Today is Actor Bhagwan Dada’s death anniversary. He expired this day in 2002. Born in 1913 as Bhagwan Abhaji Palav to a textile-mill worker, he was also known as Bhagwan in short. He began working as a laborer, but often dreamed of working in the movies. As luck would have it, he began getting bit roles in silent movies and then got completely involved in the movie studios.
He learnt movie-making from scratch and would make low-budget movies within 65k rupees. The amount included all expenses from the costume-design to meals for the cast. I had tried to get in touch with him at the beginning of my career. Unfortunately, he was very ill when I had called. I had to give up meeting this actor, who had made me laugh as a child, several times when I saw his old movies on the television.
Bollywood and Actor Bhagwan Dada’s Death Anniversary:
Some Bollywood songs picturized on Bhagwan Dada are:
Bholi surat dil ke khote… Albela (1951)
Mehfil mein mere kaun yeh deewana aa gaya… Albela (1951)
Qismat ki hawa kabhi naram… Albela (1951)
Sham dhale khidki tale… Albela (1951)
Shola jo bhadke… Albela (1951)
Tum arbonka her pher… Chori Chori (1956)
Naam mera Nimmo mukam Ludhiana… Sapan Suhane (1961)