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Veteran filmmaker Prakash Mehra passes away

By Agencies
Sun, May 17, 2009 19:00 IST

Prakash Mehra The man who gave us films like ‘Zanjeer’ and ‘Namak Halal’ is no longer with us. Veteran Bollywood filmmaker Prakash Mehra passed away in a Mumbai hospital on Sunday.

The 69-year-old Mehra, who was hospitalised for last several days, breathed his last at 0750 hours. He died of pneumonia and multiple organ failure, hospital sources said.

Ironically, people came to know about Mehra's ill-health a fortnight ago, only after Amitabh Bachchan visited him in the hospital and mentioned about it in his blog.




The Mehra-Bachchan duo, which began with Zanjeer in early 70s, gave the industry seven movies of which six were mega-hits.

Their last movie together was 'Jadugar' in 1989 which was a flop.

The director-actor duo hits include 'Muqaddar Ka Sikander', Lawaaris , 'Namak Halal', 'Sharabi' and 'Hera Pheri', apart from 'Zanjeer'.

Mehra started his journey in the industry as a production controller in the late 1950s but he switched to direction with 'Haseena Maan Jayegi' in 1968. However, Mehra's first success came in 1971 with 'Mela'. The movie brought together the Khan brothers -- Feroz Khan and Sanjay Khan -- for the first time on silver screen. He also directed Anil Kapoor in 'Zindagi Ek Jua' in 1991 but the film didn't do well at the box-office.

In 1996, he introduced veteran actor Raaj Kumar's son Puru Raajkumar with 'Bal Brahmachari'. It bombed at the box-office. This was his last film as a director. In mid-1990s, he produced 'Dalaal' with Mithun Chakraborty , which was a commercial success.

Mehra was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement award from the India Motion Picture Directors Association (IMPDA) in 2006 for his commendable contribution to the industry as a Director.

Two years later, in 2008, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award from the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association for his role as a Producer.

Mehra's health declined after his wife slipped into a coma. His conditioned further worsened after his wife's death. He was in the ICU and on ventilator because of his failing lungs and an infection.



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