Tuesday, July 27

Mehmood : 1932 - 2004

Veteran Bollywood comedian, Mehmood, has died in the United States at the age of 72

I am a great fan of Mr. Mehmood, he was the true and may be the first "King Of Comedy" in the hindi film industry. I still remember a very simple but hillarious scene of "Pyar Kiye Jaa" in which he narrates a horror story to Omprakash , he was awarded Film Fare Award for that. Most of the comedians in India just use one method and repeat themselves in all their movies. But Mehmood was the first person who used make-up, accent, props and variety in his comedy. He was also ahead of time making movies such as Kuwara Baap, Padosan, Bombay to Goa, Jinny and Johny , etc. Padosan is still a terrific movie to watch , everytime you see it you experience the same madness. There is no other example of a true "comedy" in the Indian Masala movie industry. There is also a legend about him that once upon a time he became so popular among the audiences that Heroes (a typical lead character in every indian film) used to fear his presence in the movie and started boycotting him. One can simply put faith in this since he was the only comedian those days who gott to sing and dance with her very own female-sidekick (Helen, Durga Khote, Aruna Irani) in all him movies.

Filmography of Mehmood as: Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Director, Producer on IMDB.com