Actor / Dialogue Writer / Screenwriter Hindi
B. M. Vyas Biography
Born : 22 October 1920, in Churu, Bikaner State, Rajputana Agency, British India (Now Rajasthan)
Death : 11 March 2013, in Kalyan, Maharashtra, India
Vyas remained with Prithvi Theatre for close to ten years, touring the country, and becoming well-appreciated both for his talents as an actor and as a musician. Along with his career in theatre, he also worked on a few movies, and sang playback for the first time in the film Bharthari (1944). In the following years, he recorded songs for a few other films, including Pehle Aap (1944) and Maharana Pratap (1946). His focus, however, had quickly turned to acting, despite the fact that he had initially aspired to become a singer.
While he was working with Prithvi Theatre, Vyas joined Chetan Anand’s India Pictures, a film production company, as a production manager. On the very first film he worked on with them, Neecha Nagar (1946), he also made an appearance on screen in a small role. Some years later, he appeared in Aag (1948) and Barsaat (1949) – films that gave him recognition as an actor on screen, and enabled his acting career to take off.
Vyas went on to appear in nearly two hundred films in a career spanning close to fifty years. One of the roles he is best remembered for is that of Ravan in Babubhai Mistri’s Sampoorna Ramayan (1961). Following his success in portraying the character of the demon in the epic film, he was approached with numerous other mythological and fantasy film projects, including a large number by producer-director Homi Wadia.
Vyas retired from acting in the early nineties. Some of his last projects include films like Maa (1993) and Oh Darling Yeh Hai India (1995). He passed away on March 11, 2013 at the age of 93.
- Bharat Vyas