Fondly remembered for his farce, satirical and slapstick performances, Lakshmikant Berde was a high energy Hindi and Marathi actor. He was much acclaimed in the Marathi film industry for his comedy roles in various movies such as Aflatoon, Ek Hota Vidhushak, Topi Var Topi, Gholat Ghol, Rikshawali, Khara Kadhi Bolu Naye, Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi etc. While in Bollywood, he acted profusely well in Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahi, Maine Pyar Kia, Hum Aapke Hai Koun, Beti No. 1, Masoom, Anari, Beta, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, Rajaji, Sainik and many others. Sadly, Lakshmikant suffered from a kidney ailment which eventually led to his death in the year 2004.
Lakshmikant was always inclined towards acting. He was an avid theater actor and often participated in the cultural festivals of his school. His performances at the Ganesh festival at Samaj, Vaishya, Konkanashth and Girgaum pushed him more and more towards the camera. From the start, his acting skills brought him many laurels and recognition at the inter-school and inter-college level. Eventually, Lakshmikant stepped into the field with Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh. Around 1983-84, his first major role in the stage play Tour Tour became a landmark in his career. Directed by Purushottam Berde, Tour Tour became an instant catch that led Lakshmikant to fame.
Lakshmikant was prominent theater artist by the time he made his debut into the Marathi cinema with Lek Chalali Sasarla. He made his first public performance with Gajara, a Doordarshan produced program in Marathi. In 1985, Lakshmikant grabbed the role of a second lead. This was with the actor Mahesh Kothare in the movie De Dana Dan. Subsequently, he worked in Dhoom Dadaka alongside Ashok Saraf, another legendary actor in a comedy role. Both the movies did well at the box office and established Lakshmikant overnight.
The golden period of his acting came between the years 1986 to 1996 when he delivered strings of Marathi hits with Balache Baap Brahmachari, Hamaal De Dhamaal, Zapatlela, Bhootacha Bhau, Eka Peksha Ek and Aamhi Doghe Raja Rani. He became a prominent face alongside Ashok Saraf in many blockbuster movies. The actors remained friends for all his life. In fact, the Marathi industry affectionately calls their time as the "Ashok-Laxya" era. Actress Priya Arun was also paired with Lakshmikant in many movies of his career.
In Bollywood, Lakshmikant's debut in Maine Pyar Kia is still counted as one of his most memorable roles. Some other popular movies of his career were Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Saajan, 100 Days, Mere Sapno Ki Rani and around 74 more.
Not many are aware that Lakshmikant was a very good guitarist and a Ventriloquist. He even floated Abhinay Arts, a production house named after his son, in his last years.
Ill Health and Death:
Lakshmikant was suffering from a severe kidney ailment for 3 long months before his condition deteriorated and he passed away on 16 December 2004 leaving everybody tear-eyed. He was just 50 years of age. Berde is survived by his second wife Priya Arun, a daughter Swanandi and a son Abhinay. His first wife Roohi Berde passed away in 1998.
Wife: Priya Arun
(FAN OF Mr. LAKSHMIKANT BERDE)
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