Thursday, December 12, 2013

P.JAIRAJ

One of the renowned action heroes of Bollywood who  started very early from 1929 in silent films and continued successfully in talkies was P.Jairaj whose original name was Paidipathi Jairula Naidu.He



was born on Sept. 28, 1909 at  Karimnagar,Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh.
At the age of nineteen he left home and went to Bombay to join Navy but his ambition was not materialized.He lived in Bombay doing odd jobs but tried to get roles in films with the help of friends from Hyderabad who were working in Studios.Because he had a good physique and personality he got roles in silent movies of that period.Very soon he became a sensation and received roles in several films  and many of his films were hits. During 1929-31 he could act in 11 silent films.The success continued with the advent of sound films also.'Shikari' was his first talkie which was an action packed jungle film.He had at that period successful films like 'Rifle Girl,Hamari Izzat,Bhabhi,Panna' etc  which were all hits.
During talkie period he was one among the top heroes like 'Pritviraj Kapoor,Shantaram,Motilal' etc.He acted with top heroines like 'Shobhana Samarth,Sashikala,Shakeela,Madhuri,Devika Rani,Khursheed,Nirupa Roy' etc.
He could act in a few Marathi and Gujarati films also.Even though he was hailing from Andhra Pradesh, in his long acting career he did not act in Telugu or any other South Indian languages, but acted in Hindi,Urdu,Marathi and Gujarati films.
He tried direction and production also.Young Dilip Kumars's second film 'Pratima' was directed by P.Jairaj  in 1945.
He produced and directed film 'Sagar' in 1951.The film did not collect well at the box Office and he had to bear losses in that regard.He was well versed in all aspects of film making such as editing,lab processing etc also.
.'Khoon Bhari Mang' film of Rekha,Rishi Kapoor,Dimple Kapadia was remake of an earlier film of P.Jairaj in which Bharat Bhushan,P.Jairaj and Nargis acted.
He directed films like 'Mohar,Mala(43)Pratima(45),Rajghar,Sagar(51) etc.
He worked with Meena Kumari,Madhubala, and Suraiya when they were child stars and when they became leading ladies also.
His impressive  body figure, emotive dialogue delivery with  an impact,expressive face and dignified movements,speed of actions and his skill in horse riding etc.

were all qualities for him to portray historical legends effectively on the screen.He portrayed historical heroes like  'Rajaputani,Shajahan,Amar Singh Rathod,Veer Durga Das,Pritviraj Chauhan,Rana Pratap,Tippu Sultan,Allauddin,Rana Hameer,Chandrasekhar Azad  and many more.
He was a good organiser and was involved with many films and non-films associations.He organised charity stage shows of film stars and cricket plays of film stars for charity causes.He was organiser for Award shows also.He was fond of dance,music,reading and had keen interest in sports too.In the film field he was endeared to all artists and technicians.He had a long career of seventy years in cinema.


He married a Punjabi girl and he was blessed with six children.
He was recipient of 'Filmfare Lifetime  Achievement Award'.
and 'Dada Saheb Phalke Award'(which is the highest cinema Award in India).
P.Jairaj died on Aug.11, 2000 in Mumbai at the age of 91.
Selected Filmography
Shikari
Patit Pawan
Maya Jal
Aurat Ka Dil
Mazdoor
Sher Dil Aurat
Jeewan Natak
Madhur Milan
Leather face
Jugari
Chambe ki Kali
Swami
Prabhat
Mala
Tamanna
Khilona
Prem Sangeet
Nai Kahani
Hamari Baat
Panna
Shajahan
Rajputani
Sajan Ka Ghar
Anjuman
Darogali
Amar Kahani
Sagar
Rajput
Lal Kunwar
Kanchan
Sultana Daku
Parivar
Pardesi
Mumtaz Mahal
Bazigar
Return of Mr.Superman
Jaglugar Daku
Zingaro
Captain Sheru
Maharani Padmini
Sarfarosh
Baghi Haseena
Maya
Gunah Aur Kanoon
Chhoti Bahu
Bazigar
Alam Ara
Chor Chor
Sholay
Himalay se Oonche
Charas
Heera Pheri
Chhailla Babu
Dil Aur Pathar
Aakhri Daku
Don
Khoon Ka Badla Khoon
Ahimsa
Kranti
Khoon Aur Pani
Fifty Fifty
Pukar
Masoom
Unchi Uraan



  

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