Prem Nath

Premnath Malhotra (21 November 1926 – 3 November 1992), better known as Prem Nath, was an Indian actor and director, who was best known for his works in Hindi films. Nath made his debut with the film Ajit (1948), and went on to appear in over 100 films throughout his career. He was nominated for three Filmfare Awards, and later retired in 1985. In 1992, Nath died from a heart attack.

Prem Nath
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Born
Premnath Malhotra

(1926-11-21)21 November 1926
Died3 November 1992(1992-11-03) (aged 65)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India (present-day Mumbai)
OccupationActor, Director
Years active1947–1990
Spouse(s)Bina Rai
ChildrenPrem Krishen
Kailash Nath (Monty)
RelativesRajendra Nath (Brother)
Narendra Nath (Brother)
Krishna Kapoor (Sister)
Uma Chopra (Sister)
Raj Kapoor (Brother-in-law)
Prem Chopra (Brother-in-law)

Personal lifeEdit

He was born in 1926 in the Karimpura locality near Ghanta Ghar in Peshawar. His family moved to Jubbulpore (present-day Jabalpur) after partition and he moved to Bombay where he was discovered as an actor.

He fell in love with actress Bina Rai during the filming of Aurat. They married and formed a production company together called P.N. films.[1] Their children are actor Prem Krishen and Kailash Nath (Monty). They are also the grandparents of actress Akanksha Malhotra and director Siddharth Malhotra who are Prem Krishen's children. Adiraj Malhotra and Arjun Malhotra are the sons of Kailash Nath. His sister Krishna married Raj Kapoor while his other sister Uma was married to veteran Hindi Film actor Prem Chopra. His brothers Rajendra Nath and Narendra Nath were also actors who mostly appeared in comic and supporting roles. He was also a close friend of the actress Asha Parekh. He died of a heart attack in 1992 at the age of 65, just 18 days before his 66th birthday.

CareerEdit

 
Prem Nath (right) with actor Prem Chopra (left)

Premnath made his film debut in Ajit (1948), opposite Monica Desai, which was one of the first colour films.[2] He got major roles in Raj Kapoor's first directorial film Aag, and Barsaat (1949) which was his first major success. In 1951, Nath starred in Badal opposite Madhubala, which was a big box office success. Premnath went on to appear in many films for the next three decades, some of which were the biggest blockbusters in Indian film history. The films in which he played the leading role failed to do well, but the films in which he played the central villain role or supporting role were some of the biggest blockbusters in Indian film history.

Some his most notable films were Aan (1952), Teesri Manzil (1966), Johny Mera Naam (1970), Tere Mere Sapne (1971), Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974), Dharmatma (1975), Kalicharan (1976) and Desh Premee (1982). He also starred in the religious Punjabi film Sat Sri Akal (1977). He earned Filmfare nominations as Best Supporting Actor for: Shor (1972), Bobby (1973), Amir Garib (1974) and Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974).[3]

