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Prakash Mehra was honest and straight - Amitabh

By: By: Raymond Ronamai
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Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan must be feeling empty inside following the demise of veteran filmmaker Prakash Mehra, who worked with him in seven films such as Zanjeer, Hera Pheri, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Laawaris, Namak Halal, Sharaabi and Jaadugar. Amitabh pours out his grief on his blog on the death of Prakash.

“A long fruitful and incredible period of his remarkable films that he did with me, flashed past. His first meeting with me at Raj Kamal studio where he had come to cast me in Zanzeer in 1971 right through to the mid 80"s, year after year of unbelievable successes - Zanzeer, Hera Pheri, Khoon Paseena, Lawaris, Muquaddar Ka Sikander, Sharabi, Namak Hallal. What a huge bank of amazing films, right down to his last with me, Jaadugar. The only one that did not work," Amitabh wrote.

Big B said that Prakash was honest and straight. He wrote: “I still remember his phone call to me in Bangalore after the release. 'Lalla", as he endearingly called me 'gadbad ho gayee hai !" he said. Things have gone wrong. Honest and straight. He had always maintained that the day I cannot make a successful film with you I shall stop working with you. He never did anything after Jaadugar."

Amitabh recalled the simplicity in this great filmmaker. “A simple man who had the capacity to narrate great stories through the medium of cinema in the most simple manner. No fuss, no calisthenics. Just very ordinary camera placements and extraordinary content. A writer, a lyricist, a musician, he added all these qualities to his creativity behind the camera and gave me some of my most challenging roles. Never rewarded by any institution. And never sought one either. His films have lived out longer than him. A true mark of excellence. The music he gave to his films still ring in the hearts and ears of each generation that came after him. The performances he extracted from his artists were never ever considered for any recognition. It never bothered him. Critics panned his films and the greater the criticism the longer became their duration, at the box office," he wrote.

70-year-old Prakash Mehra died on May 17 morning at the Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai. He had been ill for the last three years.

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