Thursday, September 18, 2008

ACTIVE AT 81 - LIVING LEGEND LEKH TANDON




Last week, we had the privilege to meet Lekh Tandon Sahab on the sets of his serial BIKHRI AAS NIKHRI PREET, currently being telecast on Doordarshan. It was a remarkable experience to see the legendary director active at the age of 81.




WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE ON LEKH TANDON




Lekh Tandon has directed numerous Bollywood movies and Indian TV Serials. Recently he has acted in few movies such as Swades. He is brother of Urdu playwriter Yograj Tandon.

Biography
Lekh's father F. C. Tandon had studied with Prithviraj Kapoor during High School at Khalsa High School, Layalpur in Punjab and had been friends. Prithviraj Kapoor inspired Lekh to work in Bollywood. Around same time, Lekh's brother Yograj was working as assistant-director and secretary to Prithviraj Kapoor.



Lekh started as Assistant Director in Hindi movie industries in 1950's and became director of several hit movies. Then he moved onto nascent TV scene in its early years and started directing TV Serials. His first offering was Phir Wahi Talash on Indian National TV Channel Doordarshan. Lekh is also credited for discovering Shahrukh Khan by casting him his TV serial Dil Dariya.


Awards
He shared the 1978 Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for his movie, Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye, with Vrajendra Gaur and Madhusudan Kalekar.



Filmography

As Director
Do Rahain (1997)
Uttarayan (1985)
Agar Tum Na Hote (1983)
Doosri Dulhan (1983)
Khuda Kasam (1981)
Sharada (1981)
Ek Baar Kaho (1980)
Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye (1977)
Andolan (1975)
Jahan Pyar Mile (1969)
Prince (film) (1969)
Jhuk Gaya Aasman (1968)
Amrapali (1966)
Professor (film) (1962)



As Actor
Swades....Dadaji
Munaa Bhai MBBS....Maqsood Bhai(sweeper)
Paheli
Rang De Basanti....Aamir's Grand Father
Lage Raho Munna Bhai....Librarian
Halla Bol....Lekh Tandon