Pyarelal Shrivastava, known as P.L.Santoshi, was born on 7 August 1916, in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. He was a writer-director of Hindi films during the 1950s and 60s.
Santoshi made his debut in Bollwyood with the Dev Anand – Guru Dutt starrer Hum Ek Hain in 1946. The movie didn’t do too well. The following year, he made Shehnai (1947) with Kishore Kumar, which gained success.
Khidki (1948) was Santoshi’s next film, which failed to do well. He then made Sargam (1950) with Raj Kapoor, which was successful. After this he made a few films like Apni Chhaya (1950), Shin Shinaki Boobla Boo (1952), Chham Chhama Chham (1952), Chalis Baba Ek Chor (1953), Sabse Bada Rupaiya (1955), Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke (1957), Garma Garam (1957), and Pehli Raat (1959), all of which failed ...» read full biography