Mehboob Khan

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Date of Birth : 1907
Date of Death : 28 May 1964,

Mini Biography :
Mehboob Khan was born Ramjan Khan in Bilimoria, Gujurat. He ran away from home to work small jobs in the studios of Bombay. He played bit parts and supporting characters before directing his first film, Judgement of Allah (1935). Directorial features like Aurat followed, with the studios Sagar Movietone and National Studios. In 1945, Khan left set up his own production house, Mehboob Productions.

Throughout his career, Khan produced and directed many blockbuster films, the most notable being the romantic drama Andaz (1949), the swashbuckling Aan (1951), the dramatic Amar and the social epic Mother India (1957), the latter of which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1957 He has directed 21 other films dating from the late 1930s. His earlier works were in Urdu, but his later material, including Mother India, were in Hindi. His last film as a director was the 1962 film Son of India. He died two years later at the age of 57.

Khan was known for have been influenced by Hollywood films and often his films featured lavish sets in the style of the the Hollywood era at that time. The oppression of the poor, class warfare and rural life are recurring themes in his work. He was the adopted father of Sajid Khan who had appeared in his last two films Mother India and Son of India.


Filmography :

As Director :

  1. Son of India (1962)
  2. A Handful of Grain (1959)
  3. Mother India (1957) (as Mehboob)
  4. Amar (1954)
  5. Aan (1952)
  6. Andaz (1949)
  7. Anokhi Ada (1948)
  8. Elaan (1947)
  9. Anmol Ghadi (1946)
  10. Humayun (1945)
  11. Najma (1943)
  12. Taqdeer (1943)
  13. Huma Gun Anmogaldi (1942)
  14. Roti (1942)
  15. Bahen (1941)
  16. Alibaba (1940/I)
  17. Alibaba (1940/II)
  18. Aurat (1940) (as Mehboob)
  19. Ek Hi Raasta (1939)
  20. Hum Tum Aur Woh (1938)
  21. Watan (1938)
  22. Jagirdar (1937)
  23. Deccan Queen (1936)
  24. Manmohan (1936)
  25. Judgement of Allah (1935)

As Producer :

  1. Amar (1954) (producer)
  2. Aan (1952) (producer)
  3. Anokhi Ada (1948) (producer)
  4. Anmol Ghadi (1946) (producer)
  5. Humayun (1945) (producer)

As writer :

  1. Watan (1938) (story)
  2. Judgement of Allah (1935) (screenplay) (story)

As Actor :

1. Dilawar (1931)
2. Meri Jaan (1931)

Nomination And Awards
Filmfare Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1958 Won Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Mother India (1957)

Best Film
for: Mother India (1957)

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