Profession: Actor , Director, Music Director, Singer, Story Writer, Supporting Actor
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  • Also Know as :- Motilal
  • Profession:- Actor , Director, Music Director, Singer, Story Writer, Supporting Actor
  • Gender :- male
  • Birthdate:- 04 Dec 1910
  • Debut Year:- 1934
  • Active Years:- 17 Jun 1965

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Motilal Rajvansh (4 December 1910 – 17 June 1965) was an Indian film actor and the winner of Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Devdas (1955) and Parakh (1960).He is credited with being among Hindi cinema's first natural actors.

He also directed the film Choti Choti Baaten (1965), but died before its release. At the 13th National Film Awards, it won the award for Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film and he posthumously won the Certificate of Merit for the Best Story Writer.

Born in Shimla on 4 December 1910, Motilal came from a distinguished family from Delhi. His father was a renowned educationist, who died when Motilal was one year old. He was brought up by his uncle who was a well-known civil surgeon in Uttar Pradesh. At first, Moti was sent to an English school at Shimla and later, in Uttar Pradesh (UP). Thereafter, he shifted to Delhi where he continued with school and college.

Motilal was very suave and polished, and moved in high society, towards the end of his life he was in financial difficulty. Although a thorough gentleman, he enjoyed gambling and races, and died almost penniless in 1965.

He had a very intimate relationship for several years with the actress Nadira. He was involved with actress Shobhna Samarth after she separated from her husband,and he played the role of Samarth's real-life daughter Nutan's father in Hamari Beti, Shobhana's launch movie for Nutan. He also played her guardian in Anari, though this time the role had a villainous touch to it.

After leaving college, Moti came to Bombay to join the Navy, but he fell ill and could not appear for the test. Fate had other choices charted out for him. One day, he went to see a film shoot at Sagar Studios, where director K.P.Ghosh was shooting. Motilal, even then, was quite the man about the town and he caught Ghosh's eye. In 1934 (aged 24), he was offered the hero's role in Shaher Ka Jadoo (1934) by the Sagar Film Company. He later featured in several successful social dramas alongside Sabita Devi, including Dr. Madhurika (1935) and Kulvadhu (1937). He worked with Mehboob Khan in Jagirdar (1937) and Hum Tum Aur Woh (1938) under the Sagar Movietone banner, in Taqdeer (1943) for Mehboob Productions, and Kidar Sharma's Arman (1942) and Kaliyan (1944). He also acted in S. S. Vasan's film Paigham (1959) (Gemini Studios), and Raj Kapoor's Jagte Raho (1956).

In 1965, he also acted in the Bhojpuri film Solaho Singar Kare Dulhaniya.

Perhaps the role for which he received the most critical appreciation was that of the gentleman crook in S. S. Vasan’s adaptation of R K Narayan’s book Mr Sampat (1952). 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. Actor Naseeruddin Shah once described him as one of three all-time best actors of Hindi cinema, others being Balraj Sahni and Yakub.

# Released Date Type Credited As Movie
1 01 Jan 1973 Film Actor Chimni Ka Dhuan
2 01 Jan 1966 Film Actor Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai
3 01 Jan 1966 Film Actor Duniya Hai Dilwalon Ki
4 28 Jul 1965 Film Supporting Actor Waqt
5 01 Jan 1965 Film Actor Director Chhoti Chhoti Baatein
6 01 Jan 1964 Film Actor Leader
7 01 Jan 1964 Film Actor Ji Chahta Hai
8 01 Jan 1963 Film Actor Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke
9 01 Jan 1960 Film Actor Mukti
10 01 Jan 1960 Film Actor Parakh