Paidi Jairaj

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Paidi Jairaj (born 28 September 1909 – 11 August 2000) was an Indian actor, director and producer known for his works primarily in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati language films, and Telugu theatre.[2][3] He holds the record of having the longest career in Indian films.

Paidi Jairaj
P. Jairaj in Magroor (1950).jpg
Born(1909-09-28)28 September 1909
Died11 August 2000(2000-08-11) (aged 90)
Alma materNizam College
Years active1929–1995
Spouse
Savitri
(m. 1940)
AwardsDadasaheb Phalke Award (1980)

During the talkie period, from 1931 onwards, he started with Shikari in Urdu and English languages. Subsequently, he became one of the leading actors for about two decades, along with v.Shantaram, Ashok Kumar, Prithviraj Kapoor, Motilal etc. He starred in about 170 feature films in a variety of roles. He directed a few films such as Mohar, Mala (1943), Pratima, Rajghar and Saagar (1951), which he produced. In 1980, he was awarded with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest award for films in India, for his contributions to Indian cinema.[3][4]

Early lifeEdit

Jairaj was born in Sircilla of Hyderabad State (present-day Telangana) on 28 September 1909. He had two brothers - Paidi Sundararaja, Paidi Deendayal (Artist) and Paidi Jairaj was the youngest.[3]

CareerEdit

Jairaj developed an interest in theatre and films during his graduate studies at Nizam College, and left for Bombay in 1929.[5] He made his acting debut in 1929 with the silent film Star Kling Youth, and subsequently he acted in about eleven silent films including Triangle of Love, Mathru Bhoomi, All for Lover, Mahasagar Mothi, Flight into Death, My Hero etc.[2][3]

He played the characters of Amar Singh Rathore [1957], Prithviraj Chauhan [1959], and Maharana Pratap [1960] among notable films. He also essayed the roles of Shah Jahan [1947], Tipu Sultan [1959] and Haider Ali [1962]. His other portrayals have been in films such as Sassi Punnu [1947], Hatimtai [1956], Chandrashekar Azad [1963] and Durga Das [1964] among others. Jairaj did six films with Suraiya in the 1940s and 1950s, five of them, viz. Humaari Baat (1943), Singaar (1949), Amar Kahani (1949), Rajput (1951) and Resham (1952) as her hero, and one of them, Lal Kunwar (1952), as second lead. In 1952, he produced and directed his own film Sagar, which was not well received by the audiences, but he was still committed to cinema.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

He married a Punjabi woman, Savitri, from Delhi. It was an arranged marriage. Prithviraj Kapoor's father had chosen the bride for him.[7] He had two sons and three daughters. His wife died a year before him of cancer. His daughter Geeta Gupta looked after him in his last years. Rajan Shahi, TV producer-director, is his daughter's son (maternal grandson), the sole person of Jairaj's extended family in Bollywood.[2][8][9] Jairaj died in Mumbai on 11 August 2000.[2][3][5]

Popular cultureEdit

A one-hour documentary, Life journey of Jairaj, was made by the Government of Telangana in 2018 to celebrate his life.[10]

AwardsEdit

National Film Awards

FilmographyEdit

ActorEdit

Year Film Notes
1930 Jagmagti Jawani
1932 Shikari
1933 Maya Jaal
Patit Pawan
Aurat Ka Dil
1934 Mazdoor
1935 Sher Dil Aurat
Jeevan Natak
1937 Toofani Khazana
1938 Bhabhi
Madhur Milan
1939 Jugari
Leatherface
1940 Chambe Di Kali
1941 Prabhat
Mala
Swami
1942 Nai Duniya
Khilona
Tamanna
1943 Nai Kahani
Hamari Baat
Prem Sangeet
1944 Panna
1945 Rahat
1946 Shahjehan
Salgirah
Rajputani
1947 Manmani
1948 Sajan Ka Ghar
Anjuman
Azadi Ki Raah Par
1949 Darogaji
Roomal
Singaar
Amar Kahani
1951 Rajput
Saagar
1952 Lal Kunwar
Resham
1954 Baadbaan
1955 Teerandaz
Insaniyat
1956 Parivar
Hatim Tai
1957 Mumtaz Mahal
Journey Beyond Three Seas Pardesi
1959 Char Dil Char Raahein
1960 Return of Mr. Superman Mr. Superman ki Wapsi
Lal Quila
Chambe Di Kali Punjabi movie
1961 Razia Sultana
Aas Ka Panchhi
Jai Chitod
1962 Pick Pocket
1963 Nine Hours to Rama
Gul-e-Bakawali
1964 Khufia Mahal
1965 Baghi Haseena
1966 Maya
1967 Baharon Ke Sapne
1968 Neel Kamal
1970 Gunah Aur Kanoon
Jeevan Mrityu
1971 Nadaan
Chhoti Bahu
Chingari
1972 Shehzada
1973 Gehri Chaal
Suraj Aur Chanda
Chhalia
Naag Mere Saathi
1974 Chor Chor
Faslah
1975 Sholay Police Commissioner
Kala Sona
Dharmatma
Jogidas Khuman
Himalay Se Ooncha
Toofan
1976 Hera Pheri
Charas
Bairaag
Naag Champa
1977 Chhailla Babu
Kachcha Chor
1978 Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
Don
Aakhri Daku
Khoon Ka Badla Khoon
1979 Ahimsa
Khandaan
Nagin Aur Suhagan
1980 Jyoti Bane Jwala
Chunaoti
Jazbaat
Shiv Shakti
1981 Fiffty Fiffty
Khoon Aur Paani
Kranti
1983 Ardh Satya
Masoom
Karate
Pukar
Paanchwin Manzil
1984 Bindiya Chamkegi
Unchi Uraan
1986 Zinda Laash
1988 Khoon Bhari Maang
1992 Lambu Dada
1993 Meri Aan
1994 Betaaj Badshah
1995 God and Gun

DirectorEdit

Year Film Notes
1945 Pratima
1951 Saagar
1959 Mohar

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Paithari, Raghu. "Sircilla-born Jairaj still remains unsung in film industry". Telangana Today. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "rediff.com, Movies: Jairaj's son asked to vacate father's flat".
  3. ^ a b c d e Luminaries of 20th Century, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005
  4. ^ "::DIRECTORATE OF FILM FESTIVALS::". Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Paidi Jairaj 105 Jayanthi Utsavam".
  6. ^ Mahajan, Vidya. "Paidi Jairaj - The Invincible Celluloid Man".
  7. ^ "Jairaj – Profile".
  8. ^ Team, Tellychakkar. "Did you know that director Rajan Shahi and veteran film actor P.Jairaj are related?".
  9. ^ "How Rajan Shahi became a successful TV producer - TelevisionPost.com".
  10. ^ "Documentary on Telangana's Paidi Jairaj to be released". telanganatoday.com. Archived from the original on 26 July 2018.

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