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Mehmood used to call himself the second father of Amitabh Bachchan, then why did the relationship break up? till death

Mehmood Ali was counted among the top comedians of the country. In his career spanning more than four decades, Mehmood did many films, in which his comic style was highly appreciated. Mehmood was not only a comedian but also an actor, singer and director. He made the career of many such actors who were struggling to set foot in Bollywood. For some, he even gave shelter in his house in his difficult times. One of these is Amitabh Bachchan. Mehmood supported Amitabh Bachchan during the Struggle days and played an important role in making his career. There was a father-son relationship between the two. Mehmood used to call himself Amitabh’s second father. Then what happened that bitterness for Amitabh dissolved in Mehmood’s heart and distance kept coming in their relationship?

Mehmood’s 90th birth anniversary is on 29 September. On this occasion, we are telling you about this relationship between Mehmood and Amitabh Bachchan and the bitterness in it. Mehmood expressed his displeasure and bitterness towards Amitabh in many interviews, but Amitabh did not speak a word against him. Rather, when Mahmood died, Amitabh was shocked. Then he remembered ‘Godfather’ Mahmood in his blog and told how the comedian had given him a big support in difficult times.

Amitabh Bachchan and Mehmood, Photo: Twitter@FilmHistoryPic

Starting out as a child artist, from selling chicken to a driver’s job
Mehmood started his acting career as a child artist. But his journey in films was very difficult. Before coming to films, Mehmood sometimes had to sell chickens to survive and sometimes became the driver of director PL Santoshi. There was a time when Mehmood started teaching table tennis to Meena Kumari in view of the need of money. Then Mehmood got a break from the 1956 film ‘CID’, in which he appeared in the role of a killer. Mehmood slowly started with small roles and then soon became a ‘National Comedian’.

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Amitabh Bachchan and Mehmood, Photo: Twitter@FilmHistoryPic

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Became Amitabh’s ‘second father’, said – the day it catches speed, it will not stop
Mehmood himself had seen so much trouble in life and had struggled so much, so Amitabh’s struggle was not seen from him. Amitabh made his debut as an actor in 1969 with the film ‘Saat Hindustani’. He had a supporting role in this film. The film didn’t work and neither did Amitabh Bachchan. After this, Amitabh did a supporting role in some more films. But not a single film of Amitabh was playing. By the time he reached the age of thirty, about 12 of Amitabh’s films flopped. Because of this, none of the producers agreed to take Amitabh in the films. But Mehmood did not know why it seemed that Amitabh was the ‘horse’ of the long race and the day he would catch the speed, no one would be able to stop him. This was later said by Mahmood in an interview as well.

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Mehmood and Amitabh Bachchan in a scene from the song Bombay To Goa, Photo: Twitter

Mehmood gave Amitabh the first chance to become a hero
Then Mehmood gave a chance to Amitabh Bachchan in the film ‘Bombay to Goa’. By then Mehmood had become a producer and was also trying his hand in direction. Mehmood was the first Bollywood producer who gave Amitabh Bachchan the first lead role in films. The film was a blockbuster and made Amitabh a hit as well. Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar caught the eye of Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Bombay to Goa’ and this connoisseur saw further sculpting a diamond like Amitabh. Salim-Javed made the film ‘Zanjeer’ with Amitabh Bachchan in 1973, which transformed Amitabh’s career. This film made Amitabh Bachchan the ‘Angry Young Man’ of Bollywood.

Read: Mahmood narrated the story of Struggle to Dharmendra, when people threw autographs

This act of Amitabh stirred up bitterness in Mehmood’s heart.


Mehmood had told in an interview that he had helped Amitabh Bachchan a lot even during his Struggle days. He was also given a place to live in his house. Later Mehmood and Amitabh worked together in many films. Mehmood always considered Amitabh as his son. But one incident filled Mehmood’s heart with bitterness for Amitabh. This was disclosed by Mehmood in an interview. Mahmud had said, ‘Amit respects me a lot. But I was shocked by one of his actions. When his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan fell ill, I went to Amit’s house to meet him. But when I had bypass surgery, Amit came to Breach Candy Hospital with his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan, but did not come to see me even once. Amit has proved that real father is real and fake father is fake.

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Actor Mehmood, Photo: YouTube

Mahmud had said – I wish he did not do this to anyone else
Mahmud further said, ‘He neither came to see me, nor saw me nor sent me any flower or get well soon card. While he knew that I was in the same hospital. I forgave him and did not wish anything bad for him. I hope he doesn’t do this to anyone else.

Mehmood died in 2004

When Amitabh cried during the shoot of a song for the film ‘Bombay to Goa’, Mehmood helped him a lot. Mehmood was the co-director in that film. Mehmood was sad that all he had done for Amitabh was forgotten. This bitterness and bitterness towards Amitabh remained in Mahmud’s mind till his death. Mahmood died in 2004 in Pennsylvania.

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