Veteran character Anwar Hussain had a long stint in the Hindi film industry, spanning 38 years and covering over 100 films in the period from 1938 to 1981. But there is much more than just cold statistics that defines Anwar Hussain. For one, he has a very interesting lineage, being the son of Jaddanbai, a noted singer in the very formative years of Indian cinema, who subsequently also started producing films. The other interesting link in this genealogy is that of the famous actress Nargis, who was also the daughter of Jaddanbai, and thereby, the half sister of Anwar Hussain. In fact, what many people do not know is that although Nargis ultimately became more famous than Anwar Hussain, it was he who had introduced Nargis into films. However, strangely Nargis and Anwar Hussain did not work together in too many films – the ones that come to mind readily are “Romeo and Juliet” in 1947, and the other one almost 20 years later in “Raat Aur Din”. Coming to the links of Anwar Hussain with next generation of actors, quite naturally, he also happened to be the uncle of Sanjay DuttJuly 29, 1959, was the day when the two legends of >> Read More..., actress Nargis’s son. Anwar Hussain has acted in various types of character roles in his numerous movies, but the overall impression he normally conveyed was that of a strong headed and physically tough person who beneath that tough exterior had a soft heart. It is not that he did not deviate from this stereotype. In fact it was the versatility of his acting skills which made it easier for him to perform in comic roles with as much ease as he could play out the character of a scheming villain. This is also the reason why he could figure equally well in light films like “Victoria No. 203”, to action packed ones like “Gunga Jumna”, or even patriotic ones like “Shaheed”. Towards the end of his career, it was, therefore, sad to see an energetic person like him performing his roles virtually sitting on a wheel chair, as by then he had developed paralysis. It was also poignant to note that when he was appearing in his very last film, “RockyClick to look into! >> Read More...” in the year 1981, his nephew Sanjay Dutt was also making his debut appearance in the very same film.