Legends Never Die


Mehmood AliWhat is it with bollywood these days? Apart from the changing trend in the movies, there are some other things changing as well.
We have lost some of the few great legends of the film industry in the past two months. First we witnessed the loss of a brilliant producer, Yash Johar, who died on June 26 of this year. “He was my 'Tom Uncle'. I gave him that name after the popular American classic Uncle Tom's Cabin, five or six years ago. Thereafter, the entire film industry started calling Yash Johar by that name,” said Shahrukh Khan. The industry has...
...lost a fantastic producer who will always be remembered. Some of his notable works as a producer are Dostana(1980), Agneepath(1990), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai(1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham(2001) and Kal Ho Na Ho(2003).

Soon after Johar’s death bollywood witnessed another sad incident, which was the death of one of the finest comedians of the tinsel town, Mehmood Ali. He died, in his sleep, on July 23 in Pennsylvania, USA. “With the death of Mehmood, a chapter has been closed. He cannot be replaced. He made everyone laugh right till the end,” said Jonny Lever remembering the legend and his great work. Ali’s few noteworthy performances were in Padosan(1968), Bombay to Goa(1972) and Kunwaara Baap(1974).

Only six days after Ali’s death we experienced the sad demise of Nafisa Joseph on July 29. She committed suicide at her residence in Versova, Mumbai for which her fiancé, Gautam Khanduja, is being blamed. Joseph won the Miss India title in 1997, worked as a model and was even occupied with activities associated with animal rights. She seemed to be depressed after Khanduja broke the marriage and this is suspected as the reason to her suicide. “Some models try to do a little extra for you to get more work in future, some are extra bubbly. None of that with her. She was always very confident, quiet and very calm,” recollected designer Rina Dhaka. Joseph was also a VJ for MTV and even hosted a few shows. In addition to that, she bagged a role in a movie too.

On August 4, the husband of renowned actress of yesteryears, Nutan, was killed in a fire that broke out in a building in Mumbai. Mohnish Behl’s father, Rajneesh Behl’s body was found burnt about four hours after the fire broke out.

With all the sad news for bollywood, our lives go on as we look forward to new movies every week but let’s take a few moments to remember these great people who have contributed a lot to the film industry for our entertainment. Legends come and go but their memories will always stay alive in our hearts because legends never die.