Prakash Mehra

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Prakash Mehra
Film Producer Director Prakash Mehra.jpg
Born(1939-07-13)13 July 1939
Died17 May 2009(2009-05-17) (aged 69)

Prakash Mehra (13 July 1939 – 17 May 2009) was a legendary Indian film director and producer[1] known for his work in Hindi films. He was one of the pioneers of masala films, along with Nasir Hussain, and Manmohan Desai.[2] His collaborations with the actor Amitabh Bachchan resulted in several box office blockbusters and classics.


Born on 13 July 1939 in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, 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 hit with Amitabh Bachchan started a long term and successful collaboration that spanned 7 more films, 6 being blockbuster hits: Hera Pheri, Khoon Pasina, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Lawaaris, Namak Halaal and Sharaabi. Their final collaboration was Jaadugar which was a flop and ended their successful streak. Zanjeer was the film credited with launching the career of Bachchan as a lead actor and their final film together Jaadugar was released towards the declining period of Bachchan's career.

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 Raaj Kumar in Bal Bramhachari which was also unsuccessful. This was the last film he directed. He also produced the movie Dalaal with Mithun Chakraborty, 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.[citation needed] He also received Lifetime Achievement as Producer from IMPPA (Indian Motion Picture Producers Association) on 19 September 2008.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Mehra died on 17 May 2009 in Mumbai of pneumonia and multiple organ failure.[1]


As director[edit]

Year Film Notes
1965 Purnima Assistant Drictor & lyrics one song
1968 Haseena Maan Jayegi
1971 Mela
1972 Samadhi
1972 Aan Baan
1973 Zanjeer
1973 Ek Kunwari Ek Kunwara
1974 Haath Ki Safai
1976 Khalifa
1976 Hera Pheri
1978 Aakhri Daku
1978 Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
1980 Jwalamukhi
1980 Desh Drohee
1981 Laawaris
1982 Namak Halaal
1984 Sharaabi
1987 Muqaddar Ka Faisla
1988 Mohabbat Ke Dushman
1989 Jaadugar
1992 Zindagi Ek Juaa
1996 Bal Bramhachari

As producer[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
1977 Khoon Pasina Rakesh Kumar
1986 Chameli Ki Shaadi Basu Chatterjee
1993 Dalaal Partho Ghosh


  1. ^ a b "Producer-director Prakash Mehra passes away". The Times of India. PTI. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Khalifa (1976)". The Hindu. 17 February 2017.

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