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Veteran Marathi actor Jayram Kulkarni passes away at 88

The actor was best known for his role in the comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s.  

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Veteran Marathi film actor Jayram Kulkarni passed away early morning in Pune today. The actor, who was 88, died of old age. 

Kulkarni, the father-in-law of actress and filmmaker Mrinal Kulkarni, was fond of acting since his childhood. He played the titular role of Moruchi Mavshi in the iconic play by the same name. The character was later immortalized by the late Vijay Chavan. He enrolled at SP College in Pune where he befriended actors like Sharad Talwalkar and Srikant Moghe. 

Kulkarni started working with All India Radio in 1956 and worked in his first film in 1970 as assistant director to Venkatesh Madgulkar. 

Known for his supporting acts, Kulkarni started off his acting career in films with Ha Khel Savalyancha (1976), where he played a chariot rider. Gradually, he started getting more prominent supporting roles. However, he was best known for the riotous comedies of the 1980s and 1990s, an era dominated by the likes of Laxmikant Berde, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Ashok Saraf and Mahesh Kothare.

Some of his prominent films from that period include, Dhum Dhadaka (1985), Mazhe Ghar Mazha Sansar (1986), Gammat Jammat (1987), De Danadan (1987), Chal Re Laxya Mumbaila (1987), Maza Pati Karodpati (1988), Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi (1988), Nasheebwaan (1988), Thartharat (1989) and Bhutacha Bhau (1989).  

One of his memorable performances was in Mahesh Kothare’s Zapatlela (1993), where he played a funny cop. Incidentally, his last film Khel Ayushyacha, just released last week.  

Kulkarni’s last rites will be performed today in the city.