A fitting tribute for Bhagwan Dada to mark his birth centenary

Aug 01, 2013, 08:34 IST | Shaheen Parkar

To mark Bhagwan Dada's birth centenary today, a biopic is being planned on the yesteryear actor-filmmaker.Best remembered for his 1951 film Albela and the song Shola Jo Bhadke, Bhagwan Dada passed away in 2002

Though his last days were tragic and he died in penury, the film plans to focus more on his heydays. In the 1940s, he was apparently the richest actor with a fleet of 40 cars. Says producer Dr Monish S Babre, “We have sought permission from Bhagwan Dada’s son Arun Palav.


All those who love to watch old films will remember Bhagwan Dada and particularly his unique dance movements. It is our tribute to him.” Though a doctor by profession, Babre also has his own production house, as he is equally passionate about filmmaking.

Bhagwan’s unique dance steps were made even more famous by Amitabh Bachchan who used it as his default dance step in several of his 1980s flicks. The biopic will be directed by Niranjan Patwardhan, who has worked with Madhur Bhandarkar earlier.

The script is by Isaaq Mujawar who has penned several books on the late actor while Nitin Chandrakant Desai will be doing the art design. Bhagwan Dada, who often played a naïve simpleton in several films, began acting in the silent era before turning producer-director.

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