Apart from Hindi films, he also appeared in an episode of the American television series Maya in 1967 and a 1969 American film titled Kenner opposite former American football player turned actor Jim Brown. He starred in a number of Punjabi films such as Sat Sri Akal (1977). He also directed the film Samundar (1957) for his home production house P. N. films, which was its only production. His last film appearance was in Hum Dono (1985) after which he retired from acting.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Acting filmography
Year Title Role Notes
1947 Daulat Ke Liye
1948 Aag Rajan
1948 Ajit
1949 Barsaat Gopal
1950 Hindustan Hamara Documentary
1951 Awaara Cameo Appearance, in song "naiyya teri majhdhar..", Uncredited
1951 Sagai Captain Prem
1951 Naujawan Raju
1951 Do Sitare
1951 Buzdil
1951 Badal Badal
1952 Aaram Kumar
1952 Aan Shamsher Singh
1952 Saqi Ajeeb
1952 Parbat
1952 Anjaam
1953 Shagufa
1953 Mehmaan
1953 Dard-E-Dil
1953 Aurat Adil
1954 Prisoner of Golconda
1955 Aab-e-hayat Jalal
1956 Hamara Watan
1957 Samunder
1957 Chengeez Khan Sheru
1958 Son of Sinbad
1958 Chaubees Ghante
1959 Jagir
1959 Forty Days Shankarlal Saxena
1959 Bus conductor
1960 Qatil
1960 Gambler
1960 Dr. Shaitan
1960 Apna Ghar
1961 Sara Jahan Hamara
1962 Pathan
1963 Shaheed Bhagat Singh
1964 Main Jatti Punjab Di
1965 Jaya
1965 Sikandar-e-Azam Chirag
1966 Sher E Afghan
1966 Amrapali Magadh Senpati Veer
1966 Teesri Manzil Kunwer
1966 Pyar Mohabbat Senapati Uday Kumar Singh
1967 Mera Bhai Mera Dushman Prem
1967 Rustam Sohrab Rustam Sohrab
1967 Baharon Ke Sapne Mr. Kapoor
1968 Kenner Sandy American film
1968 Balram Shri Krishna Arjun
1969 Kamasutra - Vollendung der Liebe
1969 Sati Sulochana Ravanputra Meghnath / Indrajeet
1969 Mahua Rajkumar
1970 Ilzam Ajit
1970 Johny Mera Naam Ranjit / Rai Saab Bhupendra Singh
1970 The Evil Within Krishna
1970 Pushpanjali Peter D'Costa
1971 Tere Mere Sapne Seth Madhochand
1972 Wafaa Barrister
1972 Shor Khan Badshah Nominated for 1972 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[3]
1972 Rani Mera Naam
1972 Raja Jani Diwan Gajendra Singh
1972 Mom Ki Gudiya Vakil Uncle
1972 Gora Aur Kala Prithvi Singh
1972 Do Bachche Dus Haath Captain Saab
1972 Be-Imaan DIG Gopal Das
1973 Sherni
1973 Loafer Villain
1973 Chhupa Rustam Williams
1973 Bobby Jack Braganza Nominated for 1973 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[3]
1973 Nafrat CBI Inspector Kumar
1974 Amir Garib Daulatram Nominated for 1974 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[3]
1974 Roti Kapda Aur Makaan Harnam Singh Nominated for 1974 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[3]
1974 Raja Kaka Jagmohan
1974 Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye Mangal Singh
1974 Ishk Ishk Ishk Pahar
1974 Chattan Singh Chattaan Singh / Sher Singh
1975 Dharmatma Dharamdas 'Dharmatma'
1975 Dharam Karam Shankar Dada
1975 Sanyasi Mangal Singh
1975 Rani Aur Lalpari Yamraj
1975 Mounto Boss
1975 Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty Imandar Pauwala
1975 Dafaa 302
1976 Zid
1976 Nagin Sapera
1976 Kalicharan IG P.N. Khanna
1976 Dus Numbri Inspector Jaichan
1976 Janeman Ram Bharose
1976 Jai Bajrang Bali Lankeshwar Shri Ravan
1976 Bajrangbali Lankeshwar Shri Ravan
1976 Kabeela Sardar Babbar
1976 Nehle pe Dehla General
1976 Aap Beati Bajrang Bahadur
1977 Yaaron Ka Yaar Natthu
1977 The Little Gospel of St. Thomas
1977 Jadu Tona
1977 Darinda YogiRaj
1977 Videsh Swami Prem Baba / Girdharilal Kapoor
1977 Thief of Baghdad Abu Jangar
1977 Shirdi Ke Sai Baba Som Dev
1977 Sat Sri Akal Punjabi Film
1977 Gyaniji
1977 Farishta Ya Qatil
1977 Do Chehere Qawaali Singer / INSP
1977 Chandi Sona Lord Mayor Jojo
1977 Chala Murari Hero Banne Himself
1978 Rahu Ketu Collector Rahu Nath
1978 Vishwanath GNK
1978 Shalimar Raja Bahadur Singh
1978 Kaala Aadmi
1978 Heeralal Pannalal Inspector Premlal
1978 Bhagyalaxmi
1979 Gautam Govinda Dharamdutt
1979 Muqabla Police inspector
1979 Magroor Mamaji
1979 Dhongee Mr. John Lord / Gurkha Bahadur
1979 Jaani Dushman Pujari
1979 Lok Parlok Yamraaj
1979 Ahinsa
1980 Dhan Daulat Mangat
1980 Karz Sir Judah
1980 Suniyasi
1981 Sangdil
1981 Krodhi Jagira
1982 Eent Ka Jawab Patthar SevakRam
1982 Desh Premee Puthu Anna
1983 Farz Ki Keemat
1984 The Gold Medal Thakur Ranvir Singh
1985 Hum Dono Lata's father (final film role)
1990 Kishen Kanhaiya Deulatram (archive footage)
Directed films
  • Samundar (1957), only film for P. N. Films, home production.

TV seriesEdit

  • Maya TV series (1 episode, 1967)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Filmfare AwardsEdit

Nominations

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum - Article". Archived from the original on 20 May 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  2. ^ Bina Rai: The good old days Archived 27 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine Screen.
  3. ^ a b c d e "1st Filmfare Awards 1953" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 June 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2008.

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