Remembering Gope, one of Hindi cinema’s most popular comedians, on his 104th birth anniversary.

Gope (1913–1957) was an actor of Indian cinema. Starting his career with a small role in Insaan Ya Shaitaan (1933), directed by Moti Gidwani and produced by Eastern Arts Production, Gope went on to act in over a hundred and forty films in a career spanning twenty-four years from 1933–1957. Several of his films were released following his death. Best known for his comedy roles, he is stated to be one of Hindi cinema’s “most popular comedians”. His acting in comic roles won him “critical and popular acclaim” and soon became “the leading comedian of his time”. His popularity assured him being mentioned in the credit roll of films along with the main cast. He became famous lip-syncing the popular number from Patanga on screen “Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon” (My Beloved Has Gone To Rangoon), playbacked by C. Ramchandra for Gope and by Shamshad Begum for Nigar Sultana.

He formed a popular comic pairing with Yakub, in the “Laurel-and-Hardy” style, making the producers use them in several films.Their most famous films together were Patanga (1949), followed by Bazar (1949), Beqasoor and Sagai (1951). Follow Bollywoodirect

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