(, 13 July 1939 – 17 May 2009) was a legendary Hindi
film producer and director.
Born on 13 July 1939 at Bijnor
, Uttar Pradesh
, Mehra started in the late 1950s as a production
controller. In 1968, he directed Shashi Kapoor
who played a double role in Haseena Maan Jayegi
. This was followed by the 1971 hit Mela
starring the Khan brothers (Feroz Khan
and Sanjay Khan
) together. In 1973, he produced and directed Zanjeer
. This mega blockbuster with Amitabh Bachchan
started a relationship that spanned 7 more films, 6 being huge blockbusters (Khoon Pasina, Hera Pheri, Muqaddar ka Sikander, Laawaris, Namak Halal, Sharaabi, Jaadugar). It also launched the career of Bachchan (along with Mehra), as a top director/actor duo, spanning 2 decades of collaboration.
Prakash Mehra also directed & produced Zindagi Ek Jua
with actor Anil Kapoor
in 1991, which was not a commercial success. In 1996, he introduced veteran actor Raaj Kumar
's son Puru Raajkumar
in Bal Brahmachari
which was also unsuccessful. This was the last film he directed. He also produced the movie Dalaal
with Mithun Chakraborthy, in the mid-90s, which was a box-office moneymaker. Mehra received a lifetime achievement award from the India Motion Picture Directors Association (IMPDA) in 2006. He also received Lifetime Achievement as Producer from IMPPA (Indian Motion Picture Producers Association) on 19 September 2008.
Prakash Mehra was one of the first Bombay directors to try venture into......