Mehboob Khan

Other names of Mehboob Khan: Yakub

Mehboob Khan was a pioneer producer-director of Hindi cinema. He shot to international fame by making social epic ‘Mother India’ (1957) which was a nominee for the Academy Award for the Best Foreign film. He signed Nargis for the role of a suffering mother when she was just 26 years old, but the script required Nargis to perform a much -matured role on the screen. This film is also considered as the best film of Nargis Dutt Nargis Dutt was indeed the first lady of Indian sc >> Read More... to date.

Mehboob also supported the growth of film industry by setting up the Mehboob Studios in local Bandra area and brought out color films from his studio. Earlier, he set up his own production company ‘Mehboob Productions’ too. Soon, in 1946, he directed the musical hit ‘Anmol Ghadi’ which featured singing stars Surendra, Noorjehan, and Suraiya in leading roles. Later, his own production company churned out box office blockbuster movies such as the romantic drama ‘ Andaz Click to look into! >> Read More... ’ (1949), the swashbuckling musical ‘Aan’ (1951), and melodrama ‘ Amar Click to look into! >> Read More... ’ (1954).

Mehboob was also instrumental in bringing up the career of Raj Kapoor Raj Kapoor was a renowned actor, director, and pro >> Read More... , Dilip Kumar Muhammad Yusuf Khan was born on the 11th of Decemb >> Read More... , Nadira, Sunil Dutt Sunil Dutt was a great actor, director, producer, >> Read More... , Rajendra Kumar Born on 20 July 1929, Rajendra Kumar is a Bollywoo >> Read More... and Raj Kumar Actor RajKumar came to limelight as he resembled S >> Read More... . Due to his sudden demise, he could not make many memorable movies. But he was a very influential filmmaker who was therefore selected as a member of the jury at the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival.

Mehboob was born on 9 September 1907 in Gujarat. The director had to struggle to come up in life. Before making an entry into the film industry, he worked as a horseshoe repairer in a stable. Not knowing how to become a director he luckily happened to visit a shooting spot of Chandra Sekhar Savitri Chandra Sekhar commonly known as Chandra S >> Read More... (South) and showed his interest to work with Chandra. Seeing his skills and interest, Chandra gave him a small job in film studios of Bombay. Mehboob thus became an assistant director in silent films era. Later, he joined Sagar Film Company and directed notable films like ‘Ek Hi Rasta’ (1939) and ‘Alibaba’ (1940).

“Mother India’ was a milestone work of the filmmaker that fetched him National Film Award too. Nargis was the ultimate choice of Mehboob Khan. Nargis was the first Indian to receive the Best Actress award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for her role, and the film was dubbed in various languages like French, Russian, Spanish, etc. Mehboob Khan had passed away on 28 May 1964.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee Hindi Actor

Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Hrishikesh Mukherjee is a film director, writer and producer in Bollywood. He is well known for giving a facelift to the career of Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jaya Bhaduri, Rekha and Rajesh Khanna.  Hrishikesh was born in Calcutta on 30 September 1922. He began his career as an editor and assistant director under Bimal Roy. Much earlier, he was associated with Calcutta’s New Theatres (owned by B.N.Sircar) where he learnt camera techniques and editing part of filmmaking. Later he moved to Mumbai in 1952 and got associated with Bimal Roy and had associated with the editing of classics like ‘Do Bigha Zamin’, ‘Madhumati’ and ‘Devdas’. After working as an assistant director, he chose to become an independent director by making films like ‘Musafir’ and ‘Anari’. While Musafir was not a success movie‘Anari’ was a box-office hit and won five Filmfare awards.  But his most serious film was ‘Anuradha’ that featured Miss India Leela Naidu with Balraj Sahni, Asit Sen and others. The film was based on a short Bengali novel that had the musical score of Pandit Ravi Shankar. The film won President’s Award as the best feature film, and it also entered the Berlin International Film Festival.  After ‘Anuradha’, Hrishikesh Mukherjee gave to Indian film industry classics movies such as ‘Anupama’, ‘Satyakam’, ‘Gaban’ etc.  ‘Anupama’ is a great film; it did not have Sharmila Tagore ever speaking a single word, and the silence of the film had a poetry mix that is still the best movie of Dharmendra and Sharmila Tagore together. The music of Hemant Kumar was a  plus point in the film.  After ‘Anupama’ Hrishikesh made ‘Satyakam’ and it is his best film to date. This movie is considered to be one of the best ones of Dharmendra.  Earlier Hrishikesh Mukherjee made commercial films like ‘Asli Naqli’ and ‘Anari’ which had best music by Shankar Jaikishan.  In 1970, he made ‘Anand’ with Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan; the movie depicted the life of a cancer patient. The film received many Filmfare awards and was appreciated well by critics and audience. Next, he made ‘Namak Haram’ again with Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna. The film movie made Amitabh closer to the audience against Rajesh Khanna and after this film, Rajesh Khanna’s superstardom declined slowly.   Hrishikesh Mukherjee also launched Jaya Bhaduri in ‘Guddi’. Later, he made films with Amitabh and Jaya and gave few classics films such as ‘Abhimaan’, ‘Mili’ and ‘Chupke Chupke’. In ‘Chupke Chupke’ Hrishikesh Mukherjee signed Amitabh and Dharmendra together and included actresses like Jaya Bhaduri and Sharmila Tagore. After Jaya Bhaduri had got married, the director had cast Amitabh again in two more films with Rakhee Gulzar ( ‘Bemisal’ and ‘Jurmana’) which were again box office successes.  In 1980, he directed Rekha In ‘Khubsooorat’ which is Rekha’s best film to date. The director even made comedy films like ‘Gol Maal’  and ‘Naram Garam’ with Utpal Dutt and Amol Palekar.   Hrishikesh contributed to Indian cinema for four decades and had drawn a line between commercial and art cinema. He is known for making films that had a social message too for middle-class society. He is the recipient of Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1999 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. He is even felicitated by NTR National Award in 2000 and won eight Filmfare awards. The filmmaker passed away on 27 August 2006.  

