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Jay Om Prakash (24 January 1926 – 7 August 2019) was an Indian film producer and director born in Sialkot, Punjab, British India. He directed films like Aap Ki Kasam (1974), Aakraman, Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka, Aakhir Kyon? (1985) with Rajesh Khanna as the lead hero and his other successful directorial ventures included Apnapan (1977), Aasha (1980), Apna Bana Lo (1982), Arpan (1983), and Aadmi Khilona Hai (1993) with Jeetendra as the lead hero.[1][2] He was presenter for the films Raja Rani and Aan Milo Sajna, both having Rajesh Khanna as the lead hero.

Jay Om Prakash
Born(1926-01-24)24 January 1926
Died7 August 2019(2019-08-07) (aged 93)
NationalityIndian
OccupationFilmmaker, director
Years active1961–2019
RelativesSee Roshan family

His daughter, Pinky, is married to director-producer Rakesh Roshan, making him the maternal grandfather of actor Hrithik Roshan.[3]

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Early lifeEdit

He was born in Sialkot, Punjab, British India. His father worked as a school teacher.[1] He used to play the harmonium in the stage plays of his school and college. According to Om, Qateel Shifai and Faiz Ahmed Faiz were his friends. Om would read their books in Urdu and attend their mushairas. He started loving Urdu in those days which improved his sense of lyrics and music. Later in his career he often gave suggestions to his music directors.[1]

Om worked as a clerk in a film distributors office in Lahore and later became a manager. After the Partition of India, he moved to Mumbai.[1]

CareerEdit

His film production Company was named as Filmyug meaning 'The Age Of Films'.[1] Aas Ka Panchhi released in 1960 was a Silver Jubilee hit and the company continued to produce films till the middle of 1990's.[1] He was known in the film industry as Om-ji.[1] He produced box office hit films like Aas Ka Panchhi (1961), Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964), Aaye Din Bahar Ke (1966), Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke (1969), Aankhon Aankhon Mein and Aakhir Kyun.[4]

He made his directorial debut with hit film Aap Ki Kasam starring Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz.[5] The film was a box office success, and is remembered for the performance by its lead actors and all of its songs composed by R. D. Burman like "Jai, Jai Shiv Shankar", "Karwaten Badalte Rahen", "Pass Nahi Aana", "Zindagi Ke Safar".[6]

Most of his films' titles start with the letter "A" or "Aa".[4] According to Om, his first movie Aas Ka Panchhi started with Aa, after this he started "Aa" as a brand name for his naming his movies. There were only two exceptions to it, namely Bhagwan Dada and Raja Rani produced by him.[1]

He directed successful Punjabi language film Aasra Pyaar Da (1983) and produced critically acclaimed but box office flop Aandhi (1975). Afsana Dilwalon Ka (2001) with actor Rahul Roy was his last film as a director.[7]

He had served as the President of IMPPA and the Film Producers’ Guild for six years.[1] He was elected President of the Film Federation of India and served for the year 1995–1996.[8][9]. He had been a trustee of artistes’ welfare funds and participated in the advisory panels of the Directorate of Film Festivals and Central Board of Film Certification. He had also been a lecturer at the Pune Film Institute.[1]

He had won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 by the Asian Guild Of London.[1]

He died in Mumbai on 7 August 2019, at the age of 93.[5]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Director Producer Notes
1961 Aas Ka Panchhi Yes [10]
1964 Ayee Milan Ki Bela Yes [4]
1966 Aaye Din Bahar Ke Yes [4]
1969 Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke Yes [4]
1972 Aankhon Aankhon Mein Yes [4]
1974 Aap Ki Kasam Yes Yes [4]
1975 Aakraman Yes [10]
1975 Aandhi Yes [10]
1977 Apnapan Yes Yes [4]
1977 Aashiq Hoon Baharon Ka Yes [10]
1980 Aasha Yes Yes [4]
1981 Aas Paas Yes [10]
1982 Apna Bana Lo Yes [4]
1983 Aasra Pyaar Da Yes [10]
1983 Arpan Yes Yes [4]
1985 Aakhir Kyon? Yes Yes [4]
1986 Aap Ke Saath Yes Yes [10]
1986 Bhagwan Dada Yes [10]
1988 Agnee Yes Yes [10]
1991 Aadmi Aur Apsara Yes [10]
1992 Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh Yes Yes [10]
1993 Aadmi Khilona Hai Yes [4]
2001 Afsana Dilwalon Ka Yes Yes [10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Content and Contentment". Archived from the original on 24 January 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2007.
  2. ^ Gautam Chintamani (2003). Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna. Delhi Press. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  3. ^ Subhash K Jha (10 March 2013). "Hrithik Roshan can't say no to grandpa!". Daily News & Analysis. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Filmmaker J Om Prakash, Hrithik Roshan's Grandfather, Dies At 93". NDTV.com. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Hrithik Roshan's grandfather, filmmaker J Om Prakash, dies in Mumbai". Hindustan Times. 7 August 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  6. ^ Vittal, Anirudha Bhattacharjee Balaji (2012). R. D. Burman: The Man, The Music. HarperCollins Publishers. pp. 79–. ISBN 978-93-5029-236-5.
  7. ^ "Grandson Hrithik Roshan Performs Director J Om Prakash's Last Rites; Big B, Jeetendra Attend Funeral". News18. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  8. ^ Rajinder, Dudrah; Jigna, Desai (2008). The Bollywood Reader. McGraw-Hill International. pp. 49–. ISBN 978-0-335-22212-4.
  9. ^ "Presidents Of Film Federation Of India". Film Federation Of India. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Hungama, Bollywood. "J Om Prakash Movies List | J Om Prakash Upcoming Movies - Bollywood Hungama". Retrieved 7 August 2019.

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