Friday, 14 June 2019

Bharat Bhushan - The Actor Who Gave Many Musical Hits

Bharat Bhushan,he  may have never been a swashbuckling hero, but he was just right as the sensitive, suffering poet-musician in several hit musicals in the fifties and sixties.He came well before Dilp Kumar,Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor ,was not as popular as the trio but, was a hit hero.Remember the films Baiju Bawra, Mirza Ghalib, Basant Bahar, Kavi Kalidas, Barsaat Ki Raat and Sangeet Samraat Tansen where he portrayed an artist who was at odds with a cruel world but still retained a song on his lips.
Bharat Bhushan was born on 14 June 1920 Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.He began his career in his early forties with a supporting role in the controversial Chitralekha (1941). He had to struggle for over a decade to make a mark in Hindi movies till Baiju Bawra (1952), which gave him instant stardom and legendary status along with Mohammad RafiMeena Kumari and Naushad Ali.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1953), for which Bhushan bagged the Filmfare Best Actor Award,Sohrab Modi's Mirza Ghalib (1954) saw Bhushan playing a poet (the eponymous Ghalib) whose wife and lover were played by Nigar Sultana and Suraiya respectively; in Basant Bahar (1956), he played a singer once again.
His list of leading ladies included Meena Kumari, Nargis and Nutan. His well-liked pairing with Madhubala began with his cameo in the Madhubala-centric Gateway Of India, escalated with the success of the musical, Phagunand reached its peak with Barsaat Ki Raat
The 1960s began well for Bhushan with Barsaat Ki Raat and the ensemble hit, Ghunghat (opposite Bina Rai), but there were several younger heroes on the scene now. In 1964, his ambitious colour starrers like Jahan Ara (opposite Mala Sinha) and Dooj Ka Chand (opposite B Saroja Devi) failed.He incurred heavy losses, he had to sell his properties and even cars to clear his debts.
He swiched to character roles,his stint as the older man began on a hopeful note with Rajshri's Taqdeer (1967), but the film failed.He played father role of Shashi Kapoor in Pyar Ka Mausam (1969) In the 70s and 80s hewas reduced to accepting minor roles till he died ln 1992
Song of Baiju Bawra 1952

Song of Baiju Bawra 1952

Song of Mirz Ghalib 1954

Song of Basant Bahar

Song of Barsaat Ki Raat 1960

Song of  Sangeet Samraat Tansen 1962

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