Pahlaj Nihalani is a famous Bollywood movie producer as well as director, who has also been the most fortunate to take upon himself the title as the head of the Central Board of Film Certification of India, as well as the former President of the Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers for 29 years until 2009. Nihalani can be described as a conservative person who believes that cussing in the big screen, as well as the A, rated films, must be banned. He was largely discussed and criticized upon the controversy of “lip-lock” scenes being censored in the film “Specter”. Although he affirms that it was necessary and was done completely according to the rules. This much-respected figure in the film industry basically started out as a producer. He has successfully produced seventeen films, which were all big hits. The first film that he produced was “Haathkadi” in the year 1982. He took box office hit after hit from here on.

Most of the famous film stars such as Govinda, Chandey Pandey, etc. all came into the industry through Nihalani’s films. His films such as “Shola Aur Shabnam”, which was released in the year 1992 and “ Aankhen”, were all huge box office hits. He is mainly recognized by these films. Nihalani was seen to make a cameo appearance in 2008, in the film “ Halla Bol”, which was highly noted. His debut film as a director was “ Avatar”, which was released in the year 2012. The film is starred by Govinda and Shatrughan Sinha along with Yashpal Sharma. The movie was released after three years of production, in the year 2015. Apart from the film industry, Nihalani has also been seen to take an interest in politics, keeping Narendra Modi as his idol. Prior to the 2014 elections, he had produced a YouTube video “Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi”. The works done by him have an exceptional quality to him, and with his morals, one can expect the best of films from him.

Umesh Mehra

Umesh Mehra is a prominent filmmaker in Bollywood who has directed many blockbuster movies during 1980s-90s. He is also the son of Bollywood producer F.C. Mehra (Fakir Chand Mehra) who made films like ‘Professor’, ‘Lal Patthar’, etc. in 1960's.  His father established Eagle Films in 1954 and son Umesh has also directed many films under Eagle Films banner. Umesh’s father made films like ‘Singapore’(1959) which was the first Indian film to be shot in Singapore and Malaysia and also produced ‘Amrapali’ which was an entry in Oscar.  Umesh Mehra made his debut in the film industry by directing ‘Ali Baba and 40 Chor’ (1980) with the biggest stars of Indian and Soviet cinema. His father launched Umesh with this film that was an Indo-Soviet co-production, and the film had Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Zeenat Aman playing the lead roles. It was the biggest costume drama film ever made, and the film was a box-office success too. It is said that Umesh Mehra was inspired to direct the film after he saw ‘Mughal-E-Azam.' Naturally, the director even directed veteran actor Dilip Kumar in a film ‘Qila’ (1998) after which Dilip Kumar retired from acting.  Qila was a flop movie.  Umesh Mehra had directed Akshay Kumar in three films in the Khiladi series, such as ‘Sabse Bada Khiladi’ (1995) ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’ (1996) and ‘International Khiladi’ (1999). He gave a lot of backing to Akshay Kumar in his struggling days and made him a star in Bollywood. Umesh Mehra was also behind the success of many movies of Mithun Chakraborty such as ‘Ashanti’ (1982), ‘Mujrim’ (1989) and ‘Yaar Gaddar’ (1994). Umesh also gave many chances to actors like Raveena Tandon, Mamta Kulkarni, Jackie Shroff and others when they were struggling in Bollywood.  Umesh launched music director Anu Malik in his film ‘Sohni Mahiwal’ (1984) which was the second film of Sunny Deol with Poonam Dhillon. Even today many critics find Anu malik’s composition in ‘Sohni Mahiwal’ as one of his best. Umesh Mehra even tried to adapt Hollywood film ‘Blue Lagoon’ in his Hindi remake ‘Teri Baahon Mein’. The film gave chances to Mohnish Bahl( actress Nutan’s son) and  Ayesha Dutt (wife of Jacke Shroff) to start their career as a leading actor in Bollywood.  Umesh quit filmmaking after 2002 and entered into TV production.

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Umesh Mehra Hindi Actor