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Prakash Mehra

12 July 1939 to 16 May 2009

Credited with making Amitabh Bachchan a star, Mehra cast him as a ruthless cop in Zanjeer (1973). After the comedic Hera Pheri (1973), the pair made six further films together. Mehra directed several other movies, including the musical Haseean Man Jaayegi (1968) and period tale Mohabbat Ke Dushman (1988).

* Read Prakash Mehra's Variety Obituary