Today is 77th birth anniversary of Mehmood, the uncrowned king of comedy. He tickled many a funny bone with a perfect sense of timing, rib-tickling punch lines and intrinsic wit. Join us in paying a tribute to this ace performer.
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He was among the rare league of actors who could make you smile and cry, both with an effortless ease. Born in 1932 in Mumbai, he acted in more than 300 films in a career spanning almost three decades.
His memorable films include: Gumnaam (1965), Bhoot Bangla (1965), Pyar Kiye Ja (1966), Padosan (1968), Kunwara Baap (1974), Bombay To Goa (1972), Sabse Bada Rupaiya (1976), and Johar Mehmood in Hongkong (1971).
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Son of actor-dancer Mumtaz Ali, Mehmood began life quite humbly. He drove cars for others and ran errands for a few rupees before spotlight hit him. Mehmood's first major break came in 1958 with Parvarish. Mehmood's forte lay in his impeccable acting style that had blended humour with human sensitivity.
He bagged the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award For Dil Tera Deewana and Filmfare Best Comedian Award twice, for Pyar Kiye Jaa and Vardaan.
As a director, his last film was Dushman Duniya Ka in 1996. He passed away while he was asleep at the age of 72 on July 23, 2004 in Pennsylvania, USA where he had gone for treatment of lung disease. He suffered poor health for several years prior to that.
The film, which introduced his son Manzoor Ali, had special appearances from Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. His second son of eight children, Maqsood 'Lucky' Ali is a well-known Hindi pop singer and has also acted in films.
The long journey of Indian cinema will forever be incomplete without mentioning Mehmood's glorious achievements.
With inputs from News Tomorrow