prachi baidwrote on Jul 19 2009 4:14PM
Balraj Sahni was born on May 1, 1913 and passed away on April 13, 1973. He was a famous Hindi film actor. His real name was Yudhishthir Sahni. He belonged to a Punjabi Khatri family .Sahni went from his native Rawalpindi to study in the University of Harvard. He completed his Masters degree in English Literature from Lahore and then went back to Rawalpindi and joined his family business. He also held a Bachelor's degree in Hindi.
Sahni was always interested in acting, and started his acting career with the plays of the Indian People's Theatre Association.
He started his film career in Mumbai with the film Insaaf in the year 1946, followed by Dharti Ke Lal directed by KA Abbas in 1946, Door Chaleinin 1946, and other films. But it was in 1953, with Bimal Roy's classic Do Bigha Zameen, that his true forte as an actor was first recognised. The film won the international prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film made a Sahani a huge star overnight.Sahni's acting was very well liked and appreciated in all his films. He acted opposite top heroines like Nutan, Meena Kumari, Vyjayantimala, and Nargis in films like Seema , Sone Ki Chidiya, Satta Bazaar, Bhabhi Ki Chudiyan , Kathputli , Lajwanti & Ghar Sansaar . He is best remembered by the current generation for the picturization of the legendary song Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen from the movie Waqt which was a huge hit.
Sahni was a man of talent.Beside acting he was born writer, his early writings were in English, though later in life he switched to Punjabi, and became a writer of repute in Punjabi literature.
Sahni was an extremely well read and politically conscious person.Sahni was undoubtedly one of the greatest actors ever to come on the Indian screen: a highly natural actor who reminded the audience of the actors like Motilal because of his simple persona and a sophisticated style of acting. He was looked up to as a role model as he was never involved in any scandal. His acting in Do Bigha Zameen and Garam Hawa were the highlights of his career.
Balraj Sahni died on April 13, 1973, of a massive cardiac arrest at the age of 59.