Karimuddin Asif famously known as K Asif was a film producer, director, and screenwriter in the Hindi film industry. He was known for his directorial work in the Hindi epic motion picture, Mughal-e-Azam (1960). He was born as Asif Karim to Dr.Fazal Karim and Bibi Ghulam Fatima on 14 June 1924 in Etawah, United Province. He moved to Bombay at a very young age and started off as assistant to his uncle, filmmaker and actor S. Nazir and his sibling Sikander Begum, wife of actor, producer and director Nazir Ahmed Khan. He started his career with a movie called “Phool”. Phool” had
and Suraiya in various roles. His next venture was not a directorial one, but a production one. He produced a film called “
” and “John day”.
He was honourably mentioned in movies such as Heera (1973) and Chhoti Bahu (1971). He is known throughout the world for his impeccable work in the film Mughal-e-Azam which was produced, directed and written by him. Mughal-e-Azam is still known as the greatest movie ever made in the Hindi film industry. It is a movie based on the life story of Emperor Akbar the Great and a court dancer in his empire. With actors such as
and Madhubala in the movie, his work was flourishing and he got a legendary status in Bollywood. He married the great Kathak dancer
, but the marriage failed. He later married
from whom he has a daughter Heena Kausar. She became an actress and appeared in many films before marrying Muhammed Iqbal Memon an Indian underworld figure.
In 1960, K Asif was nominated for Filmfare in 3 different categories for his work in the movie Mughal-e-Azam, the Filmfare best director award, Filmfare Best Movie Award and Critics Filmfare for best movie. Mughal-e-Azam would always remain India’s first historical blockbuster. After the release and enormous success of Mughal-e-Azam, Asif started working on other movies such as Sasta Khoon Mehnga Paani and Love and God, his first directorial ventures as a colour project. Howeverthe project was never completed. This was due to the untimely death of first the actor
on October 10, 1964 and Asif himself on March 9, 1971 at an early age.It was announced by director
Feroz Abbas Khan
that he will bring back Mughal-e-Azam as a Broadway.