Hindi film singer, actor, director and producer, Ishwarlal was known for films such as Jawan Mard (1966), Riwaaj (1947) and Holi (1940). He was born Hariprashad Joshi on 9 October, 1911 at Waghania, Bombay Presidency. As an actor, he featured in more than 50 films from the 1930s up until the 1960s, including Sheikh Chilli (1930), Char Chakram (1932), Keemti Aansoo (1935), Barrister’s Wife (1935), Manorama (1944), Sati Narmada (1950), Black Cat (1959), Bezuban (1962) and Meri Surat Teri Ankhen (1963). He also sang in approximately 14 films. He is also credited as the producer of Riwaaj (1947). In the Filmindia review of A R Kardar directorial Holi (1940), he is credited as “the only man who makes Holi a picture.”
He made his directorial debut with Bombshell in 1935, which he co-directed along with Dinkar Rao. The film starred Khurshid Begum, Yashwant Dave, Hadi and Laxmi. A black and white film, it belonged to the stunt genre.
His other directorials include Sohni Mahiwal (1946), Riwaaj (1947), Mahasati Tulsi Vrinda (1947), Heera (1947), Matrubhoomi (1949), Apala (1949), Sati Narmada (1950), Jai Shankar (1951), Gopichand (1958), and Jawan Mard (1966).
His Sohni Mahiwal, co-directed with Ravindra Jaykar, starred Begum Para in the lead role as Sohni. The romantic drama produced by Jayant Desai Productions, is based on the folk story of Sohni Mahiwal. The cast also included Ishwarlal himself, Mubarak, Dixit and Shobha.
Ishwar Lal passed away on 22 January 1969 in Bombay (Mumbai), India aged 57.