Anand Abhyankar 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 23 December 2012 in a car accident.
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. Abhyankar later on also performed in the Marathi play Aai Retire Hotey. Alongside actress Bhakti Barve, this show was performed more than 950 times. 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 commercially 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 same character played by two different actors. He has also directed one Marathi film Majhi Vithai Mauli.
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. His this acting of a man suffering with Parkinson’s disease, with a shivering body language was highly appreciated and won him awards. 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 on played by Rajan Bhise.
Abhyankar was born and brought up in Nagpur, Maharashtra. He was born in a middle-class family to Moreshwar and Ashadevi on June 2, 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.
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. Akshay Pendse, his co-star from the TV show Mala Sasu Havi, also died in the same accident. He is survived by his wife Anjali and two children, one daughter and one son.