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Mumbai, July 24 (NNN): The burial of legendary bollywood comedian Mehmood Ali, who passed away at Pennsylvania (US) on Friday, is likely to be held on Wednesday at Bangalore, according to family sources here on Saturday.
"His body is expected to come by Tuesday evening. It will be kept at Mehboob Studio for a couple of hours on Wednesday to enable his fans to pay their last respects to the departed soul", they said.

The body of 72-year-old Mehmood, who died in his sleep, will be brought to Mumbai to his brother Usman Ali.

"We are planning to take his body later to Bangalore and bury him at his farmhouse", the sources said.

However, the burial plans would be finalised on Monday, they added.

The legendary comedian died in the United States early on Friday. The long-suffering actor was in Pennsylvania for medical treatment.

Son of Mumtaz Ali, a film and stage actor-cum-dancer, and brother of character-actress Minoo Mumtaz, Mehmood worked in more than 300 films in a career spanning almost three decades. His memorable films include Gumnaam, Bhoot Bangla, Padosan, Pyar Kiye Ja, Kunwara Baap, and Bombay To Goa.

As a director, his last film was Dushman Duniya Ka in 1996. The film, which introduced his son Manzoor Ali, had special appearances from Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. His second son of eight children, Maqsood 'Lucky' Ali is a well-known Hindi pop singer.

One of Hindi cinema's best-loved comedians, veteran actor, director and producer Mehmood, who brought joy and delight to more than one generation of cinegoers, will be best remembered for his comic performances, to which he brought his own brand of slapstick humour, his perfect sense of timing, his rib-tickling punchlines, his native wit and his deliberated accented drawl which delighted his fans.

Be it his memorable role as a music teacher in Padosan (1968) or a memorable role in Sadhu Aur Shaitan, also released the same year, Mehmood dominated commercial Hindi cinema during his peak years, to the extent that it was said that some lead actors were unwilling to act with him as he tended to overshadow them!

He will also be remembered for his roles in Humjoli, Bombay to Goa, Sangharsh, Kunwara Baap, Do Phool, Jinny and Johnny, Bhoot Bangla, Sabse Bada Rupaiya and many others.

He was among the rare few who even went to have films named after him - Johar Mehmood in Goa and Johar Mehmood in Hongkong.

An enterprising youngster, Mehmood began earning money from an early age by doing odd jobs. He sold poultry products and even taught table tennis to Meena Kumari.

After he married Meena Kumari's sister Madhu and sired a son, Masood, in the early 1950s, Mehmood felt a pressing need to supplement his meagre income.

Desperate, he began to accept bit roles in films. On hindsight, one recognises Mehmood in tiny roles in films like Do Bigha Zameen and Pyaasa, but in those days he went unnoticed .

A self-respecting man, he was keen to make a niche for himself without any help from his famous sister-in-law.

The son of actor-dancer, Mumtaj Ali, Mehmood began life in a humble way, driving cars for others, running errands for a few rupees before the spotlight hit him.

Mehmood started acting in the mid 1950s as a leading man, but he was more appreciated for his humorous asides. He acted in about 300 films, continuing to do so till the mid 1990s. A multi-faceted personality, he not just acted, directed and produced films, but also sang in some of them and even designed costumes when called upon to do so.

Mehmood's forte lay in his impeccable acting style that had blended humour with human sensitivity. An actor par excellence, he could move the audience to tears even through his humour as well demonstrated through his moving performance in Kunwara Baap.

His role as a bachelor-father left to fend for a polio-stricken boy through scenes laced with both humour and stark reality of 'life on crutches', saw his movie sending across a strong message on polio.

Mehmood's innate versatility came through in the hilarious comedy like Bombay to Goa, co-starring screen icon Amitabh Bachchan. Despite the towering figure of Amitabh, Mehmood held out on his own in the film as the good-hearted bus conductor interacting with bus commuters of various background and amidst a racy chase by villains behind a lone rich girl.

However, it was his box office hit Padosan where his portrayal of a south-Indian music teacher hired to teach the beautiful Saira Banu music classes saw him sharing the spotlight despite veterans like Kishore Kumar.

His other notable films include His son Lucky Ali aka Maqsoom Ali is also an actor and singer, who has found success of late in the mainstream film industry.

Mehmood enjoyed his first spin under the spotlight when he played Raj Kapoor's brother in Parvarish (1958) where he had a footage-heavy, emotional role.

