Motilal Rajvansh

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Motila
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Born Motilal Rajvansh
(1910-12-04)4 December 1910
Shimla, India
Died 17 June 1965(1965-06-17) (aged 54)[1]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Years active 1934–1965
Awards Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award: Devdas(1955) ; Parakh (1960)

Motilal Rajvansh (1910–1965) was an Indian film actor and the winner of Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Devdas (1955) and Parakh (1960).[2][3] He is credited with being among Hindi cinema’s first natural actors.

He also directed a film Chhoti Chhoti Baatein (1965) but died before its release. At the 13th National Film Awards, it won the award for Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film and he posthumously won Certificate of Merit for the Best Story Writer.[4][5]

Early life and background[edit]

Born in Shimla on 4 December 1910,[6] Motilal came from a distinguished family from Delhi.[7] His father was a renowned educationist, who died when Motilal was one year old. He was brought up by his uncle who was a well-known civil surgeon in Uttar Pradesh. At first, Moti was sent to an English school at Shimla and later, in Uttar Pradesh (UP). Thereafter he shifted to Delhi where he continued with school and college.

Acting career[edit]

Motilal Rajvansh said of his screen career with characteristic humour:[8]

After leaving college, Moti came to Bombay to join the Navy, but he fell ill and could not appear for the test. Fate had other choices charted out for him. One day, he went to see a film shoot at Sagar Studios, where director K. P. Ghosh was shooting. Motilal, even then, was quite the man about the town and he caught Ghosh’s eye. In 1934 (aged 24), he was offered the hero's role in Shaher Ka Jadoo (1934) by the Sagar Film Company. He later featured in several successful social dramas alongside Sabita Devi, including Dr. Madhurika (1935) and Kulvadhu (1937). He worked with Mehboob Khan in Jagirdar (1937) and Hum Tum Aur Woh (1938) under the Sagar Movietone banner,[9] in Taqdeer (1943) for Mehboob Productions,[10] and Kidar Sharma's Armaan (1942) and Kaliyan (1944). He also acted in S. S. Vasan's film "Paigham" (1959) (Gemini Studios), and Raj Kapoor's "Jagte Raho" (1956).

In 1965, he also acted in a Bhojpuri film Solaho Singar Kare Dulhaniya.[11]

Perhaps the role for which he received the most critical appreciation was that of the gentleman crook in S. S. Vasan’s adaptation of R K Narayan’s book Mr Sampat (1952). He is most remembered for his role as ‘Chunni Babu’ in Bimal Roy’s Devdas (1955), for which he won his first Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. Actor, Naseeruddin Shah once described him as one of three all time best actors of Hindi cinema, others being Balraj Sahni and Yakub.

Personal life[edit]

Though Motilal was very suave and polished, and moved in high society, towards the end of his life he was in financial difficulty. Although a thorough gentleman, he enjoyed gambling and races, and died almost penniless in 1965.

He had a very intimate relationship for several years with the actress Nadira. He was involved with actress Shobhna Samarth after she separated from her husband,[12] he played the role of Samarth's real-life daughter Nutan's father in Hamari Beti, Shobhana's launch movie for Nutan. He also played her guardian in Anari, though this time the role had a villainous touch to it.

Tribute[edit]

Amitabh Bachchan wrote in the foreword of "The Hundred Luminaries of Hindi Cinema". "Not much has been written in praise of a great and very natural actor. He (Motilal) was greatly ahead of his times. Were he alive today his sheer versatility would have ensured a place for him even now. In fact, he would be doing much better than many of us"

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

  1. Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai (1966)
  2. Chhoti Chhoti Baaten (1965)
  3. Waqt (1965)
  4. Solaho Singar Kare Dulhaniya (Bhojpuri) (1965)
  5. Ji Chahta Hai (1964)
  6. Leader (1964)
  7. Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke (1963)
  8. Asli-Naqli (1962)
  9. Parakh (1960)
  10. Anari (1959)
  11. Paigham (1959)
  12. Ab Dilli Dur Nahin (1957)
  13. Jagte Raho (1956)
  14. Devdas (1955)
  15. Dhoon (1953)
  16. Ek Do Teen (1953)
  17. Apni Izzat (1952)
  18. Mr. Sampat (1952)
  19. Hamari Beti (1950)
  20. Hanste Aansoo (1950)
  21. Ek Thi Ladki (1949)
  22. Lekh (1949)
  23. Gajre (1948)
  24. Mera Munna (1948)
  25. Do Dil (1947)
  26. Phoolwari (1946)
  27. Dost (1944)
  28. Mujrim (1944)
  29. Raunaq (1944)
  30. Umang (1944)
  31. Aage Kadam (1943)
  32. Taqdeer (1943)
  33. Tasveer (1943)
  34. Armaan (1942)
  35. Pardesi (1941)
  36. Sasural (1941)
  37. Achhut (1940)
  38. Holi (1940)
  39. Aap Ki Marzi (1939)
  40. Sach Hai (1939)
  41. Hum Tum Aur Woh (1938)
  42. Teen Sau Din Ke Baad (1938)
  43. Captain Kirti Kumar (1937)
  44. Jagirdar (1937)
  45. Kulvadhu (1937)
  46. Kokila (1937)
  47. Dilawar (1936)
  48. Do Diwane (1936)
  49. Jeevan Lata (1936)
  50. Lagna Bandhan (1936)
  51. Do Ghadi Ki Mauj (1935)
  52. Dr. Madhurika (1935)
  53. Silver King (1935)
  54. Shaher Ka Jadoo (1934)
  55. Vatan Parasta (1934)

Director[edit]

  1. Chhoti Chhoti Baatein (1965)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A trip down memory lane with actor Motilal". Times of India. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Filmfare Awards
  3. ^ Sukanya Verma (25 September 2014). "Classic Revisited: Bimal Roy's satirical gem, Parakh". Rediff.com movies. Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  4. ^ "13th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "13th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Pathetic Facts
  7. ^ "Motilal". Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  8. ^ Acting career
  9. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Routledge. pp. 276–. ISBN 978-1-135-94318-9. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  10. ^ Darlingji by Kishwar Desai Filmography pg. 433. Published by Harper Collins India ISBN 978-81-7223-697-7
  11. ^ "A trip down memory lane with actor Motilal - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  12. ^ D, Johnny. "Star couples search for love". HindustanTimes.com. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 

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