The first of it’s kind with a leading man who looked less ordinary than the most ordinary man on streets took cinema-goers by storm for the simple reason that they could identify themselves much better with a man that looked like him than the kinds of Dharmendra or Rajesh Khanna.
Although primarily an actor (mostly a comedian), he began producing films too, and made Albela in 1951. What’s interesting is that not a single actress at the time was willing to work in his venture, but fate stepped in, and so did Geeta Bali, the charming actress with a winning smile.
Sadly, despite giving a tremendous hit, Bhagwan couldn’t repeat his success again. This site talks about how he was eventually reduced to a poor man who had to give up all his possessions and live a life that he didn’t deserve.
Many say that Bhagwan was quite a mover-shaker, and I have found that to be true. You ought to check out the song, one of my favourites, Shola jo bhadke and you will see for yourself. And it’s also true that one particular step of his in this song seems to have been emulated by the Big B. The song in itself is really cute (for the lack of a better word) with a Hawaii-ian like dance! Quite the western touch, thanks to C. Ramachandran, the composer, who was evidently very impressed with western music. It was Bhagwan who gave the man a break as a composer in his film.
I am still searching for more trivia on this film, and if anyone wishes to contribute, you are most welcome 🙂