Amitabh Bachchan recalls memories of Prakash Mehra

May 19th, 2009 - 11:56 am ICT by Sampurn Wire  

Amitabh Bachchan recalls memories of Prakash Mehra Filmmaker Prakash Mehra passed away on Sunday May 17th morning in Mumbai. Credited for giving Amitabh Bachchan his angry young man image, Mehra’s association went him lasted for many years giving audience many memorable super hits. Bachchan came along with son Abhishek at Mehra’s funeral at the Oshiwara crematorium on Monday May 18th noon.

Remembering Prakash Mehra, Amitabh expressed his thoughts. “A long fruitful and incredible period of his remarkable films that he did with me, flashed past. His first meeting with me was at RajKamal studio where he had come to cast me in Zanjeer in 1971 right through to the mid 80’s, year after year of unbelievable successes - Zanzeer, Hera Pheri, Khoon Paseena, Lawaris, Muquaddar ka Sikander, Sharabi, Namak Hallal. What a huge bank of amazing films, right down to his last with me, Jaadugar. The only one that did not work. I still remember his phone call to me in Bangalore after the release. “Lalla’, as he endearingly called me”gadbad ho gayee hai!’ he said. Things have gone wrong. Honest and straight. He had always maintained that the day I cannot make a successful film with you I shall stop working with you. He never did anything after Jaadugar.

A simple man who had the capacity to narrate great stories through the medium of cinema in the most simple manner. No fuss, no calisthenics. Just very ordinary camera placements and extraordinary content. A writer, a lyricist, a musician, he added all these qualities to his creativity behind the camera and gave me some of my most challenging roles. Never rewarded by any institution. And never sought one either. His films have lived out longer than him. A true mark of excellence. The music he gave to his films still ring in the hearts and ears of each generation that came after him. The performances he extracted from his artists were never ever considered for any recognition. It never bothered him. Critics panned his films and the greater the criticism the longer became their duration, at the box office.

“Unko likhne do woh, jo bhi likh rahe hain, aur jahan bhi likh rahe hain. Main jaanta hun main unhe kahan likh raha hoon’, he would often retort.

A friend and a colleague, gone forever.” Bachchan states in his blog.Filmmaker Prakash Mehra passed away on Sunday May 17th morning in Mumbai. Credited for giving Amitabh Bachchan his angry young man image, Mehra’s association went him lasted for many years giving audience many memorable super hits. Bachchan came along with son Abhishek at Mehra’s funeral at the Oshiwara crematorium on Monday May 18th noon.

Remembering Prakash Mehra, Amitabh expressed his thoughts. “A long fruitful and incredible period of his remarkable films that he did with me, flashed past. His first meeting with me was at RajKamal studio where he had come to cast me in Zanjeer in 1971 right through to the mid 80’s, year after year of unbelievable successes - Zanzeer, Hera Pheri, Khoon Paseena, Lawaris, Muquaddar ka Sikander, Sharabi, Namak Hallal. What a huge bank of amazing films, right down to his last with me, Jaadugar. The only one that did not work. I still remember his phone call to me in Bangalore after the release. “Lalla’, as he endearingly called me”gadbad ho gayee hai!’ he said. Things have gone wrong. Honest and straight. He had always maintained that the day I cannot make a successful film with you I shall stop working with you. He never did anything after Jaadugar.

A simple man who had the capacity to narrate great stories through the medium of cinema in the most simple manner. No fuss, no calisthenics. Just very ordinary camera placements and extraordinary content. A writer, a lyricist, a musician, he added all these qualities to his creativity behind the camera and gave me some of my most challenging roles. Never rewarded by any institution. And never sought one either. His films have lived out longer than him. A true mark of excellence. The music he gave to his films still ring in the hearts and ears of each generation that came after him. The performances he extracted from his artists were never ever considered for any recognition. It never bothered him. Critics panned his films and the greater the criticism the longer became their duration, at the box office.

“Unko likhne do woh, jo bhi likh rahe hain, aur jahan bhi likh rahe hain. Main jaanta hun main unhe kahan likh raha hoon’, he would often retort.

A friend and a colleague, gone forever.” Bachchan states in his blog.-Sampurn Media
Amitabh Bachchan recalls memories of Prakash Mehra

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