Despite his sprightliness, Mehmood was not instantly categorised as a comedian. At the turn of the 1960s, Mehmood even played the hero in small films opposite starlets like Chitra, Naaz and Ameeta. Mehmood cast Ameeta as the heroine in his first production Chhote Nawab (1961), where he gave a break to his friend-cum-composer, R D Burman.

Mehmood's south Indian film phase began with the success of Chhoti Bahen (1959). Despite a peripheral role in this brother-sister weepie, Mehmood was flooded with films from down south, including Sasural, Hamrahi and Zindagi.

Sasural (1961), a three-hankie melodramatic mega-success, was Mehmood's big breakthrough film as a comedian. What's more, Sasural created one of the most successful comedy teams of the sixties -- Mehmood and Shubha Khote. The plump and genial Shubha went on to partner Mehmood in most of his mad capers till the mid-sixties -- including Grihasti, Bharosa, Ziddi and Love In Tokyo.

Mehmood and Shubha were even allotted several hit numbers of their own. At the insistence of distributors, a song picturised on Mehmood became a must in most films of the sixties. Manna Dey, a recognised classical singer, was singled out for singing many of Mehmood's naughty numbers.

In the mid-'60s, to further buttress an already growing career, Mehmood hit pay dirt with a sleeper hit, Johar Mehmood in Goa (1965), where he was not just a comedian, but also one of the main leads. Mehmood's no-holds-barred comedy provided the flint to I S Johar's subtle, cynical humour, and the sparks flew. But their later attempts at comedy, including Johar Mehmood In Hong Kong, could not recreate the same magic.

By the late sixties, he was heralded as the monarch of madness, with successes like Patthar Ke Sanam, Do Kaliyan, Neel Kamal, Aankhen and Aulaad releasing one after the other. Mehmood was a master at playing the hero's friend, who would help him out of sticky situations with his street-smart ways.

Unfortunately, his popularity, according to the grapevine, rankled the ruling heroes of the day. What further restricted Mehmood was his preference for playing central roles in early seventies films like Main Sundar Hoon, Lakhon Mein Ek, Mastana and Do Phool. As his career lost its early heat, Mehmood also resorted to producing his own films (Bombay To Goa, Kunwara Baap, Ginny Aur Johny) to stay in the limelight.

A magnanimous man, Mehmood promoted many talents like Amitabh Bachchan and Aruna Irani (he gave them lead roles in his rollicking road comedy, Bombay To Goa). The straight-faced, attractive Aruna (Aulad, Garam Masala, Naya Zamana) provided the ideal foil to his funny antics.

However, Mehmood was now overreaching himself. He overdid the glycerine act, while his comedy sometimes became off-puttingly lewd and loud. His breaking off with his pardner-in-laughs Aruna and the failure of his films gave anonymity an opportunity to engulf him in its clutches by the start of the eighties.

Mehmood's Landmark Movies:

Year Film Co-stars

1961 Sasural Shubha Khote 1965 Gumnaam Helen 1966 Pyar Kiye Jaa Mumtaz 1966 Love In Tokyo Shubha Khote 1967 Patthar Ke Sanam-- 1968 Padosan Sunil Dutt, Saira Banu, Kishore Kumar 1968 Aankhen-- 1970 Humjoli Aruna Irani 1971 Main Sundar Hoon Leena Chandavarkar 1974 Kunwara Baap--

* Mehmood's Famous Songs

Song Film Singer Mama o mamaParvarish(Manna Dey, Mohammed Rafi) Apni ulfat pe zamane ka na pehra hotaSasural(Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar) Woh din yaad karoHamrahi(Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar) Pyar ki aag mein tan badan jal gayaZiddi(Manna Dey) Aao twist kareBhoot Bangla(Manna Dey) Yeh do deewane dil keJohar Mehmood in Goa(Manna Dey, Mohammed Rafi) Hum kaale hai toh kya hua dilwaleGumnaam(Mehmood, Mohammed Rafi) O meri maina tu maanle mera kehnaPyar Kiye Jaa(Manna Dey, Usha Mangeshkar) Tujhko rakhe Ram tujhko Allah rakheAankhen(Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey) Jodi hamari jamega kaiseAulad(Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle) Ek chatur naarPadosan(Mehmood, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar) Yeh kaisa aaya zamanaHumjoli(Mehmood, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar) Muttu kullikaDo Phool(Mehmood, Asha Bhosle) Saj rahee galee meri ammaKunwara Baap(Mehmood, Mohammed Rafi) Famous for his fusillade of funny moments, two of Mehmood's most remembered roles were in Pyar Kiye Jaa (1966) and Padosan (1968).

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