|Name Anant Dhumal|
Years active 1940s–1980s
Died February 13, 1987
|Full name Anant Balwant Dhumal|
Movies Gumnaam, Woh Kaun Thi?, Jagriti, Aaj Aur Kal, Tum Haseen Main Jaw
Similar People Mehmood, Raj Khosla, Mohan Choti, O P Nayyar, Madan Mohan
Chilly powder mehmood and dhumal sasural
Dhumal (29 March 1914 – 13 February 1987) was an actor in Bollywood films known for playing character roles. He acted in many movies and was active from the mid 1940s till the late 1980s. He started his acting career from Marathi theatre, which paved way for Marathi cinema and later he moved to Hindi cinema, where he mostly played comedy roles and late in career character roles. He worked in notable films like, Howrah Bridge (1958), Bombai Ka Babu (1960), Kashmir Ki Kali (1964), Gumnaam (1965), Do Badan (1966), Love in Tokyo (1966) and Benaam (1974).
His career in acting began when he joined a drama company, where he served drinks and washed utensils. There would be occasions when artistes playing minor roles failed to turn up, this would give the spot boys an opportunity to fill in for them. This was how Dhumal landed up with bit roles in plays.
During this period, he met P. K. Atre and Nanasaheb Phatak, both big names in the drama world. Soon, he started getting recognised and bigger roles came his way. Although he eventually became famous as a comedian in films, he was more well known as a villain. He played major roles in famous plays like, 'Lagna Chi Bedi', 'Ghara Baher'.
From stage, he shifted his focus to the silver screen. He worked in big movies like Woh Kaun Thi, Ankhen, Gumnaam, Arzoo, Sasural. His first movie was a Marathi film called Pedgaonche Shahane (1952) in which he played the role of a South Indian.
He paired with fellow comedians Mehmood and Shobha Khote in numerous Hindi films, like Sasural (1961).
Dhumal died on 13 February 1987 due to a massive heart attack.