“Aye meri zohra-jabeen, tujhe maalum nahi / Tu abhi tak hai haseen aur main jawaan…”. Still humming the song? Yes, who haven’t ever listened to this classic tune. And like it, the actor Balraaz Sahni who was shot in this song will always be remembered in the history of Bollywood for his legendary acting.
Born in Punjab, Balraaz was the brother of notable Hindi writer Bhisham Sahni. Before entering the Bollywood, he went through a number of different phases. First he completed a master degree in English and became an English and Hindi teacher in Tagore’s Visva-Bharti University in Shantiniketan. He also worked for Mahatma Gandhi before joining BBC London Hindi service as a radio announcer.
His career in acting embarked with the plays of Indian People’s Theatre Association. His first Bollywood movie was Insaaf (1946) after which moving inch by inch he worked in many notable movies and excelled in acting. On his death anniversary let us remember some of his best movies of Balraaz Sahni:
Dharti Ke Laal
The movie released in 1946 was based on 1943 Bengal Femine which took the lives of around 1.5 million people. The movie gave Balraaz his first important role in Bollywood movies.
Released in 1973, Garam Hawa is based on the post partition time showing the problems of a Muslim businessman and his people. This significant movie was honoured with many awards and gave the country chance for the official entry to the Academy Award’s Best Foreign Film category.
Based on the famous Kabuliwala story of Rabindranath Tagore, the movie was released in 1961 and was a hit.
With multiple star cast, the movie was directed by Yash Chopra. Balraaz was seen in this film in the role of Lala Kedarnath. The film contains some of the melodious songs of Hindi movie like Aage Bhi Jaane Na Tu, Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen and Waqt Se Din Aur Raat.
Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Anuradha is a story of a recognized singer, who let her passion go to marry a young doctor.
Do Bigha Zamin
Directed by Bimal Roy, Do Bigha Zamin is one of the most classic cinema of Bollywood.
The story of the film is based on a lower middle class of Indian society. This blockbuster hit came in the year 1969.