|Born||Lekh Faqeer Chand Tandon
February 13, 1929
Lahore, British India
|Years active||1947 - present|
|Children||Nitin tandon, Gayatri tandon|
Lekh Tandon (born 13 February 1929) has directed numerous Bollywood movies and Indian TV Serials. Recently he has acted in movies such as Swades, Rang De Basanti, Chennai Express and Chaarfutiya Chhokare. He is brother of Urdu playwright Yograj Tandon.
Lekh's father Faqeer Chand Tandon had studied with Prithviraj Kapoor at Khalsa High School, (Lyallpur, Punjab, British India), and had been friends. Prithviraj Kapoor inspired Lekh to work in Bollywood. Around same time, Lekh's brother Yograj was working as assistant director and secretary to Prithviraj Kapoor.
Lekh started as Assistant Director in Hindi movie industry in 1950s and became a director of several hit movies. Then he moved on to nascent TV scene and started directing TV Serials. His first offering was Phir Wahi Talash on Indian National TV Channel Doordarshan. Lekh is also credited with discovering Shahrukh Khan by casting him his TV serial Dil Dariya. He also directed TV serial Farmaan, broadcast on Doordarshan in early 90s.
Awards and recognition
- He shared the 1978 Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for his movie, Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye, with Vrajendra Gaur and Madhusudan Kalekar.
- His biopic, Amrapali starring Vyjayanthimala and Sunil Dutt, was India's submission to the 39th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film
- Do Rahain (1997)
- Uttarayan (1985)
- Agar Tum Na Hote (1983)
- Doosri Dulhan (1983)
- Khuda Kasam (1981)
- Sharada (1981)
- Ek Baar Kaho (1980)
- Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye (1977)
- Andolan (1975)
- Jahan Pyar Mile (1969)
- Prince (1969)
- Jhuk Gaya Aasman (1968)
- Amrapali (1966)
- Professor (1962)
As TV Director
- Swades — Dadaji (Village People's Grandfather)
- Paheli — Wise Man
- Rang De Basanti — Daljeet "DJ's" Grandfather
- Halla Bol — Lekh Tandon
- Chaarfutiya Chhokare — Kailash Babu
- Chennai Express — Y.Y Mithaiwala (Rahul's Grandfather)
- Pisharoty, Sangeeta Barooah (2006-06-07). "The veteran is at it again". The Hindu. Retrieved 2007-11-08.
- "An Interview with Lekh Tandon". IndianTelevision.com. 2001-10-13. Retrieved 2007-11-08.
- "Bringing life to stage - Interview with Yograj Tandon". The Hindu. 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2007-11-08.
- "Lekh Tandon Blog". Qamaal Mustafa Sikander. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2007-11-08.
- "Lekh Tandon's Latest Photo Gallery". Qamaal Mustafa Sikander. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2007-11-08.
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