his name helped producers sell more tickets and his picture on the poster ensured that scores turned up at the theatres. Such was the effect of this young, funny man and his self-effacing easy humour that it is said that some male stars of his time were insecure about sharing screen space with him.

 


The sixties belonged to this man who was so effortless that sometimes it'd seem like he had forgotten that he was in front of the camera. There was a time when his presence in films was imperative for the film to do well at the box office.

 


He must be one of the few comedians who managed to deliver box-office hits with some films riding solely on his shoulders. A case in point is 'Do Phool' in which he played the double role of Chuttan and Phuttan with much aplomb.

 

Courtesy: Mid Day

 

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