Prakash Mehra

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Prakash Mehra
Born (1939-07-13)13 July 1939
Rawalpindi, British India
Died May 17, 2009(2009-05-17) (aged 69)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Children Sumeet, Amit and Puneet Mehra

Prakash Mehra (Hindi: प्रकाश मेहरा, 13 July 1939 – 17 May 2009) was a legendary Hindi film producer and director. Along with Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra was regarded as the pioneer of "Masala" film genre. His collaboration with the actor Amitabh Bachchan resulted in several box office blockbusters and classics, due to which Mehra was considered among the 'Golden Directors' of his time.

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Born on 13 July 1939 at Rawalpindi, British India, Mehra started in the late 1950s as a production controller. In 1968, he directed Shashi Kapoor who played a double role in Haseena Maan Jayegi. . In 1973, he produced and directed Zanjeer. This mega blockbuster with Amitabh Bachchan started a relationship that spanned 7 more films, 6 being huge blockbusters (Khoon Pasina, Hera Pheri (1976 film), Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Lawaaris (1981 film), Namak Halaal, and Sharaabi). His eighth film with him Jaadugar failed miserably at the box office and marked the end of the 2nd phase of Bachchan's legendary career. It also launched the career of Bachchan (along with Mehra), as a top director/actor duo, spanning 2 decades of collaboration.

Prakash Mehra also directed & produced Zindagi Ek Jua with actor Anil Kapoor in 1991, which was not a commercial success. In 1996, he introduced veteran actor Raaj Kumar's son Puru Raajkumar in Bal Brahmachari which was also unsuccessful. This was the last film he directed. He also produced the movie Dalaal with Mithun Chakraborthy, in the mid-90s, which was a box-office moneymaker. Mehra received a lifetime achievement award from the India Motion Picture Directors Association (IMPDA) in 2006. He also received Lifetime Achievement as Producer from IMPPA (Indian Motion Picture Producers Association) on 19 September 2008.

Prakash Mehra was one of the first Bombay directors to try venture into Hollywood. In the late eighties he tried a joint venture to make the movie The God Connection with Frank Yandolino. The movie was to include Hollywood actors such as Charles Bronson among others, but the project though funded heavily initially, never came to fruition.

Mehra died on 17 May 2009 in Mumbai of pneumonia and multiple organ failure.[1] He is survived by three sons - Sumeet, Amit & Puneet.

Prakash Mehra spent most his childhood in Gandhi Gali, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk at his Aunt's House.

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