Purushottam Laxman Deshpande (Marathi: पुरुषोत्तम लक्ष्मण देशपांडे) (8 November 1919 – 12 June 2000) was a distinguished Marathi writer from the state of Maharashtra, India. He was popularly known by just his initials as पु. ल. ("Pu. La.") and was also given the affectionate title of Maharashtraache laadake vyaktimattva (Maharashtra's most beloved personality). Apart from his writing, P. L. Deshpande was well-known for his all-round achievements as an accomplished film and stage actor, music composer, harmonium player, singer and orator.