Remembering Agha, the renowned Hindi film comedian of the ’50s and ’60s, on his 26th death anniversary.
Aghajan Baig, popularly known as Agha, was one of the earliest well-established comedians of Hindi cinema. He had a long and successful career as a comedian right up to 1977. He along with Johnny walker, Yakub and Gope formed the first generation of comedians of Hindi cinema. Making his debut in 1932 with Parwana, Agha became popular with the movie Ghunghat in 1960.
Spanning a career of almost 50 years Agha has given life to more than 300 character roles of Hindi cinema. His best films include Insaniyat, Patita, Ghar Sansar, Prithvi, Kali Topi Lal Rumal, Ghunghat, Sharada and Beta Beti. The popular song “Andhe Jahan Ke Andhe Raaste” from Patita (1953) — sung by Talat Mahmood and tuned by Shankar Jaikishan — was picturized on him.
His son Jalal Agha was also an actor, whose premature death at 49 cut short his career.
Agha died in 1992 at the age of 78.