June 24th, 2011

Nasir Khan – Profile

Nasir Khan

Nasir Khan

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Dilip Kumar’s younger brother Nasir Khan will always be remembered as the leading man of Pakistan’s maiden production Teri Yaad (1948). Nasir Khan started his career in 1945 with Filmistan’s Mazdoor (1945). His next film Shehnai (1947) opposite Rehana was a hit and is still remembered for C. Ramchandra’s songs especially Mar katari mar jana (sung by Amirbai Karnataki) and Aana meri jaan meri jaan Sunday kai Sunday (sung by C. Ramchandra, Shamshad Begum and Meena Kapoor).

He shifted to Lahore at the time of partition and appeared in two Pakistani films i.e. Teri Yaad (1948) and Shahida (1949). Teri Yaad with Asha Posley was Pakistan’s first released film. It flopped because it was lacking in production quality and that along with Jinnah’s death soon after contributed to its failure. Deewan Sardari Lal’s Shahida, Nasir Khan’s second Pakistani film in which he starred with Shamim, best remembered for her role in Kishore Sahu’s family drama Sindoor also failed to click. Disheartened, Nasir found it hard to support himself and sought help from his brother Yusuf Khan, alias Dilip Kumar, the emerging matinee idol of Indian cinema. Under the banner of Best Pictures, Nasir Khan distributed four films from Bombay – India to Pakistan, including Mela, a Nargis-Dilip blockbuster by film maker S.U. Sunny, featuring some of Naushad’s most enchanting musical compositions. Overwhelmed by his sudden wealth Nasir then became involved in a love affair with a girl belonging to a feudal Punjabi family. As a result of this imbroglio he had to leave the country. He returned to Bombay, but not before having his name recorded in the history of Pakistani cinema as the hero of its maiden film.

After returning to India, Nasir resumed his career in 1951 and appeared in 6 Hindi films including Khazana, Nagina, Nakhare, Nazneen Phoolon Ke Haar and Saudagar. Of these special mention must be made of Nagina, a mystery-thriller where he appeared opposite Nutan. Nagina was issued an Adults only certificate and is still remembered for its haunting melodies sung by C.H. Atma and Lata Mangeshkar.

Later, Nasir Khan appeared with many top Indian heroines including Suraiya (Lal Kunwar), Nargis (Angarey), Meena Kumari (Daera) and made somewhat successful team with Nutan (Nagina, Aagosh and Shisham), but he never achieved the success his brother Dilip Kumar did because of his limited acting abilities and wooden expressions.

He married the sensual Indian beauty and his co-star in 3 films i.e. Begum Para. Nasir Khan most memorable film was perhaps the hugely successful Ganga Jamuna (1961) where he was cast opposite his own brother Dilip Kumar. The film was a story of two bothers on opposite sides of the law, Ganga (Dilip Kumar) and Jamuna (Nasir Khan).

According to his wife Begum Para, Nasir developed this physical condition, where he began to lose all his hair and eyebrows prematurely. He really lost out on his career because of that. During the making of Ganga Jamuna, he wore a wig and got away with it. So he concentrated all his efforts on making films.

He died on 3rd May, 1974. His last film Bairaag (1976) was released after his death.

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