In pictures: Marathi film stars and their Bollywood connect
Sonalee Kulkarni is known for her role in the 2009 Marathi film 'Natarang'. She was also seen in films like 'Classmates', 'Mitwaa' and 'Shutter'. She made her Bollywood debut with the adult sex comedy 'Grand Masti' where she played the role of Ritesh Deshmukh's wife Mamta
Apart from working in Marathi films like 'Rita', 'Sanai Choughade', 'Balak Palak', 'Time Please' and 'Classmates', Sai Tamhanhar made her mark in Bollywood with 'Hunterrr'. She was also seen in a small role as Jiah Khan's friend in 'Ghajini'
Sonali Kulkarni won critical acclaim for her Marathi as well as Hindi films. Her extensive work in Marathi films include names like 'Doghi', 'Deool', 'Chaitra', 'Devari' and 'Dr. Prakash Baba Amte'. She rose to prominence in Bollywood with 'Mission Kashmir' and 'Dil Chahta Hai'
Swapnil Joshi is fondly remembered as 'Krishna' for essaying the deity in Ramanand Sagar's mythological TV show by the same name. He went on to work in several Hindi TV shows like 'Amanat', 'Hudd Kar Di' and 'Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand'. He essayed the role of Vikram Dixit in Nana Patekar's film 'Ghulam-E-Mustafa' (1997). 'Checkmate' (2008), 'Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai' (2010) and 'Duniyadari' (2013) are among the Marathi films to his credit
Laxmikant Berde was perhaps one of the best comedians in Indian cinema. In 1985, he acted in the Marathi movie 'De Dana Dan' and then alongside Ashok Saraf in 'Dhoom Dadaka'. Both these films turned out to be hits and Berde established his trademark comedy style. He followed it with a string of blockbusters like 'Hamaal De Dhamaal', 'Balache Baap Brahmachari', 'Eka Peksha Ek', 'Bhootacha Bhau' and 'Zapatlela' that catapulted him to stardom. In most films, he starred alongside Ashok Saraf and the pair is considered as one of the most successful lead actor pairs in Marathi cinema. Berde's first Bollywood film was Sooraj Barjatya's 'Maine Pyar Kiya' starring Salman Khan in 1989. Some of his other Hindi films include 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!', 'Saajan', 'Beta', '100 Days' and 'Anari'. . In most films, he was paired with his wife Priya Arun. He passed away in Mumbai on December 16, 2004 due to a kidney ailment
Ashok Saraf has appeared in many Hindi and Marathi films. Since the late '60s, Ashok Saraf has been known for his comedy films, many of which he appeared in with Laxmikant Berde. Apart from films, Ashok Saraf also starred in TV shows like 'Yeh Choti Badi Baatein' and 'Hum Paanch'. One of his most memorable roles in Bollywood has been that of 'Munshiji' in 'Karan Arjun'
Siddharth Jadhav has worked in successful Marathi films like 'Jatra', 'Aga Bai Arrecha!', 'Saade Maade Teen', 'De Dhakka', 'Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy', 'Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho' and 'Time Please'. He has also acted in Bollywood films like 'Golmaal' and 'Golmaal Returns'
Sanjay Narvekar's portrayal of Sanjay Dutt's sidekick 'Dedh Phutiya' in the Hindi film 'Vaastav' garnered him rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. He has worked in several Marathi films including 'Sarivar Sari', 'Aga Bai Arrecha!' and 'Checkmate'. He collaborated with Siddharth Jadhav in many hit films forming one of the most hilarious pairs in Marathi cinema.