Born in a family of artists in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
His real name was Baburao Krsihnaji Mistry. He earned
the nickname of `Painter` due to his excellence in painting.
He was a self-taught artist who excelled in both oil
paintings and sculptures. His excellence in traditional
sculpture is also evident in the huge statue of Mahatma
Gandhi, which is located in Kolhapur. Apart from painting
and sculpture he also excelled in woodcarving and other
contemporary art forms like theatre and films. His film
career started as the assistant to the famous Daba Saheb
Phalke. Later on he went on to become one of the noted
producer directors of his age. In 1917 he established
the Maharashtra Film Company, which produced several
silent films and talkies. His lavish productions were
mainly based on Historical and statue of mahatma Gandhi,
which is located in Kolhapur. Also were mainly based
on Historical and Mythological events.