(1 August 1913 – 4 February 2002) was an Indian actor and film director. He is best known for his social film Albela
Bhagwan Dada was born in 1913 as Bhagwan Abhaji Palav. He was the son of a textile mill worker but was obsessed with films. He worked as a labourer but dreamt of films. He got his break with bit roles in silent films and got totally involved with the studios. He learnt film making and at one stage used to make low budget films (in which he arranged for everything including the design of costumes and arranging meals for the cast) for Rs 65000 (at that time US$ = Rs.5-6 so roughly $10000 to 11000 - that's 1US$ = Rs.50 as per today's conversion).
From 1938 to 1949 he directed a string of low budget stunt and action films that were popular with the working classes. He usually played a naive simpleton.
In 1942, as part of a scene, he had to slap actress Lalita Pawar
hard. He accidentally slapped her very hard, which resulted in facial paralysis and a burst left eye vein. Three years of treatment later Pawar was left with a defective left eye.
In 1951 he turned producer with Jagriti Pics and Bhagwan Arts Production, owning Jagriti Studios, Chembur. On advice from Raj Kapoor he turned to making a social film called Albela
starring Bhagwan and Geeta Bali
, and featuring music by his friend Chitalkar
, or C. Ramchandra
. The songs of the film, in particular "Shola jo bhadke" are still remembered. Albela was a huge... Read More