Born in Karachi Sindh, Hari Shivdasani started his acting career in 1930s and performed in more than 75 films
Indian movie-making industry began in Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1930s and developed into an enormous film empire, and Hari Shivdasani was the one of those actors hailing from Sindh who became part of it and witnessed the rise of Indian film industry that later got the name of Bollywood – nicknamed for having its base in Bombay.
Hari Shivdasani, born on July 15, 1909 was the character actor of Hindi cinema from 1930s to 1980s. He was born in Karachi Sindh and had moved with his family to Mumbai at the time of partition of India in 1947. He was the key member of the Shivdasani family and was the father of the actress Babita and uncle of actress Sadhana. His granddaughters are actresses Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.
Hari Shivdasani was married to Maria, a British Christian. The couple had two daughters. The eldest, Babita was an actress, and married to actor Randhir Kapoor, and the youngest, Meena Advani, the owner of Powermaster Engineers Private Limited and Power-master tools Private Limited. The late actress Sadhana Shivdasani was his niece. Through Babita, his granddaughters are film actresses Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. The latter is married to actor Saif Ali Khan.
Shivdasani’s acting career spanned over 50 years during which he appeared in more than 75 movies. He passed away in 1994.
His movies are: Dadagiri (1987); Achha Bura (1983); Sun Meri Laila (1983); Sun Sajna (1982); Yeh Vaada Raha (1982); Harjaee (1981); Biwi O Biwi (1981); Laawaris (1981); Professor Pyarelal (1981); Khwab (1980); Raadha Aur Seeta (1979); Jhoota Kahin Ka (1979); Satyam Shivam Sundaram: Love Sublime (1978); Vishwanath (1978); Khel Khilari Ka (1977); Chacha Bhatija (1977); Bhanwar (1976); Khalifa (1976); Zameer (1975); Khel Khel Mein (1975); Sanyasi (1975); Ajnabee (1974); Insaaniyat (1974); Daag: A Poem of Love (1973); Sone Ke Haath (1973); Ek Hasina Do Diwane (1972); Jeet (1972); Kab? Kyoon? Aur Kahan? (1970); Pehchan (1970); Anjaana (1969); Doli (1969); Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati (1969); Kismat (1969); Talash (1969); Tumse Achha Kaun Hai (1969); Aulad (1968); Haseena Maan Jayegi (1968); Jhuk Gaya Aasman (1968); Hamraaz (1967); Dus Lakh (1966); Waqt (1965); Arzoo (1965); Bheegi Raat (1965); Neela Aakash (1965); Rajkumar (1964); Ganga Ki Lahren (1964); Ishaara (1964); Sangam (1964); Dil Hi To Hai (1963); Yeh Rastey Hain Pyar Ke (1963); Asli-Naqli (1962); Anuradha (1961); Mem-Didi (1961); Mr. India (1961); Parakh (1960); Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere (1960); Hum Hindustani (1960); Love in Simla (1960); Bhai-Bahen (1959); Black Cat (1959); Chhoti Bahen (1959); Kal Hamara Hai (1959); 12 O’Clock (1958); Ab Dilli Dur Nahin (1957); Shree 420 (1955); Marine Drive (1955); Badshah (1954); Baghdad (1952); Panchhi (1944); Kisise Na Kehna (1942); Hindustan Hamara (1940); Main Hari (1940); Prem Ratri (1936); Sangdil Samaj (1936); Sher Ka Panja (1936);Bharat Ki Beti (1935); Dharma Ki Devi (1935) and others.