Known for his specialty of slapstick humor and comic gestures, Laxmikant Berde is an Indian actor who has featured in both Hindi and Marathi movies.
Berde was born into a Marathi Brahmin Saraswat family and also was an avid participant in the activities of “Konkanasth Vaishya Samaj” in Girgaum. He discovered his passion for acting during the stage-plays he participated during his school and college days, also acquiring various accolades in school and college festivals. It was via the theater club “Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh” that Berde’s inception of a career in drama would propel. His first cardinal role came in Purushottam Berde’s Marathi stage play “Tour Tour” in the year 1983.
Berde also was introduced on his television debut in "Gajara" a mimic show of the Doordarshan Productions where he further established his peculiar talent and style. The film “Lek Chalali Sasarla” marked his debut into movies. His eccentricity fetched him roles in the super hit comedy Marathi films like " De Dana Dan, Karuya Prem Khullam Khulla, and Dhoom Dadakka" . Along twine of successful films which includes Balache Baap Brahmachari, Shejari Shejari, Pratikar, Amhi Doghe Raja Rani, Ashi Hi Banwa Banvi,
Eka Peksha Ek
and specially Zapatlela, which shot Berde straight into stardom and would ensure a decade a success for him from 1986, right up to 1996. The “decade” was also titled as the “Ashok-Laxya” era because the pair of Marathi director
and Laxmikant Berde was one of the most profitable in the Marathi movie industry.
In 1989, Sooraj Barjatya’s “
Maine Pyar Kiya
” which also starred
, marked the debut of Berde in Bollywood. Subsequently, he would also go on to feature in various movies such as Aflatoon, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Mere Sapno Ki Rani, Sajan, Beta, 100 Days, and Arzoo. Berde has many other memorable brief roles such as Lakshya in Mumbai Te Mauritius, Babanrao in Aflatoon, Murli in Dil Ka Kya Kasoor, Pakya in Gumrah, and Pandu in Beta.
He also appeared in movies like Brahma, Takadi, Masoom, Dhanveer, Dhaal, Rajaji, and Beti No 1 from 1994-2000. The following years would see him pocketing roles in Hum Tumhare Hai Sanma, Bharat Bhagya Vidhata, Baap ka Baap, and Shod. In 2004, he featured in the popular Marathi Horror-Comedy “Pachhadlela”. ‘Hatya: The Murder’ and Shubh Mangal Savdhan were Berde’s penultimate and ultimate movies respectively.
He named his production house “Abhinay Arts”, after his son. Berde also has a daughter Swanandi, with wife,
. On 16th December 2004, Laxmikant Berde passed away from the complications from a prolonging renal ailment.