B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Motilal (real name Motilal Rajyavansh ) was born in Simla in 1910. In early 1930s, Motilal came to Bombay to act in hindi films.
Motilal’s first film was Vatan Parasta (1934). He did many more films as the leading hero, before he neatly shifted to playing character roles. He did around 20 films as a hero.
Motilal’s first widely acclaimed and most popular role was in Bimal Roy’s Devdas (1955), where he played the role of Chunni Babu, Devdas’ friend. He won a lot of accolades for his natural performance. Motilal went on to do many more films in such supporting but strong characters. His notable films in the late 50s are Jagte Raho (1956), Ab Dilli Door Nahin (1957), Anari (1959) and Paigham (1959).
Motilal gave another great performance in Bimal Roy’s Parakh (1960). He also acted in famous films like Leader (1964) and Waqt (1965), and left his own mark on these two films. Motilal always did lesser but qualiy work. He never disappointed his fans. Motilal also directed a film Choti Choti Baatein (1965), which didn’t do well at the box-office. In 1965, Motilal passed away.
Motilal was awarded the Filmfare award twice in 1955 and 1960 for his performances in Devdas and Parakh respectively.
Motilal enjoyed gambling and races. Motilal was in great financial crisis towards the end of his career and he was almost penniless when he died.