Birth: , India
Master Vithal was an actor who happened to be on the path of the juggernaut of Hindi cinema history. As the hero of the first Indian talkie, `Alam Ara`, Vithal witnessed the same force that elevated him to a permanent place in film annals, also becoming the cause for the annihilation of his career. Master Vithal was discovered by Bombay’s Sharda Film Company, where he helped shape the fledgling action genre in silent films with names like `Masked Cavalier` and `Warrior`. As no talkie offers were forthcoming, Vithal went back to doing silent films in 1932. With Shahu Modak as the hero, Vithal took to direction and his `Awara Shehzada` (’33), where he introduced the concept of a double role, was a success. Vithal continued to do the sporadic Hindi or Marathi films, but that early luminescence of his career had dimmed.