Bhudo Advani



Bhudo Advani (17 August 1905–25 July 1985) was an Indian cinema character-actor and comedian. He started his acting career in theatre with the notion of spreading awareness on social issues. He came to Bombay on the advice of an Ajanta Cinetone representative and was offered a role in the film, Afzal, also called Hoor-E-Haram in 1933, directed by Mohan Bhavnani. He later joined Sagar Movietone, becoming an important fixture in most films produced by them. He turned from character roles to comedy performing in Dr. Madhurika (1935) directed by Sarvottam Badami, Deccan Queen (1936) and Do Diwaane (1936) by C. Luhar.Advani also became a vital part in director Mehboob Khans films, acting in all the pictures directed by Mehboob while at Sagar Movietone. When Sagar shut down in 1939, Mehboob formed his own production company, National Studios, Bhudo Advani become a member there but by beginning of the 1940s, Advani was doing freelance work. In a career spanning forty-four years from 1933–1977, he acted in over ninety films. Belonging to the Sindhi community, Advani along with Moti Prakash and S. P. Menghani, helped toward development and formation of the Sindhi theatre in 1961.His later memorable roles were in some of Raj Kapoor films like Boot Polish (1954) in which he lip-synced to the song Lapak Jhapak Tu Aa Re Badariya, sung by Manna De in Raga Adhana, Shri 420 (1955) and Ab Dilli Dur Nahin (1957). His last film was Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977) made by Satyajit Ray.

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