There have been a few cases in the entertainment world where promising careers have been cut short by the cruel hands of death. So was the case of the predominantly Marathi actor Anand Abhyankar, when he met with a fatal car accident while returning to Mumbai, along with fellow actor Akshay Pendse. Earlier in life, following the Marathi tradition, he had started off with a promising theatre career, while he was studying in Pune, where he had shifted from his home town Nagpur.
As he joined more and more theatre groups, his name spread far and wide in the Marathi theatre world, his first commercial play being a comedy. Incidentally one of his co stars in this play happened to be
who also became famous in Hindi films and TV serials. Anand’s very first play went on to run for over 1000 shows, establishing him firmly on the Marathi stage.
Moving forward in his stage career, Abhyankar got the opportunity to feature in one more record breaking Marathi play, “Aai Retire Hotey”. This play narrowly missed the 1000 shows mark. With Anand’s name spreading across the state, it did not take much time for him to get roles in Marathi films as well.
However, it was
who brought him into the world of Hindi films, through two of his own directorial ventures, “Vaastav” (1999) and “Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain” (2000), at the time Abhyankar had become a well known name in Marathi cinema, known for his acting abilities. Anand crossed over to Marathi TV in a big way only much later in 2009 after a solitary performance in Doordarshan many years earlier. The TV performance that hogged the limelight was his role in “
” (2009), portraying the role of an 85 year old Parkinson’s disease afflicted person with his trembling mannerisms looking almost lifelike.
Although from his very first stage appearance Anand had a penchant for comic themes, he went on to prove through his variety of roles spread across theatre, movies and serials that he was a multi talented actor, and perhaps his best roles that would have come after further maturity was forever lost for his fans, due to his untimely an unfortunate death.