anand started his acting career from Marathi plays and his first major break was ‘Kuryat Sada Tingalam’.
Journey in Marathi Industry
Anand started his acting career by joining the various theatre groups like Aradhana, Naveen and Droppers. He got his major break through Mangesh Kadam’s play ‘Kuryat Sada Tingalam’. It was a comedy play starring Mohan Joshi and Suhasini Deshpande. The play performed more than 1000 shows. Even hiplay ‘Aai Retire Hotey’ opposite Bhakti Barve was commercially successful. Later, he played the role of Gampu Gaja Khot in the play ‘Vyakti Aani Valli’. Along with this, he has also acted in the plays like ‘Asa Me Kai Gunha Kela’ and ‘Pappa Saanga Kunache’.
In 1998, Anand played a small role in the super-hit Marathi movie ‘Tu Tithe Me’, starring Mohan Joshi and Suhas Joshi. In 1999, he played a side role in the thriller movie ‘Ratra Aarambh’. Then he played the role of Dinkar Deshmukh in the movie ‘Kunku Lavte Mahercha’. In 2006, he replaced the deceased actor Sudhir Joshi in the movie ‘Matichya Chuli’. Sudhir Joshi was seen in the first half of the movie, while Anand was seen in the second half of the movie.
In 2008, Anand acted in the multi-starrer thriller movie ‘Checkmate’, starring Ankush Choudhary, Swapnil Joshi, Rahul Mehendale and Sonali Khare. Later he played the role of writer in the movie ‘Mareparyant Phaashi’. In 2011, he portrayed the role of Balgandharva’s Mama in the blockbuster Marathi movie ‘Balgandharva’. His last movie was ‘Spandan’, where he played the role of Doctor. The movie was released in 2012. Apart from acting, he has also directed a Marathi movie named ‘Majhi Vithai Mauli’.
Anand has also acted and played the cameos in Hindi movies. In 1999, he played the small role in the movie ‘Vaastav’, starring Sanjay Dutt. He also played cameos in the movies like ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai’ and ‘Tera Mera Saath Rahen’. All these movies were directed by Mahesh Manjrekar. He also acted in Rajashree Production’s movie ‘Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi’.
Anand has acted in various Marathi television serials as well. He had started his television career through DD Sahyadri’s serial ‘Gharkul’. In early 2009, he played the role of Grandfather Dinanath Shashtri on Zee Marathi’s ‘Asambhav’. He was also the contestant of comedy reality show ‘Fu Bai Fu’, which aired on Zee Marathi. However, his role of Aaba from ‘Mala Sasu Havi’ was quite popular among viewers. But due to the death in car accident, he was replaced by Rajan Bise. Apart from this, he also did a cameo as Bhinde’s uncle named Bhau Kaka in Sab TV’s comedy serial ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’. He was also seen in few commercial advertisements.
Anand got married to Anjali and they have one daughter Sanika who is pursuing her higher education in London and Neeraj who is now in 12th grade. Anand passed away 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’, who was with him also died in the accident.