Remembering Motilal, one of the all-time great actors of Hindi cinema, on his 54th death anniversary today.
Motilal is easily one of the greatest actors ever in Hindi films. Motilal was effortlessly natural. You never felt he was acting. He never failed to amaze moviegoers with his completely natural ways before the camera.
His most well-known roles are of the conman Mr. Sampat in SS Vasan’s film adaptation of RK Narayan’s novel of the same name and Chunni Babu in Bimal Roy’s Devdas (1955). With both characters, he had the gift of the gab, making sure your eyes never left him when he was on screen.
In his acting career that spanned 31 years (1934 to 1965), Motilal starred in over 60 films, with at least 30 in the lead.