Jankidas Mehra (1910 – 18 June 2003) was a prolific Indian film actor of Hindi Cinema, cyclist, production designer and writer. He made over 1000 film appearances between the 1930s and 1997.[1]

Jankidas Mehra

Died18 June 2003 (aged 92–93)
Years active1930s–1998



Jankidas served as the only Indian member of the International Olympic Committee at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin[1] and was the only Indian to have broken the world record in cycling between 1934 and 1942.[2]

In the 1940s, along with Sohrab Bhoot, he founded the Cycling Federation of India.

Cycling Federation of India founders J. Das (left) and S. Bhoot (right)


Jankidas debuted in films playing a major role in Khazanchi (1941), produced in Lahore. He was not seen again till 1946, when he would appear in Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani. From then on he would continue to play roles with increasing vigour over the years.[1]

As a production designer, Jankidas was responsible for the founding of many famous Indian actor's careers. He was responsible for Madhubala's role in Sohrab Modi's Daulat in 1947, and introduced Meena Kumari in Nanabhai Bhatt's Hamara Ghar, and Khushboo in Sunil Dutt's Dard Ka Rishta.[2] He also introduced actress Mala Sinha in Hamlet, produced and directed by Kishore Sahu.

In 1985, he wrote the script for the film Yaadon Ki Kasam.

Jankidas was the recipient of numerous national and international awards. In May 1996, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association.[2]

Jankidas was also an author and wrote numerous books on Bollywood and the acting profession. He published My Misadventures in Filmland and Acting for Beginners.[1]

Select FilmographyEdit

Year Film Character/Role
1941 Khazanchi News reporter
1946 Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani Dr. Mukherjee
1948 Rambaan
1949 Aiye
1950 Babul Ashok's dad
1958 Kala Pani Daulat Chand
1965 Arzoo Ramesh's servant
1966 Daadi Maa Pandit Gyandutt
1967 Patthar Ke Sanam Mr. Poojari
Hare Kanch Ki Chooriyan Shopkeeper
Parivaar Paanwala
1968 Sadhu Aur Shaitaan Seth Jankidas
1969 Sajan (1969 film) Tarakilal, Stage Show Organizer
1970 Pushpanjali Tourist guide
1971 Chingari (1971 film) Pandit
Naya Zamana Sitaram
1972 Seeta Aur Geeta secretary
Yeh Gulistan Hamara Haku
1975 Khel Khel Mein Seth Ghanshyam Das,Jewellery Store Owner
1977 Saheb Bahadur Astrolger
1978 Tumhari Kasam Tikam Seth
Des Pardes Daiyal
Azaad (1978 film) Diwanji
1979 Khandaan Kedarnath
Prem Bandhan Rodrigues
1980 Khanjar
The Burning Train Ticket Collector in Express Train
Kali Ghata
1983 Humse Na Jeeta Koi Lala
Nishaan Pandit
1984 Phulwari (1984 film) Antique Shop Owner
Laila (1984 film) Pandit
1987 Hukumat Ticket Collector at Railway station
1988 Maalamaal Antique Shop Owner
1991 Farishtay Foreign Terrorist (Cameo/Guest) Role
Dushman Devta Pandit
1993 Dhanwan (1993 film) Pensioner club Member
1998 Ghar Bazar Gupta


Jankidas was suffering from a heart ailment for a substantial period of time, but was discharged from the local hospital two days before his death.[2] He died of cardiac failure at his Juhu residence on Wednesday 18 June 2003. He was 93.

Jankidas is survived by two sons, and two daughters.


  1. ^ a b c d "Veteran actor Jankidas passes away". The Times of India. 18 June 2003. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d "Veteran actor Jankidas passes away". Rediff.com. 18 June 2003. Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2008.

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