Recently I chanced upon a book titled “Shahu Modak, Pravas …. Ek Devmansacha” written on one of my favorite yesteryears actors. This book written by his wife Pratibha Modak provides an insight on the varied facets of this highly gifted personality. I have seen a lot of work done by Shahu ji in Marathi and Hindi films – Manoos (1939), Sant Dyaneshwar (1940), Bharat Milap (1942), Chakradhari (1954), Sudamache Pohe (1958), Zala Mahar Pandharinath (1970), Hari Darshan (1972), etc to name a few. I knew very little about Shahu ji before reading this book.
His debut film was Shyamsunder (1932) as a child artist where he played Lord Krishna. Thereafter he played the role of Lord Krishna in numerous films (about 30 films) and became famous as Cineworld’s Krishna. Another interesting tidbit I read is that BR Chopra on the advice of Annasaheb Deulgaonkar (famous story and screenplay writer) sent Nitish Bharadwaj to meet Sahu ji before he started working as Lord Krishna in the famous tele-series, Mahabharat. Continue reading