Prem Nath

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Prem Nath
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Born Premnath Malhotra
(1926-11-21)21 November 1926
Peshawar, British India
Died 3 November 1992(1992-11-03) (aged 65)
Mumbai, India
Cause of death
Heart Attack
Occupation Actor, Director
Years active 1947–1985
Spouse(s) Bina Rai
Children Prem Krishen
Kailash Nath (Monty)

Premnath Malhotra (21 November 1926 – 3 November 1992) was an Indian actor.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Karimpura locality near Ghanta Ghar in Peshawar. His family moved to Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh after partition and he moved to Bombay where he was discovered as an actor.

He married actress Bina Rai. Their children are actor Prem Krishen and Kailash Nath (Monty). They are also the grandparents of actress Akanksha Malhotra and director Siddharth Malhotra who are Prem Krishen's children. Adiraj Malhotra and Arjun Malhotra are the sons of Kailash Nath. His sister Krishna married Raj Kapoor while his other sister was married to veteran Bollywood actor Prem Chopra. His brothers Rajendra Nath and Narendra Nath were also actors who mostly appeared in comic and supporting roles. He was also a close friend of the actress Asha Parekh. He died of a heart attack in 1992 at the age of 66.

Career[edit]

Prem Nath on right. Actor Prem Chopra on left.

Premnath made his film debut in Ajit (1948), opposite Monica Desai, and was one of the first colour films.[1] He got major roles in Raj Kapoor's first directorial film Aag and Barsaat (1949) which was his first major success. Premnath went on to appear in many films for the next three decades, some of which were the biggest blockbusters in Indian film history. The films in which he played the leading role failed to do well but the films in which he played the central villain role or supporting role were some of the biggest blockbusters in Indian film history. Some his most notable films were Aan (1952), Teesri Manzil (1966), Johny Mera Naam (1970), Tere Mere Sapne (1971), Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974), Dharmatma (1975), Kalicharan (1976) and Desh Premee (1982). He also starred in the religious Punjabi film Sat Sri Akal (1977).

He fell in love with actress Bina Rai during the filming of Aurat. They married and formed a production company together called P.N. films. They pinned high hopes for their films, which didn't become hits, such as Shagufa, Prisoner of Golconda, Samunder and Watan. Thus, the Premnath - Bina Rai pair never clicked on the screen.[2]

He earned Filmfare nominations as Best Supporting Actor for: Shor (1972), Bobby (1973), Amir Garib (1974), and Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974).[3]

Apart from Bollywood films, he also appeared in an episode of the American television series Maya in 1967 and a 1969 American film titled Kenner opposite former American football player turned actor Jim Brown.[4] He starred in a number of Punjabi films such as Sat Sri Akal (1977). He also directed a film Samundar (1957) for his home production house P. N. films, which was its only production. His last film appearance was in Hum Dono (1985) after which he retired from acting. He died in 1992 of a heart attack at the age of sixty-five.

Selected filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Acting filmography
Year Film Character / Role Notes
1990 Kishan Kanhaiya Deulatram
1985 Hum Dono Lata's Father
1982 Desh Premee Puthu Anna
1981 Krodhi Jagira
1980 Karz Sir Judah
1980 Guest House Christopher
1980 Dhan Daulat Mangat
1979 Muqabla Police Inspector
1979 Jaani Dushman Pujari
1979 Lok Parlok Yamraaj
1979 Gautam Govinda Dharamdutt
1979 Dhongee Mr. John Lord / Gurkha Bahadur
1978 Vishwanath GNK
1978 Shalimar Raja Bahadur Singh
1978 Heeralal Pannalal Inspector Premlal
1977 Sat Sri Akal Punjabi Film
1977 Shirdi Ke Sai Baba Som Dev
1977 Jadu Tona
1977 Farishta Ya Qatil
1977 Darinda
1977 Chandi Sona Lord Mayor Jojo
1977 Chala Murari Hero Banne
1976 Nagin Sapera
1976 Kalicharan IG P.N. Khanna
1976 Kabeela Sardar Babbar
1976 Nehle pe Dehla
1976 Janeman Ram Bharose
1976 Jai Bajrang Bali Lankeshwar Shri Ravan
1976 Dus Numbri Inspector Jaichan
1976 Aap Beati Bajrang Bahadur
1975 Sanyasi Mangal Singh
1975 Rani Aur Lalpari Yamraj
1975 Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty Imandar Pauwala
1975 Dharmatma Dharamdas 'Dharmatma'
1975 Dharam Karam Shankar Dada
1975 Dafaa 302
1974 Roti Kapda Aur Makaan Harnam Singh Nominated for 1974 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[3]
1974 Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye Mangal Singh
1974 Ishq Ishq Ishq Pahar
1974 Amir Garib Daulatram Nominated for 1974 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[3]
1973 Nafrat CBI Inspector Kumar
1973 Chhupa Rustam Williams
1973 Bobby Jack Braganza Nominated for 1973 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[3]
1972 Wafaa Barrister
1972 Shor Khan Badshah Nominated for 1972 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[3]
1972 Rani Mera Naam
1972 Raja Jani Diwan Gajendra Singh
1972 Mom Ki Gudiya Vakil Uncle
1972 Be-Imaan DIG Gopal Das
1971 Tere Mere Sapne Seth Madhochand
1970 Pushpanjali Peter D'Costa
1970 Johny Mera Naam Ranjit/Rai Saab Bhupendra Singh
1971 Gora Aur Kala Prithvi Singh
1969 Kenner American film[4]
1967 Baharon Ke Sapne Mr. Kapoor
1966 Teesri Manzil Kunwer
1966 Pyar Mohabbat Senapati Uday Kumar Singh
1966 Amrapali Magadh Senpati Veer
1965 Sikandar-e-Azam Chirag
1963 Rustam Sohrab Rustam Sohrab
1963 Shaheed Bhagat Singh
1960 Apna Ghar
1957 Samundar
1953 Aurat Adil
1952 Saaki
1952 Aan Shamsher Singh
1951 Badal Badal
1951 Naujawan Raju
1951 Awaara Cameo Appearance
1951 Sagai Prem
1950 Hindustan Hamara
1949 Barsaat Gopal
1948 Ajit
1948 Aag Rajan
1947 Daulat Ke Liye
Directed films
  • Samundar (1957), only film for P. N. Films, home production.

TV series[edit]

  • Maya TV series (1 episode, 1967)

References[edit]

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