Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, India, 16 April 1954

Born under a Neem tree and hence also called Nimai, Vishvambar (Bharat Bhushan) is the tenth son of Jagannath Mishra and his wife Sachi Devi. Due to his fair colour, he is often referred to as Gaurang (Fair-coloured). The social milieu in the 15th century setting of the story is shown as being dismal, with hypocritical priests and oppressive rulers. He loses his father at an early age and the family faces hardships financially. Nimai completes his education and is an expert at debating with the local priests. He starts a school and marries Vishnupriya daughter of Sanatan Misra who is the court priest. On his father's death anniversary he goes to Gaya to perform prayers for his father. There he meets a saint called Ishvara Puri. He soon develops complete devotion to Krishna and starts chanting and singing his praises. His Radha and Krishna Bhakti songs attract people from all walks of life. He takes renunciation and shaves off his head. He settles in Puri, concentrating on his Bhakti and disappears while singing a bhajan.

  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 155 Minutes
  • Director: Vijay Bhatt
  • Awards: Bharat Bhushan won the Filmfare Best Actor Award for Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu for 1954.


Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is a 1954 Hindi devotional biopic film produced and directed by Vijay Bhatt. The film’s music was composed by R. C. Boral with lyrics by Bharat Vyas. The director of photography was V. N. Reddy. Bharat Bhushan won the Filmfare Award for Best actor for his role of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Asha Parekh, having started her career as a child artist in 1952, and who went on to become a famous actress, was cast in a small role in this film. The starcast included Bharat Bhushan, Durga Khote, Ameeta, Asha Parekh, Ram Mohan, Madan Puri, Kanhaiyalal and B M Vyas.

The film was about the 15th century "medieval Vaishnav poet saint" and social reformer of Bengal, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, whom many considered as an Avatar of Krishna. He was himself a Krishna devotee who is revered and worshipped even today.