large void is left in Bollywood with the death of comedian Mehmood.
It seems like some of the laughter has disappeared from the
was the son of actor/dancer Mumtaj Ali and brother of character-actress
Minoo Mumtaz. He started off his career in show business very
early in life and has acted in over 300 films. Mehmood always
wanted to make people laugh and therefore he started as Johnny
Walker's student in the field of the comedy. And no doubt he
mastered the art brilliantly.
with bit roles in films like Guru Dutt's "Pyaasa",
where he played the star's wicked brother, Mehmood quickly made
his presence felt. His first major break in films was in Parvarish
in 1958 when he landed a role parallel to Raj Kapoor. He was
paired opposite Shobha Khote and later with Aruna Irani which
became hit pairs.
time came during the 1960s when Mehmood's place in the Hindi
cinema became more important than that of the leading man. In
Films like "Gumnam", "Pyar Kiye Jaa", "Dil
Tera Diwana", "Sasural" and "Humjoli",
Mehmood's acting genius overshadowed the role of the leading
men like Manoj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Rajendra
Kumar and Jeetendra respectively. He became such a threat that
no hero was willing to share screen space with Mehmood!
most remembered role was in Padosan (1968) where he played a
Carnatic music teacher. Mehmood also directed and acted in films
like "Bhoot Bungla", "Kunwara Baap", and
“Ginny Aur Johnny". Mehmood also introduced some
extraordinary talent to Hindi cinema. Mehmood gave music composer
Rahul Dev Burman his first break in "Chote Nawab".
Later, Burman composed some of his best scores in Mehmood's
films like "Bhoot Bungla" (where Mehmood also coaxed
Burman to play one of the leads), and "Padosan".
was no doubt the king of comedy who revolutionised the concept
of comedy in Hindi cinema. Mehmood's health had been poor for
several years and he had gone to Pennsylvania for treatment
where he died in his sleep. He was 72.
pays tribute to the comic legend, Mehmood.