His breakthrough came through ‘Devdas’. The movie was first made in Bengali, with Pramathesh playing the title role. In 1936, he remade Devdas in Hindi with KL Saigal in the lead role. The Hindi version was a hit all over India, and he was known as ‘Devdas Barua’. Rumour has it that Prathamesh and Jamuna were already romantically involved when the movie went on the floors. During the first day of the ‘Devdas’ shoot, when the lead actress Kanan Devi couldn’t make it on the set, Jamuna was asked to take her place immediately. Jamuna was only fourteen when she played the role of Paro. She also used to live with P.C. Barua during that time. Barua was already married twice before he met Jamuna. Together they had three children. The couple worked in several movies together, such as ‘Grihadaha’ (1936), ‘Maya’ (1936), ‘Uttarayan’ (1941), ‘Chander Kalanka’ (1943).
(Photo: Still from the movie ‘Devdas’)