Legendary Bollywood filmmaker/producer/director Prakash Mehra died at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri Mumbai this morning. Living legend Amitabh Bachchan got his first major break in Prakash Mehra's Zanjeer that created the 'angry young man' identity for him. They also did many hugely successful films like Lawaris, Namak Halal and Muqaddar Ka Sikander. Amitji visited the hospital this morning but could not talk as Prakashji was in the ICU on a ventilator. We pray for the eternal peace for the departed soul.
About Prakash Mehra at Wikipedia :
Prakash Mehra (born 13th July 1939-died 17th May 2009) in Bijnaur, Uttar Pradesh, India) was a legendary Bollywood film producer and director.
Prakash Mehra started in the late 1950s as a production controller. In 1968, he directed Shashi Kapoor who played a double role in Haseena Maan Jayegi. This was followed by the 1971 hit Mela starring the Khan brothers (Feroz Khan and Sanjay Khan) together. In 1973, he produced and directed Zanjeer. This mega blockbuster with Amitabh Bachchan started a relationship that spanned 7 more films. It also launched the career of Mr Bachchan (along with Mr Mehra), as a top Director/Actor duo.
Prakash Mehra also directed & produced Zindagi Ek Jua with actor Anil Kapoor in 1991, which was not a commercial success. In 1996, he introduced veteran actor Raaj Kumar's son Puru Raajkumar in Bal Brahmachari which was also unsuccessful. This was the last film he directed. He also produced the movie Dalaal with Mithun Chakraborthy, in the mid-90s, which was a box-office hit. Mr Mehra received a lifetime achievement award from the India Motion Picture Directors Association (IMPDA) in 2006. He also received Lifetime Achievement as Producer from IMPAA (Indian Motion Picture Producers Association) on September 19, 2008.
Prakash Mehra was one of the first Bombay directors to try venture into Hollywood. In the late eighties he tried a joint venture to make the movie The God Connection with Frank Yandolino. The movie was to include Hollywood actors such as Charles Bronson among others, but the project though funded heavily initially, never materialized.
Prakash Mehra's Filmography :
Haseena Maan Jayegi (1968)
Aakhri Daku (1970)
Haath Ki Safai (1974)
Hera Pheri (1976)
Muqaddar Ka Sikander(1978)
Namak Halaal (1982)
Zindagi Ek Jua (1992)
Dalaal (Producer only) (1993)
Bal Brahmachari (1996)
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