, Shimla, India
Motilal was an Indian film actor and the winner of Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, twice, for the films `Devdas` (1955) and `Parakh` (1960). Motilal Rajvansh is credited with being among Hindi cinema’s first natural actors. He is most remembered for his role as ‘Chunni Babu’ in Bimal Roy’s `Devdas` (1955), for which he won his first Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.
In 1934, at the age of 24, he was offered the role of the hero in `Shaher Ka Jadoo` and went on to feature in many successful social dramas including `Dr. Madhurika` (1935) and `Kulvadhu` (1937), `Jagirdar` (1937), `Hum Tum Aur Woh` (1938), `Taqdeer` (1943), `Armaan` (1942) and `Kaliyan` (1944). Perhaps his most famous role was that of the gentleman crook in S S Vasan’s adaptation of R K Laxman’s book, `Mr. Sampat` (1952).
Although a thorough gentlemen, he enjoyed gambling and died almost penniless in 1965.