Mehmood (actor)

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Mehmood Ali
Actor Mehmood Ali 2013 stamp of India.jpg
Mehmood on a 2013 stamp of India.jpg
Born(1932-09-29)29 September 1932
Died23 July 2004(2004-07-23) (aged 71)
Occupation
Spouse(s)Madhu (divorced)
Nancy Kroll aka Tracy Ali (Tahira)
Children7, including Pucky Ali, Lucky Ali, Macky Ali
Parent(s)Mumtaz Ali
Latifunnisa Ali
RelativesMeena Kumari (sister-in-law). Also see Ali-Amrohi family

Mehmood Ali (29 September 1932 – 23 July 2004), popularly known simply as Mehmood, was an Indian actor, singer, director and producer best known for playing comic roles in Hindi films. During his career of more than four decades, he worked in over 300 Hindi films. Mehmood received 25 Nominations for filmfare awards, 19 for 'Best Performance in a Comic Role', while the awards started in 1954, awards for the best comedian category started only in 1967. Prior to that Mehmood also received 6 nominations for 'Best Supporting Actor'.

Early life[edit]

Mehmood was one of eight children born to Latifunnisa and film and stage actor-come-dancer Mumtaz Ali, who was a huge star of the 40's and 50's cinema, in Mumbai, India.[1] Mehmood had an elder sister and six younger siblings. His sister, Minoo Mumtaz, was also a successful dancer and character actress in Bollywood movies. His youngest brother, Anwar Ali, is also an actor as well as a producer of such movies as Khud-daar and Kaash.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

As a child, he worked in Mumbai films like Kismet. He later had a number of odd jobs, working as a driver for director P. L. Santoshi. Santoshi's son, Rajkumar Santoshi, would later cast him in the film Andaz Apna Apna.

After getting married to legendary actress Meena Kumari's younger sister Madhu and becoming a father, he decided to act to earn a better living starting with a small break as a killer in the film CID. He started off by doing small, unnoticed roles in films like the peanut seller in Do Bigha Zameen and Pyaasa. He later went on to act in lead roles, but he was appreciated for his comedy, some of which was in the Hyderabad region's Urdu accent.

Later career[edit]

Towards the end of the 70s, Mehmood's popularity began to decline as other comedy actors like Jagdeep, Asrani, Paintal, Deven Verma and Kader Khan shot to prominence. Between 1989 and 1999, he made a handful of movies, but most of them were either shelved or made no impression. He acted as Johnny in Rajkumar Santoshi's Andaz Apna Apna – his last known film as an actor.

Death[edit]

On 23 July 2004, Mehmood died in his sleep in the American state of Pennsylvania, where he had travelled to for treatment of cardiovascular heart disease after suffering from poor health over several years.[1] His fans were able to pay homage to him at Mehboob Studio in Bandra, Mumbai.[2]

Legacy[edit]

One of his sons, Lucky Ali (Maqsood Ali), is a singer and composer who has also appeared on film.

He is one of the most respected and loved entertainers in the Indian film fraternity. A performer of such caliber that leading men back in the day used to reject films because their presence used to diminish in films if they starred with Mehmood.

He was the one who introduced Amitabh Bachchan into the commercial cinema space.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film As Notes
1945 Sanyasi
1954 Nastik
1959 Qaidi No. 911
1959 Kaagaz Ke Phool
1959 Chhoti Bahen Mahesh Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor [Nominated]
1960 Miya Bibi Razi
1960 Manzil
1961 Chote Nawab
1961 Payaase Panchhi
1962 Sasural Mahesh Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor [Nominated]
1963 Rakhi Kasturi Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor [Nominated]
1963 Dil Tera Diwana Anokhe Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
1963 Ghar Basake Dekho with Savitri
1963 Kahi Pyar na ho jaye
1964 Zindagi
1964 Ziddi
1964 Shabnam
1964 Ghar Basake Dekho Mehmood Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor [Nominated]
1964 Chitralekha
1965 Johar-Mehmood in Goa with I.S. Johar
1965 Do Dil
1965 Namasteji with Ameeta
1965 Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye
1965 Bhoot Bangla
1966 Pyar Kiye Ja with Mumtaz
1966 Love in Tokyo with Shobha Khote
1966 Pati Patni pashupati
1966 Gumnaam Butler Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor [Nominated]
1967 Meharbaan
1967 Gunahon Ka Devta
1967 Patthar ke Sanam
1967 Pyar Kiye Jaa Atmaram Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
1968 Sangharsh
1968 Padosan with Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu and Kishore Kumar
1968 Aankhen
1968 Neel Kamal
1968 Do Phool
1968 Do Kaliyaan
1968 Izzat
1968 Meherban Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1969 Neel Kamal Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1969 Sadhu Aur Shaitaan Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1970 Humjoli Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1970 Meri Bhabhi Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1970 Waaris Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
1971 Main Sunder Hoon Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1971 Mere Apne
1971 Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong with I. S. Johar
1971 Humjoli Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1972 Paras Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
1973 Bombay to Goa Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1974 Kunwara Baap
1974 Do Phool Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1974 Pocketmaar ... Sunder
1975 Salaakhen ... Abdul Rehman
1975 Duniya Ka Mela Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1975 Kunwara Baap Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1975 Wardaan Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
1976 Ginny Aur Johnny
1976 Jai Bajrang Bali ... Shakun
1976 Sabse Bada Rupaiya Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1975 Qaid Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1977 Thief of Baghdad
1977 Aafat with Navin Nischol, Leena Chandavarkar ... Mahesh
1978 Des Pardes ... Anwar
1978 Ek Baap Chhe Bete ... Mahesh
1980 Khanjar ... Jagat
1980 Nauker Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1983 Khud-Daar Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]
1986 Ladies Hostel Mahesh Bhatta Kannada film with B. Sarojadevi in lead role
1993 Khal-Naikaa ... Gangaram
1994 Andaz Apna Apna
1995 Guddu
1996 Dushman Duniya Ka

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Indian comedian Mehmood dead". Daily Times. 24 July 2004. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  2. ^ Mumbai bids emotional farewell to Mehmood The Times of India, 28 July 2004.

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Zaveri, Hanif. Mehmood, a Man of Many Moods, Popular Prakashan, 2005. ISBN 81-7991-213-2

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