Nasir Hussain


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Nasir Hussain (India, 1926) joined Filmistan as a writer in 1948, scripting Nandlal Jaswantlal's Anarkali (1953) as well as Subodh Mukherjee's classics Munimji (1955) and Paying Guest (1957). He then directed and scripted Tumsa Nahin Dekha/ Never Seen Anyone like You (1957), the film that made a star of Shammi Kapoor, with music by Omkar Prasad Nayyar (Guru Dutt's favorite composer) who had just scored the hit Baap Re Baap (1955), and then directed and scripted Dil Deke Dekho/ Try Giving your Heart (1959), a film that introduced both new star Asha Parekh and female composer Usha Khanna. Hussain then produced, wrote and directed Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961) and Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963), with music by Nayyar. Hussain, composer Burman, lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri and actress Asha Parekh collaborated on many Bollywood hits of the 1960s and 1970s, notably Teesri Manzil (1966), which was directed by Vijay Anand and also starred Shammi Kapoor. Hussain (as director, screenwriter and producer) and Burman also collaborated on Yaadon Ki Baaraat/ Procession of Memories (1973), which defined the "masala" stereotype, scripted by Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar.

He still directed and produced Aangan (1973), Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977), Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981), Manzil Manzil (1984) and Zabardast (1985).

He wrote and produced Mansoor Khan's Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), an influential blockbuster of Hindi musical romance, as well as Khan's follow-up, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992).

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