Bappi Lahiri made his acting debut in “mamaji” Kishore Kumar’s comedy film. Can you spot it in this photo?
Late music composer and singer Bappi Lahiri developed an off-screen style with flash gold jewelry, but few people know that before venturing into the space of film composition and singing, he had a short stint as an actor. Bappi Da, as he was affectionately known, made his film debut with his maternal uncle Kishore Kumar in a 1974 film Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi. He called Kumar ‘mamaji’.
Bappi Da himself had shared a photo of the film from his archives in 2021. He mentioned in the caption, “A film I made my debut as an actor..⭐️ Directed and produced by #kishorekumar with Amit Kumar!!Name the movie 😀?🧔 😂”
The title of the film was a play on Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, a 1958 film starring Kishore Kumar, Madhubala and Ashok Kumar.
Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi was a comedy with the premise that the man with the longest bears could become heir to a wealthy man’s estate. The film directed by Kishore Kumar also starred Ashok Kumar, Amit Kumar, KN Singh.
Bappi Lahiri died aged 69 in Mumbai on Tuesday. He died in hospital due to obstructive sleep apnea. Director of CritiCare Hospital, Dr Deepak Namjoshi, told indianexpress.com: “In January, Bappi Lahiri was brought to the hospital with a lung infection and obstructive sleep apnea. He was admitted here for 29 days, including 18 days in intensive care. He then recovered well and his parameters were stable and he was in pulmonary rehabilitation. On Monday, February 14, he received a discharge. He stayed at home for about a day and a half, then his health started to deteriorate and his family called us, so we rushed to his house with an ambulance. He was here around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, and very critical, we tried to revive him, but he finally died around 11:40 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. Tuesday evening.