Happy Birthday Manmohan Desai: Superstar ‘Amitabh Bachchan’ whose director could not avoid


New Delhi Happy Birthday Manmohan Desai: Manmohan Desai is one of the directors who gave a new dimension to Indian cinema. He also molded Amitabh Bachchan, who was called the ‘great hero of the century’, into his flavor. If Prakash Mehra made Amitabh the ‘angry young man’, then Manmohan Desai made him ‘Big B’. He has an outstanding contribution to Amitabh Bachchan’s film career. Amitabh himself has said so many times. Today i.e. 26 February is the birthday of this director.

Manmohan Desai was born on 26 February 1937 in Mumbai. He not only carried forward his father’s legacy, but also elevated it to a magnificent summit. In the year 1960, he started his film career with ‘Chhaliya’ and gave many great films. ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Parvarish’, ‘Suhag’, ‘Naseeb’, ‘Desh Lover’, ‘Coolie’, ‘Mard’, ‘Ganga Jamuna Saraswati’ and ‘Tufan’ are films in which he cast Amitabh .

Amitabh once told an anecdote remembering Manmohan Desai. He told how his words had to be heard. Amitabh told that those days I was doing films of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Manmohan Desai together. There was a shot in a film, in which I had to go to the temple and touch the feet of the idol of God and come back. Because it was a temple, I approached the temple with great respect. Bowed down and bowed. Then Manmohan Desai said cut-off. I asked what happened Manmohan Dada. So he said – this is not a Bengali picture. This is a picture of Manmohan Desai. Quickly touch the feet and come back. I do not have that much time. ‘

Manmohan Desai worked not only with Amitabh Bachchan, but also with actors like Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor. He gave films like ‘Rajkumar’, ‘Badtamiz’ and ‘Bluffmaster’. He also worked with his era superstar Rajesh Khanna. Along with Rajesh, Manmohan Desai made successful films like ‘Sacha Liar’ and ‘Roti’. Manmohan Desai is one of the directors who are still Milesstone for Indian cinema.


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