Born: Karimnagar, Hyderabad State, British India [now India]
Paidi Jairaj (Telugu: పైడి జయరాజ్) (born Paidipati Jairula Naidu - 28 September 1909 – 11 August 2000) was an Indian film, character actor, director and producer known for his works primarily in Hindi cinema, Marathi, Gujarati language films, and Telugu theatre.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 Shantaram, Prithviraj Kapoor, Motilal etc. He was starred in about 170 feature films in a variety of roles. He directed a few films like Mohar, Mala (1943), Pratima, Rajghar and Saagar (1951) which he produced. In 1980, He was honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award the highest award for films in India, for his contributions to Indian cinema.
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