Kiran Malikwrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Bharat Bhushan a prominent Hindi film actor of the 50’s and 60’s was born in Aligarh (UP).
He got his first break with Chitralekha in 1941, followed by Bhakta Kabir in 1942. Both the films managed to do well. Between 1942 & 1949 he did few films which weren’t really successful.
Baiju Bawra and Anand Math both released in 1952 consolidated his position in Hindi cinema. Then followed Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Mirza Ghalib in 1954, wherein he had the title roles. These films gave a new lease of life to his film career. Rani Roopmati (1957), Sohni Mahilwal and Phagun (1958) were few of the other films that did well. Sangeet Samrat Tansen where he played the title role of Tansen too became very popular. A few other social dramas also helped him get noticed with the audiences. These included Dooj ka chaand (1964), Pyaar Ka Mausam (1969) and Kahani Kimat Ki (1973). His portrayal of Narad in the 1975 film Jai Santoshi Maa remains etched in the memories of people even today.
In the late 70’s he started doing character roles. The characters of Khan saheb in Umrao Jaan (1981), Jackie Shroff’s father in Hero (1983), Masterjee in Sharabi (1984) are few that are remembered. He continued playing a priest, doctor, judge or the father to the leads in many of his films later. However, these did not gather him much attention from the audience. He died in Mumbai in 1992 after a brief illness.
He lost his first wife, and married actress Ratna, who was his co star in the movie Barsaat Ki Raat. He often played the role of musicians or poets in his films and was referred to as a tragic hero.