• Birthplace: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India


Kanhaiyalal is a male Indian film actor who acted in 105 films in his career, primarily in Hindi films produced in Bollywood, the Mumbai-based film industry.

A native of Benares (Varanasi), his full name was Kanhaiya Lal Chaturvedi. He was fond of plays and came to Mumbai to find a space on stage. He staged his own written play Pandrah August in Mumbai, later he tried his luck in films. He also had written many plays. In 1940 he got a role of moneylender (Sahukar) in a Mehboob Khan's film Aurat as Sukhilala. After that he later acted in many films as a character artist. When Mehboob Khan was directed his immortal film Mother India he again picked Kanhaiya Lal to act as Sukkhi Lala, a character that came alive with his natural acting. After that Kanhaiya Lal played same type of roles in Ganga Jamuna, Gopi, Upkar, Apna Desh. His other notable movies are Dushman, Bandhan, Bharosa, Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke, Hum Paanch. He is known for his roles in Mother India, Gunga Jumna, Upkaar etc. His memorable roles include those as villainous scheming moneylender in the film Mother India and Upkaar.