Wednesday, February 12, 2014

MANHAR DESAI

Manhar Desai acted in protagonist roles of large  number of films from the 40's to 80's mainly in mythological,historical and fictional types.
Manhar Desai was born on August 3, 1917 in Mumbai as Malkum Desai.
His films 'Chandramukhi',  'Madhosh' , 'Mahabharat', 'Sati Annapurna' etc earned him much popularity and accolades.
In the film 'Mangalfera' of 1949 Manhar Desai and Dulari acted in lead roles and earned good response from the critics and audience.
Meena Kumari and Manhar Desai were the lead pair of 1951 film 'Madhosh'  which was directed by J.B.H.Wadia amd  earned accolades.





He acted opposite Nirupa Roy in the hit film 'Nag Panchami' which was
released in 1953.It was directed by Raman B.Desai.
His character as 'Raghu' in the 1955 film 'Sati Annapurna' was nice.
In the 1960 film 'Mahabharat' which was a successful film at the box office, he acted as the popular character 'Karna' which drew much attention and good opinion.
The lead role which he handled for the film 'Chandramukhi'(60) earned him appreciation and accolades.It was directed by R.Thakur.
The role as 'Balram' which he portrayed for 1977 film 'Jai Dwarakadheesh' was also well noted.
In the 1979 film 'Gopal Krishna' he played the role as 'Maharaj Kans'.In the film 'Mahabali Hanuman' he portrayed 'Ravan'.
In the 1980 film 'Geet Gaata Chal' he played the character 'Durga Babu'.

In the 1984 released film 'Maya Bazar' he played 'Bal Ram's' role.
He acted opposite all leading heroines of those period including Meena Kumari,Nirupa Roy,Nigar Sultana,Dulari, Usha Kiran,Anjali etc.
Manhar Desai died on February 25, 1992 in Mumbai.
Selected Filmography
Gun Sundari
Mangalfera
Madhosh
Hyderabad Ki Nazneen
Nag Panchami
Veer Rajputani
Sati Madalasa
Badal Aur Bijali
Jai Amba
Sati Annapurna
Pati Parameshwar
Madari
Chandramukhi
Zabak
Parasmani
Mahabharat
Mehbooba
Sirazuddaula
Maya (T.V.Series)
Srikrishna Leela
Ek Nao Do Kinare
Bazar Band Karo
Hanuman Vijay
Woh Mein Nahin
Jai Santoshi Maa
Jai Dwarakadheesh
Solah Shukrawar
Gopal Krishna
Shankar Parvati
Geet Gaata Chal
Mahabali Hanuman
Sati Nag Kanya
Bhagwan Shri Krishna
Vikram Betaal
Maya Bazaar



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