Mehmood: Hero used to be insecure when Mehmood was in the film, know these special things related to veteran comedian
Bollywood veteran comedian-actor Mehmood was one of those actors who has left an indelible mark on the big screen with his stellar performances. Mehmood was very active in Hindi cinema in the 50s to 70s.
Bollywood veteran comedian-actor Mehmood was one of those actors who has left an indelible mark on the big screen with his stellar performances. Mehmood was very active in Hindi cinema in the 50s to 70s. He won the hearts of the audience a lot on the big screen with his different characters in the films. Mehmood was born on September 29, 1932, in Mumbai. His father Mumtaz Ali used to work in Bombay Talkies Studio.
Mehmood had eight siblings, out of which sister Meenu Mumtaz was a prominent actress. As a child, Mahmood used to sell toffees in local trains running between Malad and Virar to meet the financial needs of the household. From his childhood days, Mehmood was inclined towards acting. Due to his father's recommendation, he got a chance in the Bombay Talkies film 'Kismat' in 1943. Mehmood played the childhood role of actor Ashok Kumar in the film, which was well-received.
After this Mehmood started being recognized as a junior artist. He did small roles in films like 'Do Bigha Zamin', 'Jagruti', 'CID', 'Pyaasa'. Mehmood's acting car started running from the films 'Bhoot Bangla', 'Padosan', 'Bombay to Goa', 'Gumnaam', 'Kunwara Baap'. Later Mehmood also directed films like 'Kunwara Baap'. Mehmood also produced some films and experimented with films like 'Bhoot Bangla'. There was a time when even the lead actors of the film used to feel insecure when Mehmood was in the film.
Writer Manmohan Melville has written an interesting anecdote related to Mahmood and Kishor in one of his articles. Mehmood had requested Kishore, who was going through the golden phase of his career, to give a role in one of his films. But Kishor, who was fully aware of Mahmood's talent, had asked how he could give a chance to someone who would become a challenge for him in the future.
On this Mehmood said with great humility that one day I too will become a big filmmaker and will give you a role in my film. Mehmood proved his point and later when he started his home production film 'Padosan', he hired Kishore Kumar in it. Due to the fusion of these two great actors, this film proved to be the biggest comedy film in Bollywood.
In a career spanning three decades, Mehmood acted in more than 300 Hindi films. Mehmood, who worked as an actor, director, storyteller, and producer, made his last film 'Dushman Duniya Ka' with Shah Rukh Khan in the year 1996, but it failed at the box office. Mehmood was honored with the Filmfare Award thrice in his cine career.