Mehmood Ali was an Indian actor, director, producer and singer and is best remembered for playing comic roles in Hindi cinema. He worked in over 300 Hindi films, during his career of more than four decades. He started his journey as a child artist in the movie Kismet and before he began to work in the Hindi film industry, he had done several small jobs like driving and cleaning. Mehmood was first married to Madhu Ali and the couple had four children. Later, he married Nancy Kroll with whom he had three children. Mehmood’s last film as an actor was Rajkumar Santoshi's Andaz Apna Apna. Mehmood breathed his last on 23 July 2004 in Pennsylvania, US.
Mehmood Ali better known as Mehmood was born on 29th September 1932 in Mumbai to Mumtaz Ali, and Latifunnisa Ali. His father was a popular film actor and dancer from 1940 to 1950 in the Hindi film Industry. Mehmood had six younger siblings and an elder sister. His sister Malikunnisa Ali (Minoo Mumtaz) was also a dancer and a character artist in Hindi movies and his brother Anwar Ali was also a Hindi film actor.
Mehmood was married to Madhu, sister of Meena Kumari and the couple had four children including Bollywood actor and singer Lucky Ali (Maqsood Mehmood Ali), Masood Ali, Maqdoom Ali and Masoom Ali. He later divorced Madhu and married Nancy Kroll (Tracy Ali) and with her he had three children two sons Manzoor Ali and Mansoor Ali and daughter Ginny Ali.
Mehmood began his acting career with Bombay Talkies film – Kismet, as a child actor prior to which he had done several small jobs like selling poultry, cleaning and driving. He worked as a table tennis teacher to Meena Kumari and as a driver to Rajkumar Santoshi, son of director P. L. Santoshi. After his marriage to Madhu, he decided to take acting as his career seriously. He began with small roles in movies like CID, Pyaasa and Do Bigha Zameen. Mehmood was mostly appreciated for his comedy and some of his movies are Nastik (1954), Manzil (1960), Gumnaam (1965), Johar-Mehmood in Goa (1965), Patthar ke Sanam (1967), Padosan (1968), Aankhen (1968), Neel Kamal (1968), Bombay to Goa (1972), Kunwaara Baap (1974) and Andaz Apna Apna (1994). Mehmood's popularity began to decline towards the end of the 70s and from 1989 to 1999 he made a handful of movies. Rajkumar Santoshi's Andaz Apna Apna in 1994 was his last movie as a hero.
Mehmood is still remembered for some of his famous songs like 'Aao Twist Karen' from Bhoot Bangla, 'Ek Chatur Naar' from film Padosan, 'Hum Kaale Hai Toh Kyaa Huaa Dilwaale Hain' from Gumnaam , and 'Yeh Do Deewane Dil Ke' from Johar Mehmood in Goa.
Ill Health and Death:
Mehmood was suffering from poor health for several years and he visited Pennsylvania in 2004 for the treatment of his heart disease. Mehmood died in his sleep on 23rd July 2004 in Pennsylvania, US. His fans, friends and family members paid homage to Mehmood at Mehboob Studio in Bandra, Mumbai.
Awards and Recognition:
Mehmood received the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Dil Tera Diwana in 1963 and also won the Best Comedian for the films like Pyar Kiye Jaa in 1967, Waris in 1970 and Vardaan in 1975. He was also nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian in several films like Love in Tokyo, Neel Kamal, Humjoli, Main Sunder Hoon, Duniya Ka Mela, Kunwara Baap and Qaid.
Children: Lucky Ali, Manzoor Ali, Masood Ali, Mansoor Ali, Maqdoom Ali, Masoom Ali
Siblings: Minoo Mumtaz, Anwar Ali, Usman Ali
Wife: Nancy Kroll (Tracy Ali)
Daughter: Ginny Ali
Daughter-in-law: Kate Hallam
Grandchildren: Dani Ali
(FAN OF Mr. MEHMOOD ALI)
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