Posted by: S/J | 05/17/2009

Prakash Mehra

prakash-mehra Prakash Mehra— writer, lyricist, director and producer, passed away early this morning because of multiple organ failure, which was caused by a sudden infection.

Responsible for movies like Zanjeer (1973), Hera Pheri (1978), Muqaddar Ka Sikander (1978), Laawaris (1981), Namak Halaal (1982), Sharaabi (1984), Mehra single-handedly made Amitabh Bachchan into…well Amitabh Bachchan.

Prakash Mehra was born on 13th July 1939 in Bijnaur, Uttar Pradesh. He started out as a production controller and directed his first film in 1968, “Haseena Maan Jayegi” with Shashi Kapoor and Babita.

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Mehra was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the India Motion Picture Directors Association in 2006 and India Motion Pictures Producers Association in 2008.

prakash-mehra1 He was also one of the first Filmistani directors to venture into Hollywood, he had joined hands with Frank Yandolino to make “The God Connection” starring Charles Bronson, but the movie did not materialize.

In the words of his colleague, Mr. Bachchan, “A simple man who had the capacity to narrate great stories through the medium of cinema in the most simple manner. No fuss, no calisthenics. Just very ordinary camera placements and extraordinary content. A writer, a lyricist, a musician, he added all these qualities to his creativity behind the camera and gave me some of my most challenging roles.”

While we did not know the person, we have seen his movies as children and they will be etched into our minds for the rest of our lives. Our heartfelt condolences to the family.

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