Born - 29 September 1932
Died - July 23 2004
Achievements - Mehmood Ali was an Indian actor, director as well
as a producer in the Indian film industry i.e. Bollywood and has worked
in more than 300 films in a career spanning over three decades. However,
his fans remember him as one of the most hilarious comedian of all time.
Mehmood Ali was an Indian actor, director as well as a producer in the
Indian film industry i.e. Bollywood and has worked in more than 300
films in a career spanning over three decades. However, his fans
remember him as one of the most hilarious comedian of all time. Known
more commonly as Mehmood even in present times, he was one of the nine
children born to actress and dancer, Mumtaz Ali. Read on to know more
about the biography of Mehmood Ali.
The acting career of Mehmood began as an
child actor in Bombay Talkies films like Kismet. Before he began working
in movies, Mehmood did odd jobs like driving, selling poultry and so on.
He used to be the driver of film director P L Santoshi. And later, it
was Santoshi's son, Rajkumar Santoshi who gave Mehmood an opportunity to
star in his venture Andaz Apna Apna. In this movie, Mehmood was employed
to teach table tennis to actress Meena Kumari.
The life history of Mehmood Ali's career blossomed after his marriage
to Madhu, who was the sister of Meena Kumari. It was post wedding and
becoming a father that Mehmood decided to take his acting career
seriously. So he got a minor break as a murder victim in the film CID
starring actor Dev Anand. He got very insignificant roles initially in
movies like Do Bigha Zameen and Pyaasa. When he went on to act in lead
roles, he was really appreciated by the audience for his comedy.
Sadly, Mehmood died in his sleep on 23 July 2004 at Pennsylvania the
United States. He had gone there for the treatment of a lung disease
after suffering from poor health for several years. Later his fans,
family and friends gave him a grand homage at the Mehmood studio in
Mumbai. Some of the famous films he worked in are Zindagi (1964),
Gumnaam (1965), Pyar Kiye Ja (1966), Love in Tokyo (1966), Patthar ke
Sanam (1967), Padosan (1968) , Aankhen (1968), Do Phool (1968) and
Some famous Bollywood songs for which people still remember Mehmood are
'Ek chatur naar' from film Padosan, 'Aao Twist Karen' from Bhoot Bangla,
'Yeh do deewane dil ke' from Johar Mehmood in Goa, 'Hum kaale hai to
kyaa huaa dilwaale hain' from Gumnaam and so on. He received the
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Dil Tera Diwana and Filmfare
Best Comedian Award twice for films Pyar Kiye Jaa and for Vardaan.