The movement of forming an Artiste Association started in the year 1939 and the “Film Artistes’ Association of India” was formed in the same year.The veteran artiste late Shri Sohrab Modi was its first President. Later on in 1954, the name of the said “Film Artistes’ Association of India” was changed to “Film Artistes’ Guild”.
On 24th Feb, 1958, an informal meeting was held at the residence of late Shri Manmohan Krishna, which was also attended by other Late artistes, namely, Ms.Durga Khote, Ms.Leela Chitnis, Mr.Kanhaiya Lal, Ms.Achla Sachdev, Mr.Jeevan, Mr.Bipin Gupta, Mr.K.N. Singh, Mr.Mubarak Merchant, Mr.Gajanan Jagirdar, Mr.Sajjan, Mr.Jagdish Sethi, Mr.David Abraham, Mr.Madan Puri, Mr.Nazir Hussain & living legend veteran artiste Ms.Kamini Kaushal.
In the said meeting “CHARACTER ARTISTES’ ASSOCIATION” was formed.
Thereafter, in the meeting of the above founder members held on 17th March, 1958 at Shree Sound Studios the First Executive Committee consisting of the following office bearers was elected :
Ms. Durga Khote – President
Mr. Mubarak Merchant – Vice-President
Mr. Manmohan Krishna – General Secretary
Mr. David Abraham – Treasurer
Mr. Sajjan – Joint Secretary
On 30th June, 1958, the “Character Artistes’ Association” was registered under Registrar of Trade Union .In the year 1958 the Association was affiliated to Federation Of Western India Cine Employees. Nearly 95 members were enrolled in the first year and late Shri Murad H.A. had the honor of being its 1st President.