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Ramanand Sagar

Ramanand Sagar is an Indian filmmaker, director, and writer who has made numerous hit films in Bollywood and enthralled the audiences over few decades. But he became a household name by directing the famous TV serial ‘Ramayan’ which had Arun Govil and Deepika in the cast. This TV serial was telecast on Doordarshan and could keep the viewers intact for hours on Sunday afternoon every week. The serial was appreciated even in non-Hindi speaking areas.  Ramanand was born in Lahore (Pakistan) on 29 December 1917. He came to Mumbai after Partition and worked as assistant manager in Prithvi Theatres of Prithviraj Kapoor. Earlier, during the era of silent movies, he was based in Punjab and worked as a clapper boy too. After meeting Kapoor, he directed a few plays for the theater company. He shot to fame as a tory-writer with Raj Kapoor’s Barsaat that had Nargis in the cast, and the film was a hit. He then worked in a couple of movies likes ‘Raj Kumar’, ‘Palgham’,’Rajput’ for which he wrote the screenplay and dialogues.  The film ‘Paigham’ fetched Ramanand best dialogue writer award from Filmfare; the movie had Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala and Raaj Kumar in lead roles. In ‘Rajput’ (1958), he again wrote the screenplay and the film featured notable actors like Gemini Ganesan, Pran, Padmini, and Vyjayanthimala. The film was a remake of Tamil film Vanjikottai Valiban. Even 'Rajkumar' was a biggest blockbuster movie that had Sadhana and Shammi Kapoor. In 1969, he directed his first movie'Ghunghat' for Gemini Studios that was produced by S.S. Vasan. The film was declared a hit and had Asha Parekh. Pradeep Kumar and Bharat Bhushan in the lead cast. S. S. Vasan gave him another chance to direct a movie ‘Zindagi’ (1964) which had star cast like Rajendra Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Raaj Kumar. But it was with ‘Arzoo’(1965), ‘Aankhen’(1968) and ‘’Geet’(1970), he established himself as a successful filmmaker. He directed all these movies under Sagar Art Productions, and every film was a milestone in Ramanand Sagar’s career. He repeated same magic at the box office with film ‘Charas’ (1976) that featured Dharmendra and Hema Malini.  Ramanand Sagar will be remembered for songs in films like ‘Arzoo,' ‘Geet’ and ‘Aankhen’. He received the best director award from Filmfare for his directorial ability in 'Aankhen'. He repeated actors like  Sadhana, Dharmendra, Rajendra Kumar and Hema Malini in many movies as he found them as the lucky mascot. After Charas, his magic spell in box-office seemed to have vanished away as he directed many off-beat stories that proved a disaster for his career. Later after switching to TV(with Ramayan), he made a few more successful TV series such as ‘Sai Baba’, ‘Krishna’, ‘Luv Kush’, ‘Vikram Aur Betaal’ and ‘Alif Laila’.  Ramanand proved lucky for Doordarshan and resumed his magic on the small screen. He passed away on 12 December 2005 in Mumbai. He is the recipient of Padma Shri in 2000 by Government of India.

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