Mehmood (actor)

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Mehmood Ali
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Born (1932-09-29)29 September 1932
Mumbai, British India
Died 23 July 2004(2004-07-23) (aged 71)
Dunmore, Pennsylvania, US
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Madhu (divorced)
Nancy Kroll aka Tracy Ali (Tahira)
Children Masood Ali
Maqsood Mehmood Ali (Lucky Ali)
Maqdoom Ali
Masoom Ali
Manzoor Ali
Mansoor Ali
Ginny Ali
Parent(s) Mumtaz Ali
Latifunnisa Ali

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.

Early life[edit]

Mehmood was one of eight children born to Latifunnisa and film and stage actor-cum-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 too is an actor and a producer of movies like Khud-daar and Kaash.


Early career[edit]

As a child, he worked in Bombay films like Kismet. He later had a number of odd jobs, working as a table tennis teacher to Meena Kumari and as a driver for director P. L. Santoshi. Santoshi's son, Rajkumar Santoshi, would later cast him in the film Andaz Apna Apna.[citation needed]

After getting married 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 hit film as an actor.


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


One of his sons, Lucky Ali (Maqsood Ali) is a singer and composer who has acted in films.

Partial filmography[edit]


See also[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.
  3. ^ Hanif Zaveri (1 January 2005). Mehmood, a Man of Many Moods. Popular Prakashan. pp. 171–. ISBN 978-81-7991-213-3. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 

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Further reading[edit]

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

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