Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Janki Das Mehra was a veteran actor of Bollywood who was the first production designer of Bollywood, and he was  a writer, as well as a sportsman also.
Janki Das Mehra who got popular as Janki Das was born in 1910 and he was the only Indian Olympian who broke world record in Cycling between 1934-1942.
His film debut was in the year 1941 by portraying an important role in the film 'Khazanchi' which was made in Lahore.
He was the first production designer of Bollywood and 'Pathar and Payal' is a famous film in which he worked in this category.He introduced 'Meena Kumari,Madhubala,Khushboo' etc to films.He was the person who introduced Mala Sinha in 'Hamlet' which was produced and directed by Kishore Sahu.
In 1955 he wrote the script of film 'Yadon Ki Kaam'.
He appeared in more than 1000 films in his career and in several films he depicted important characters which received accolades and good opinion.
He acted in  V.Shantaram's 'Dr.Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani' as Dr.Mukherjee.
Janki Das also acted in Sohrab Modi's 'Daulat'(1949) in which Madhubala was introduced.
Babul(1950) was a hit film  which was directed by S.U.Sunny and in the film Dilip Kumar and Nargis were the main Pair.Janki Das had an important role in this film.
In the 1952 'Anhonee' in which Raj Kapoor  and Nargis paired, he acted as the character 'Om Prakash'.
In the  hit film 'Daera' of 1953  which was directd by Guru Dutt and acted in main role, his role was as character ' Ramzan Ali Saudagar'.
'Kala Bazar' was a super hit film of 1960 in which Janki Das acted.Dev Anand,Waheeda Rehman acted in main roles of this film and director was Vijay Anand.
Teen Devian was another hit film of Dev Anand in which Janki Das acted during that period.
He was also part of the film 'Pati Patni'(60) along with Sanjeev Kumar,Nanda,Mumtaz etc.
He acted along with Sanjay Khan,Ashok Kumar,Sadhana etc in the film 'Inteqam' directed by R.K.Nayyar in 1969.
Chanda aur Bijli was a super hit film of Sanjeev Kumar,Padmini in which Jeevan,Mohan Choti,Sachin,Janki Das etc were in the cast.
In the film 'Pushpanjali' directed by Kishore Sahu in 1970 he had a role.
In the Super hit film 'Pathar Aur Payal'(74) he also acted with Dharmendra and Hema Malini.
He acted as Dr.Janki Das in the film Chalte Chalte(76).
In the super hit film 'Fifty Fifty' in which Rajesh Khanna and Tina Munim were the main pair, he acted as a Hotel Manger.
Janki Das had deep knowledge about film making and acting etc.He wrote  many books and  among them  are ''My Misadventures in Film Land and 'Acting for Beginners'.
Janki Das passed away on 18th June 2003.
Selected Filmography

Shri Vishnu Bhagwan
Kala Bazar
Teri Ghar Ke Samne
Ganga Ki Lahren
Pyar Mohabbat
Dil Aur Mohabbat
Ansoo Ban Gaya Phool
Pathar aur Payal
Do Ankhen
Ab Kya Hoga
Sawan Ko Aane Do
Agnee Pareeksha
Oh Bewafa
Fifty Fifty
Teesri Aankh
Nauker Beewi Ka
Raj Tilak

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