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Mehmood Ali (29 September 1932 – 23 July 2004), popularly known simply as Mehmood, was an Indian actor, singer, director and producer best known for playing comic roles in Hindi films. During his career of more than four decades, he worked in over 300 Hindi films. Mehmood received 25 Nominations for filmfare awards, 19 for 'Best Performance in a Comic Role', while the awards started in 1954, awards for the best comedian category started only in 1967. Prior to that Mehmood also received 6 nominations for 'Best Supporting Actor'.
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|Died||23 July 2004 (aged 71)|
Nancy Kroll aka Tracy Ali (Tahira)
|Children||7, including Pucky Ali, Lucky Ali, Macky Ali|
|Relatives||Meena Kumari (sister-in-law). Also see Ali-Amrohi family|
Mehmood was one of eight children born to Latifunnisa and film and stage actor-come-dancer Mumtaz Ali, who was a huge star of the 40's and 50's cinema, in Mumbai, India. Mehmood had an elder sister and six younger siblings. His sister, Minoo Mumtaz, was also a successful dancer and character actress in Bollywood movies. His youngest brother, Anwar Ali, is also an actor as well as a producer of such movies as Khud-daar and Kaash.
As a child, he worked in Mumbai films like Kismet. He later had a number of odd jobs, working as a driver for director P. L. Santoshi. Santoshi's son, Rajkumar Santoshi, would later cast him in the film Andaz Apna Apna.
After getting married to legendary actress Meena Kumari's younger sister Madhu and becoming a father, he decided to act to earn a better living starting with a small break as a killer in the film CID. He started off by doing small, unnoticed roles in films like the peanut seller in Do Bigha Zameen and Pyaasa. He later went on to act in lead roles, but he was appreciated for his comedy, some of which was in the Hyderabad region's Urdu accent.
Towards the end of the 70s, Mehmood's popularity began to decline as other comedy actors like Jagdeep, Asrani, Paintal, Deven Verma and Kader Khan shot to prominence. Between 1989 and 1999, he made a handful of movies, but most of them were either shelved or made no impression. He acted as Johnny in Rajkumar Santoshi's Andaz Apna Apna – his last known film as an actor.
On 23 July 2004, Mehmood died in his sleep in the American state of Pennsylvania, where he had travelled to for treatment of cardiovascular heart disease after suffering from poor health over several years. His fans were able to pay homage to him at Mehboob Studio in Bandra, Mumbai.
One of his sons, Lucky Ali (Maqsood Ali), is a singer and composer who has also appeared on film.
He is one of the most respected and loved entertainers in the Indian film fraternity. A performer of such caliber that leading men back in the day used to reject films because their presence used to diminish in films if they starred with Mehmood.
He was the one who introduced Amitabh Bachchan into the commercial cinema space. He also gave a break to the music director R. D. Burman his first independent film as music director, Chhote Nawab and Rajesh Roshan with his own production Kunwara Baap (1974 film).
|1959||Qaidi No. 911||Anand|
|1959||Kaagaz Ke Phool|
|1959||Chhoti Bahen||Mahesh||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor [Nominated]|
|1960||Miya Bibi Razi|
|1962||Sasural||Mahesh||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor [Nominated]|
|1963||Rakhi||Kasturi||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor [Nominated]|
|1963||Dil Tera Diwana||Anokhe||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1963||Ghar Basake Dekho||Sunder||Nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.|
|1963||Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye|
|1964||Shabnam||Khan Mustafa/ Zingarro|
|1964||Sanjh Aur Savera||Prakash|
|1965||Johar-Mehmood in Goa||Rahim Mohammad Salauddin||with I.S. Johar|
|1965||Bhoot Bungla||Mohan Kumar||Produced and directed by Mehmood|
|1966||Pyar Kiye Ja||Atmaram||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role|
|1966||Love in Tokyo||Mahesh||with Shobha Khote|
|1966||Gumnaam||Butler||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated|
|1967||Gunahon Ka Devta|
|1967||Patthar ke Sanam||Haria 'Rajendra Kumar|
|1968||Padosan||Master Pillai||with Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu and Kishore Kumar. Mehmood jointly produced this film with N. C. Sippy|
|1968||Do Phool||Pavitra Kumar Rai "Puttan"/ Mani|
|1969||Neel Kamal||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]|
|1969||Sadhu Aur Shaitaan||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated|
|1969||Waaris||CID Inspector Rajan /Ram Kumar #3 & his mother (Dual role)||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role|
|1970||Humjoli||Shivram, Balram and as Parshuram (triple role)||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated|
|1970||Meri Bhabhi||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated|
|1970||Mastana||Satya||Credit as Mahmood|
|1971||Main Sunder Hoon||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated|
|1971||Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong||with I. S. Johar|
|1972||Paras||Munna Sarkar||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role|
|1972||Bombay to Goa||Khanna /Bus Conductor||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]|
|1973||Do Phool||Pavitra Kumar Rai "Puttan"/ Mani||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role [Nominated]|
|1974||Kunwara Baap||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated|
|1975||Duniya Ka Mela||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated|
|1975||Wardaan||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role|
|1976||Ginny Aur Johnny|
|1976||Jai Bajrang Bali||Shakun|
|1976||Sabse Bada Rupaiya||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated|
|1975||Qaid||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated|
|1977||Thief of Baghdad|
|1977||Aafat||Mahesh||with Navin Nischol, Leena Chandavarkar|
|1978||Ek Baap Chhe Bete||Mahesh|
|1980||Nauker||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated|
|1982||Khud-Daar||Jaggan||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated|
|1986||Ladies Hostel||Mahesh Bhatta||Kannada film with B. Sarojadevi in lead role|
|1994||Andaz Apna Apna||Johnny from Wah-Wah Productions|
|1996||Dushman Duniya Ka||Bakrewale Baba|
- "Indian comedian Mehmood dead". Daily Times. 24 July 2004. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
- Mumbai bids emotional farewell to Mehmood The Times of India, 28 July 2004.
- "The Nominations-1963". filmfareawards.indiatimes.com. Times Internet Ltd. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015.