Karimnagar: Life journey of a famous Bollywood film personality from Telangana, Paidi Rairaj was presented aptly in a documentary.
Besides highlighting the salient features of Jairaj’s career, other aspects including how he faced difficulties to get roles in movies in the initial stages was also explained perfectly in the one hour documentary, preview of which was screened in Film Bhavan on Wednesday.
Right from Hatim tai to other famous films, acted and produced by him were presented as clips in the documentary, which will be released here at Film Bhavan on July 28. Telangana State Film Development Corporation Chairman P Rammohan Rao will release the documentary.
Life journey of Jairaj has been documented along with opinions of famous movie directors Shyam Benegal, B Narsinga Rao, Raja Murad, Tollywood film writer Vijendra Prasad, Director of Telangana State Language and Cultural Department Mamidi Harikrishna and film critic Varala Anand. Opinion of famous Hindi television serious producer and grandson of Jairaj, Rajan Shaw has also been incorporated in the movie.
In order to record the journey of the late movie personality, he decided to make a documentary on the life of Jairaj, said movie critic and Nandi award winner, Ponnam Ravichandra, who produced the documentary under Supada Creations Banner. Though Jairaj acted in 300 movies and played hero in 11 mookie and more than 156 talkie films, nothing is recorded properly about him.
Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Jairaj has made an indelible mark on Indian celluloid. Jairaj was popularly know as Papaji in Bollywood. Besides acting as hero in famous Hindi, Urdu, Marathi and Gujarati movies, he had also directed and produced films. Recognising his service to film industry, Jairaj was felicitated with a prominent movie award ‘Dadasaheb Phalke’ award in 1980.
Jairaj, who was the nephew of M Govindarajulu Naidu, husband of Sarojini Naidu, was born in Karimnagar on September 28, 1909. His family had shifted to Hyderabad in his childhood and he pursued graduation at Nizam College. Passionate about movies, Jairaj migrated to Mumbai in 1928 by setting aside his elder brother Sundara Raj’s desire of becoming an engineer.
Initially, he used to act as body-double stuntman. He, first, acted in a movie produced by a famous producer Mavarerkar. Later, he did a supporting role in ‘Jagam Gathi Jawani’ directed by Nagendra Mazumdar.
First time, he played a hero in Rasseri Rani, which was filmed based on an English novel ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ wherein a famous actress Madhuri played heroine.
‘Shikari’ was Jairaj’s first Urdu talkie film wherein he played a Buddist monk was made in 1931. With his movie ‘Mahasagar-Na-Mothi’ became a big hit, he secured place besides famous heroes such as Delhi Moria, Shantharam, John Marchant and Prudviraj Kapoor.
‘Hathim tai’ is the only fantasy movie wherein he acted and a song ‘Parwar Digar-E-Aalm’ from the movie became popular. The then Hyderabad Nizam watched the song 10 times in theatre. One could only imagine how popular it was at that time.
Besides famous films such as Chandrasekhar Azad, Pruthiv Raj Chowhan and Tippu Sultan, he also acted in Babi, Bijili Mala, Prabath, Naya Dunia, Naya Kahani, Hamari Bat, Rajputani, Shahjahn, Rana Pratap, Amar Singh Rathod, Veera Durga and others.
Jairaj married a Punjabi woman Savitri in 1939. Though he is a Telugu person, he did act in a single Telugu movie in his seven decade career in film industry.