Birth: xx-xx-1920, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
Bharat Bhushan (1920–1992) was an Indian bollywood actor, scriptwriter and producer, who is best remembered for playing Baiju Bawra in the 1952 film of the same name. He was born in Meerut, and brought up in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
His father, Raibahadur Motilal, was the government pleader of Meerut. His mother died when he was two years old. His elder brother was film producer R.Chandra, who also owned the Ideal Studio at Lucknow. Both the brothers left for Aligarh to stay with their grandfather, after their mothers death. He did his studies and took a Graduate degree from Aligarh. After this he moved to acting against his father's wishes. He first went to Calcutta to join cinema and later established himself in Bombay. He married from a prominent family in Lucknow, Zamindar Raibahadur Budha Prakash's daughter Sharadha. They had two daughters, Anuradha and Aparijitha. He married actress Ratna, his co-star in the movie Barsaat Ki Raat.
He struggled for over a decade to make a mark in Hindi movies till the movie Baiju Bawra, which gave him instant stardom and legendary status along with Mohammad Rafi, Meena Kumari and Naushad. Though a very talented actor and a prominent star of the 1950s and 1960s in Bollywood. He often took on roles of tragic musicians in the movies. Films in which he starred as lead actor include Basant Bahar.
'He portrays historical and mythological characters the best in Hindi movies', states contemporary actor-producer Chandrashekar. He wrote scripts and stories for Barsat ki raat, Nai umar ki nai fasal, Basant Bahaar, Dooj ka chand, etc. He was the producer of Dooj Ka Chand. His brother R.Chandra made many films such as Beybus, Minar, and Basant Bahar.
Most of the great songs of all major singers of that period Rafi, Manna Dey, Talat, and Mukesh were pictured on him. He was the first chocolate-faced good-looking star of Hindi films.
Bharat Bhushan acted in Bollywood movies until the 1990s. He is still loved and revered by the Indians for the great movies and great songs that he gave in spite of personal tragedies and stiff competition from his contemporaries. He is considered to be one of the greatest stars and legends of Hindi cinema.