Manmohan Desai

Date of Birth : 26 February 1936
Date of Death : 1 March 1994

Mini Biography :
His string of hits with Amitabh made him one of the golden directors who had a special working relationship with Amitabh Bachchan (Yash Chopra and Prakash Mehra being the other two). He started direction with the 1960 Raj Kapoor starrer Chhalia. In 1970 he directed the Rajesh Khanna hit Sachaa Jhutha. He also directed Randhir Kapoor in Raampur Ka Lakshman. His innings with Amitabh started with Amar Akbar Anthony and was followed by Parvarish,Suhaag, Naseeb, Desh Premee, Coolie, Mard and Ganga Jamuna Saraswati out of which all but the last were box office successes. 1977 was an exceptional year for him, 4 films were huge hits, these were Parvarish, Amar Akbar Anthony, Chacha Bhatija and Dharam Veer.

The first two with Amitabh, and the latter two with Dharmendra. Most of his films had great special effects done by his nephew (Subhash Desai’s son) Capt Danny Desai. Manmohan Desai along with Prakash Mehra, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Yash Chopra have accounted for a large number of Amitabh’s famous hits. Of these only Yash Chopra went on to make hits beyond the 1980s. Manmohan Desai’s last film with Amitabh was Toofan in 1989 which he had produced and the film was directed by his son Ketan Desai. Their last partnership proved to be unsuccessful. Incidently shortly after its release, Prakash Mehra’s last film with Amitabh which was Jaadugar was also released and failed at the box office. It also proved to be the least successful of Amitabh Bachchan and Prakash Mehra’s partnership.

Filmography :

As Director :

  1. Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswathi (1988)
  2. Mard (1985)
  3. Coolie (1983/I)
  4. Desh Premee (1982)
  5. Naseeb (1981)
  6. Suhaag (1979)
  7. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
  8. Chacha Bhatija (1977)
  9. Dharam Veer (1977)
  10. Parvarish (1977)
  11. Roti (1974)
  12. Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973) (as Man Mohan Desai)
  13. Raampur Ka Lakshman (1972)
  14. Bhai Ho To Aisa (1972)
  15. Shararat (1972)
  16. Sachaa Jhutha (1970) (as Man Mohan Desai)
  17. Kismat (1968)
  18. Budtameez (1966)
  19. Bluff Master (1963)
  20. Chhalia (1960)
  21. Janam Janam Ke Phere: Alias Sati Anapurna (1957) (as Manoo Desai)

As Producer :

  1. Toofan (1989) (producer)
  2. Mard (1985) (producer)
  3. Naseeb (1981) (producer)
  4. Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) (producer)

As writer :

  1. Kismat (1968) (story)
  2. Bluff Master (1963) (screenplay)
  3. Janam Janam Ke Phere: Alias Sati Anapurna (1957) (written by) (as Manoo Desai)

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