His friend Baburao Pehelwan usually played the lead in Dada’s movies. Shanta Patel, Chanchal, Leela Gupte, Vitha Lokhare, Usha Shukla, and others were lead heroines. The actor was known to play comic roles instead of playing the lead actor. Dada entered the industry when the number of Bengali actors were reducing while more Punjabi actors were coming in. However, during this time, Marathi actor Bhagwan Dada carved a place for himself in the Hindi film industry. He is credited for making India’s first horror movie ‘Bhedi Bangla’ (1949). Dada introduced fist fighting in Indian movies through his movie ‘Badla’ (1943). Even before Tom Cruise or Akshay Kumar existed, Dada was the first to introduce the concept of body doubles, and hand-in-hand combat to Indian Cinema. The credit goes to Dada that actors today don’t feel any pain in dangerous action sequences.
(Photo: Poster from the movie ‘Bhedi Bangla’)