Saturday, April 19, 2014

BHAGWAN DADA

Bhagwan Dada was a highly  talented person who was active in Bollywood cinema and Marathi cinema  for five decades  from the silent era  who  directed 34 films, scripted two films, produced several films,owned a  film studio in Mumbai and also acted in large number of films.
He was born as the son of a textile Mill worker in  Mumbai on August 1, 1913 as Bhagwan Abhaji Palav.He was very fond of films and wished to become a film actor from his childhood.He also had to accept the job as a labourer but also  acted in  bit roles of  silent films.Due to his good physique and acting abilities he soon got more important roles.Since he had the skill of wresting he was called as Bhagwan Dada.He was also famous as 'Master Bhagwan'.
He co-directed his first film with Pawar in 1938 titled 'Bahadur Kisan'.From 1938 to 1949 he directed  so many low budget stunt and action films which were very popular among the working class.
The Tamil film which he directed in 1941 'Vana Mohini' starring M.K.Radha and a Sri Lankan heroine 'Thavamani' was well noted and received good opinion.
He became a producer in 1942 with 'Jagriti Pictures' and he owned 'Jagriti Studios' at Chembur in Mumbai in 1947.
The social theme  film 'Albela' which he made starring Bhagwan and Geeta Bali was a huge hit.In this film Bhagwan depicted a simpleton and the dance numbers he created for this film was also very popular and liked by the audience.He could not repeat his success later on and had to cease film production and direction.
In 1942 as part of a scene he had to slap on the face of the  actress Lalita Pawar and Bhagwan slapped very hard which resulted in a burst left eye vein.She had to take treatment for three years.
Bhagwan after selling out his studio,Bungalow,and fleet of cars  acted in many films in comedy roles, dance scenes,Cameo roles etc later on  but was noted only in Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje, and Chori Chori.
He was in a state of poverty when he died at his residence in Dadar, Mumbai  on February 4, 2002 at the age of 89.
Selected Filmography










As a Director
Bahadur Kisan
Gunahgaar
Vanamohini
Bahadur
Nagma E Sahra
Dosti
Lalach
Jalan
Bhola Bhale
Babooji
Pyara Dushman
Bhala  Aadmi
As an Actor
Zaban
Nagma E Sahra
Tumhari Kasam
Matlahi
Jalan
Bhole Piya
Bakhshish
Babooji
Damaad
Albela
Sinbad the Sailor
Goonj Char Chand
Flying Man
Bandish
Chori Chori
Trolley Driver
Dulhan
Mohar
Bhakt Raj
Forty Days
Tower House
Stree
Salam Memsaab
Khooni Khazane
Aandhi Aur Toofan
Sher Dil
Char Darwaza
Ladke Ladki
Gunda
Geet
Mangu Dada
Daku Mangal Singh
Balak Dhruv
Jaggu
Toote Khilone
Chacha Bhatija
Aasha
Do Premee
Saajan Ki Saheli
Biwi O Biwi
Professor Pyarelal
Sun Sajna
Kaam Chor
Nastik
Katilon Ka katil
Ganga Ke Paar
Alag Alag
Hatya
Maine Pyar Kiya
Mera Damad
Naseeb


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