Prem Nath

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Prem Nath
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Born
Premnath Malhotra

(1916-11-21)21 November 1916
Died3 November 1992(1992-11-03) (aged 75)
OccupationActor, Director
Years active1947–1990
Spouse(s)Bina Rai
ChildrenPrem Krishen
Kailash Nath (Monty)
RelativesRajendra Nath (Brother)
Narendra Nath (Brother)
Krishna Kapoor (Sister)
Uma Chopra (Sister)
Raj Kapoor (Brother-in-law)
Prem Chopra (Brother-in-law)

Premnath Malhotra (21 November 1916 – 3 November 1992), better known as Prem Nath, was an Indian actor and director, who was best known for his works in Hindi films. Nath made his debut with the film Ajit (1948), and went on to appear in over 100 films throughout his career. He was nominated for three Filmfare Awards, and later retired in 1985. In 1992, Nath died from a heart attack.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in 1916 in the Karimpura locality near Ghanta Ghar in Peshawar. His family moved to Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh after partition and he moved to Mumbai where he was discovered as an actor.

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.[1] 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 Uma was married to veteran Hindi Film 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 75, just 18 days before his 76th birthday.

Career[edit]

Prem Nath (right) with actor Prem Chopra (left)

Premnath made his film debut in Ajit (1948), opposite Monica Desai, which was one of the first colour films.[2] 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 earned Filmfare nominations as Best Supporting Actor for: Shor (1972), Bobby (1973), Amir Garib (1974) and Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974).[3]

Apart from Hindi 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. He starred in a number of Punjabi films such as Sat Sri Akal (1977). He also directed the 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.

Selected filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Acting filmography
Year Film Character / Role Notes
1947 Daulat Ke Liye
1948 Aag Rajan
1948 Ajit
1949 Barsaat Gopal
1950 Hindustan Hamara
1951 Sagai Prem
1951 Awaara Cameo Appearance
1951 Naujawan Raju
1951 Badal Badal
1952 Aan Shamsher Singh
1952 Saaki
1953 Aurat Adil
1955 Aab-e-hayat
1957 Chengeez Khan
1957 Samunder
1959 Bus conductor
1960 Apna Ghar
1963 Shaheed Bhagat Singh
1963 Rustam Sohrab Rustam Sohrab
1965 Sikandar-e-Azam Chirag
1966 Amrapali Magadh Senpati Veer
1966 Pyar Mohabbat Senapati Uday Kumar Singh
1966 Teesri Manzil Kunwer
1967 Baharon Ke Sapne Mr. Kapoor
1969 Kenner Sandy American film
1970 Johny Mera Naam Ranjit/Rai Saab Bhupendra Singh
1970 The Evil Within
1970 Pushpanjali Peter D'Costa
1971 Tere Mere Sapne Seth Madhochand
1972 Gora Aur Kala Prithvi Singh
1972 Raja Jani Diwan Gajendra Singh
1972 Be-Imaan DIG Gopal Das
1972 Mom Ki Gudiya Vakil Uncle
1972 Rani Mera Naam
1972 Shor Khan Badshah Nominated for 1972 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[3]
1972 Wafaa Barrister
1973 Bobby Jack Braganza Nominated for 1973 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[3]
1973 Chhupa Rustam Williams
1973 Loafer Villain
1973 Nafrat CBI Inspector Kumar
1974 Amir Garib Daulatram Nominated for 1974 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[3]
1974 Ishk Ishk Ishk Pahar
1974 Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye Mangal Singh
1974 Roti Kapda Aur Makaan Harnam Singh Nominated for 1974 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[3]
1975 Dafaa 302
1975 Dharam Karam Shankar Dada
1975 Dharmatma Dharamdas 'Dharmatma'
1975 Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty Imandar Pauwala
1975 Rani Aur Lalpari Yamraj
1975 Sanyasi Mangal Singh
1976 Aap Beati Bajrang Bahadur
1976 Dus Numbri Inspector Jaichan
1976 Jai Bajrang Bali Lankeshwar Shri Ravan
1976 Janeman Ram Bharose
1976 Nehle pe Dehla
1976 Kabeela Sardar Babbar
1976 Kalicharan IG P.N. Khanna
1976 Nagin Sapera
1977 Chala Murari Hero Banne
1977 Chandi Sona Lord Mayor Jojo
1977 Darinda
1977 Farishta Ya Qatil
1977 Jadu Tona
1977 Shirdi Ke Sai Baba Som Dev
1977 Sat Sri Akal Punjabi Film
1977 Thief of Baghdad
1978 Heeralal Pannalal Inspector Premlal
1978 Shalimar Raja Bahadur Singh
1978 Vishwanath GNK
1979 Dhongee Mr. John Lord / Gurkha Bahadur
1979 Gautam Govinda Dharamdutt
1979 Lok Parlok Yamraaj
1979 Jaani Dushman Pujari
1979 Muqabla Police inspector
1980 Dhan Daulat Mangat
1980 Guest House Christopher
1980 Suniyasi
1980 Karz Sir Judah
1981 Krodhi Jagira
1982 Desh Premee Puthu Anna
1985 Hum Dono Lata's father
1990 Kishan Kanhaiya Deulatram
Directed films
  • Samundar (1957), only film for P. N. Films, home production.

TV series[edit]

  • Maya TV series (1 episode, 1967)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Nominations

References[edit]

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