Today is the 88th birth anniversary of one of India’s greatest comedians Mehmood. He was a multi-talented actor, popular as a comedy legend. Mehmood was born and brought up in Mumbai in 1932. His father, Mumtaz Ali, was a stage actor and dancer and was famous in the 40s and 50s era. He began his acting career as an artist in a Bombay Talkies film, Kismet. After that, he never stopped. He acted in Padosan, Do Phool and Kunwara Baap among others. His 1966 comedy film ‘Pyaar Kiya Jaa’ was mind-blowing and it is still my favourite film.
On Mehmood’s birth anniversary, we bring you some his unknown facts. Read below
1. Mehmood was popularly known as the ‘King OF Comedy’ in Indian cinema. He has acted in more than 300 film and debuted from the film ‘CID’ in Bollywood.
2. Before making his career in Bollywood, he was a tennis coach of Meena Kumari. He was also a driver of filmmaker PL Santoshi. During coaching time, he met Meena Kumari sister Madhu and fell in love with her. He allegedly forced her to get married to him threatening suicide.
3. After some time, Mehmood and Madhu divorced and reportedly Mehmood was linked-up with Aruna Irani but they did not admit their relationship. Some reports also suggested that they got married. His official second marriage, however, was with Tracy Ali.
4. He is very close to his mother. He wanted a daughter, but Madhu and Mehmood had four sons. And, he had three more from Tracy Ali.
5. He was one comedian whose photo used to be on posters with the lead actor. Directors signed him knowing he could deliver superhit films. Directors signed him knowing the audience wanted to see Mehmood and his comedy on the big screen.
6. During Amitabh Bachchan’s struggling phase in Mumbai, it was Mehmood who helped him and offered him a room at his own house.
7. Mehmood flourished as a comedian, be it as Master Pillai in Padosan, Mahesh in Love In Tokyo, the butler in Gumnaam, or Atma in Pyar Kiye Jaa.
8. During his struggling period, Mehmood faced so many problems, he used to sell eggs and also worked as a taxi driver.
9. During his days at the Bombay Talkies, Mehmood made friends with another upcoming comedian – the versatile Kishore Kumar. Kishore famously remarked, “How can I give a chance to someone who will compete with me?” To this, Mehmood is supposed to have laughingly replied, “One day, I will become a big filmmaker and I will cast you in a role in my film!”
10. It was again Mehmood who gave legendary music director R D Burman his first break as a music director in his film, Chhote Nawab. Later, they developed a close friendship that lasted through their lifetimes.