Friday, August 7, 2015

Prem Nath

Prem Nath Malhotra was a popular Bollywood actor who acted in large number of films for a long span of about four decades and appeared in main roles,supporting roles,villain roles and character roles.One of the famous Bollywood heroine Bina Rai was his wife.He started a film production company along with Bina Rai in the name 'P.N.Films'.He was also the director of two well noted films. 
Prem Nath was born on 21st November 1926 at Peshawar and after partition his family moved to Jabalpur,Madhya Pradesh while he shifted to Bombay where he started his career as a film actor.
His debut film was 'Ajit' in 1948 which was one of the earliest color film and he acted opposite Monica in it.In the same year he was given a major role in the directorial debut film of Raj Kapoor 'Aag'.Raj Kapoor cast him in his film 'Barsaat' the next year in 1949 also.
In 1952 Dilip Kumar,Nimmi,Prem Nath and Nadira were the main actors of 'Aan' India's first technicolor film which was produced and directed by Mehboob Khan.It was the highest grosser of that year.
He was the hero of the film 'Badal' in which Madhubala,Purnima,Agha etc acted along with him.
In 1953 Prem Nath and Bina Rai fell in love during the filming of 'Aurat' and they got married.In the film 'Aurat' which was directed by bhagwandas Varma Prem Nath,Bina Rai and Purnima were the main actors.
Prem Nath and Bina Rai paired in films such as 'Shagufa', 'Prisoner of Golconda' , 'Hamara Watan' , and 'Samunder' but none of them became big hits.But many other films in which he acted opposite other heroines were hits and many films were hits and super hits in which he acted in supporting roles, villain roles etc.
In 1953 he acted in the film 'Mehman' in which Nimmi was his pair.

'Prisoner of Golconda' was directed by Prem Nath himself in which he and Bina Rai paired.
'Samunder' was the only film produced by P.N.Productions, and it wasdirected by Prem Nath and acted together with Bina Rai in 1957.
Shakeela was his pair in the film 'Gambler' which was directed by Dwarka Khosle in 1960.
In the film 'Rustom Sohrab' of 1963 he acted in the main title role as 'Sohrab' in whic suraiya was the heroine.Pritviraj Kapoor,Mumtaz,Sajjan etc acted alog with them.
He acted along with Shammi Kapoor,Asha Parekh,Prem Chopra,Helen etc in the super hit film 'Teesri Manzil' produced by Nassir Hussain and directed by Vijay Anand.
In the blockbuster film 'Bobby'(73) he acted as'Jack Braganza'  the father of 'Bobby Braganza'  and the character was  as  a  poor Goan  fisherman.
His character was well appreciated in the film 'Amar Garib' in which he acted along with Dev Anand and Hema Malini.
In the blockbuster film 'Roti Kapda aur Makaan' he acted along with Manoj Kumar,Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan,Zeenat Aman etc.
'Kalicharan' was a hit film in which he acted along with Shatrughan Sinha and Reen Roy which was directed by Subhash Ghai.
In the film 'Desh Premee' he acted along with Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore,Hema Malini,Parveen Babi etc.
His last appearance was in the film 'Hum Dono' in the year 1985 and he retired from acting.
Prem Nath passed away in 1992 on 3rd November due to heart attack.
Selected Filmography
Hindustan Hamara
Apna Ghar
Shaheed Bhagat Singh
Pyar Mohabbat
Teesri Manzil
Bahron ke Sapne
Gora Aur Kala
Johny Mera Naam
Tere Mere Sapne
Raja Jani
Rani Mera Naam
Amir Garib
Ishq Ishq Ishq
Roti Kapda aur Makaan
Dharam Karam
Dus Numbri
Jai Bajrang Bali
Shirdi Ke Saibaba
Sat Sri Akal
Lok Parlok
Jaani Dushman
Guest House
Desh Premee
Hum Dono

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