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... Nargis Dutt 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... Andaz ’ (1949), the swashbuckling musical ‘Aan’ (1951), and melodrama ‘ Amar Click to look into! >> Read More... Amar ’ (1954).

Mehboob was also instrumental in bringing up the career of Raj Kapoor Raj Kapoor was a renowned actor, director, and pro >> Read More... Raj Kapoor , Dilip Kumar Muhammad Yusuf Khan was born on the 11th of Decemb >> Read More... Dilip Kumar , Nadira, Sunil Dutt Sunil Dutt was a great actor, director, producer, >> Read More... Sunil Dutt , Rajendra Kumar Born on 20 July 1929, Rajendra Kumar is a Bollywoo >> Read More... Rajendra Kumar and Raj Kumar Actor RajKumar came to limelight as he resembled S >> Read More... Raj Kumar . 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... Chandra Sekhar (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.