Nasir Hussain was a well known Indian producer and director who lived between 1931 and 2002. He was born in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh on Feb 3. Nasir Hussain had received a number of awards in his career as a producer and director. They are:
1988 Filmfare Best Screenplay - Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
1992 Filmfare Best Film - Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
1996 Filmfare Special Award
Like most of the Bollywood Producers, Nasir Hussain had to start from the scratch. After working with AR Kardar, he joined Filmistan in 1948 as a writer. Some of the famed films he has written for Filmistan are Munimji (1955), Anarkali (1953) and Paying Guest (1957). Sashadhar Mukherjee was a part of the team that broke away from Bombay Talkies and formed Filmistan. He gave Nasir Tumsa Nahin Dekha to direct. The film also made a star out of Shammi Kapoor. Nasir Hussain`s second hit with Shammi Kapoor was Dil Deke Dekho (1959) for Filmalaya, the breakaway branch of Filmistan. It introduced Asha Parekh who played the lead in Hussain`s films until Caravan (1971). Rumors hinted at an affair between Nasir and her as Asha never married.
The man also made a foray into Hindi films with Nasir Hussain Films as producer-director and delivered movies like:
Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai 1961
Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon 1963
Teesri Manzil 1966
Baharon Ke Sapne 1967
Pyar Ka Mausam 1969
Yaadon Ki Baraat 1973
Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin 1977
Nasir Hussain, Majrooh Sultanpuri and RD Burman made memorable music in films like Pyar Ka Mausam, Teesri Manzil, Yaadon Ki Baraat, Caravan and Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin.
The productions that were undertaken post 1980 were not successful. These include Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981), Manzil Manzil (1984) and Zabardast (1985).
Mansoor Khan, Nasir`s son, took over the reigns of Nasir Hussain Films. However, Hussain continued to pen dialogues for Mansoor`s films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992).
Mentor Sashadhar Mukherjee
Sashadhar`s brother, Subodh Mukherjee
Sashadhar`s son Joy Mukherjee
Writer Sachin Bhowmick, comedian Wasti, editors Babu Lavande and Gurudutt Shirali
Nasir Hussain breathed his last in Mumbai on March 13, 2002 after a heart attack. Asha Parekh had not seen him during the last years of his life, as he became reclusive after his wife`s demise.
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