Born: 14 June 1920
Died: 27 January 1992
- He was an Indian actor in Hindi language films, scriptwriter and producer, who is best remembered for playing Baiju Bawra in the 1952 film of the same name.
- He was born in Meerut and brought up in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
- He made his debut with the Kidar Sharma hit Chitralekha (1941).
- However, he struggled for over a decade to make a mark in Hindi movies till Baiju Bawra (1952), which gave him instant stardom and legendary status along with Mohammad Rafi, Meena Kumari, and Naushad Ali.
- Though a very talented actor and a prominent star of the 1950s and 1960s in Hindi language films, he often took on roles of tragic musicians in the movies.
- Films in which he starred as a lead actor include Basant Bahar.
- He portrays historical and mythological characters the best in Hindi movies,” states contemporary actor-producer Chandrashekar.
- He wrote scripts and stories for Barsat Ki Raat, Nayi Umar Ki Nayi Fasal, Basant Bahar, Dooj Ka Chand, etc.
- He was the producer of Dooj Ka Chand. His brother R. Chandra made many films such as Bebus, Minar, and Basant Bahar.
- He was the recipient of the second Filmfare best actor award for the film Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in 1954.
- Most of the great songs of major singers of that period such as Rafi, Manna Dey, Talat, and Mukesh were pictured on him.
- He was the first chocolate-faced good-looking star of Hindi films.
- He was one of the few actors who had a good sense of music, so most music-based movies were made with him in lead roles in the 1950s and 1960s.
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