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Curtain-raiser for Vidya Balan's Marathi screen debut Ek Albela is out

The producers of Shekhar Sartandel's biopic on Bollywood's first dancing star, Bhagwan Dada, released the trailer in the presence of his son.

Shriram Iyengar

Before the superstars and legends, there was the dancing star, Master Bhagwan.

Bhagwan Abaji Palav, or Bhagwan Dada, as he was better known, was one of the earliest actors to take to the dance floor in Indian cinema. His free style and twinkling toes were copied by several stars who followed, including a certain Amitabh Bachchan.

Kimaya Motion Pictures and Mangalmurti Films launched the teaser of Ek Albela, a biopic on the actor, this weekend. The film is set to release on June 24.

The teaser was released by Mangalmurti Films' Sangeeta Ahir, Krishna Ahir and Kimaya Motion Pictures' Monish Babre in the presence of Arun Palav, son of Bhagwan Dada. Marathi actor Ankush Chaudhari was also present at the event.

The teaser provides a sneak peak into the ups and downs of the first massively popular comic actor of Indian cinema, and also sees the appearance of Vidya Balan. The Kahaani (2012) actress plays the role of yesteryear star Geeta Bali. Dressed to the hilt as the ethereal Geeta Bali, Vidya sways to one of the actress's hit numbers 'Shola jo bhadke' from Albela (1951).

The film marks Vidya's debut in Marathi cinema. It is written and directed by Shekhar Sartandel, and stars Mangesh Desai as Bhagwan Dada.