Agha jan Baig was an actor of Bollywood films. He was known for comic roles and modeled himself on Bob Hope’s style of acting. He appeared in over 300 Hindi films in his career between 1935 and 1986. His son, Jalal Agha, also became an actor, mostly known for the song Mehbooba Mehbooba in Sholay (1975).
Agha Beg was born on 21 March 1914 at Fatima Nagar, Pune, British India. His father was originally from Iran and had settled in Pune but had to leave Pune for Bombay in search of employment Agha confessed that he went to school for just three days, “that was as long as I could stand iat”. He spent time “mooching” around the Poona Race Course as he wanted to become a jockey and loved horses. Agha came to Bombay and joined his neighbourhood drama group. His interest in acting took him to films where in 1933 he started as a production manager in Kanwal Movietone.
Agha’s first film was Kanwal Movietone’s Stree Dharma, also called Painted Sin (1935), starring Mehtab and Nazir. However, his films Karwan-e-Husn (1935), Wadia Movietone’s Rangila Mazdoor (1938) and Anuradha (1940) helped him gain recognition as a comic actor. He acted in Kikubhai Desai’s (Manmohan Desai’s father) Circus Ki Sundari (1941), which was popular and this helped in getting lead roles in films such as Muqabala (1942), Laheri Cameraman (1944) and Taxi Driver (1944). His most active years were from the 1930s to the 1980s.He was nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for the 1960 film Ghunghat, but did not win the award
Agha died on 30 April 1992 of a heart attack in Pune, at the age of 78. He was survived by three daughters, one son Jalal Agha and Son-in-law actor Tinnu Anand.Agency