Zee Classic presents the ‘Nasir Hussain Film Festival’ – The unsung hero behind Yaadon Ki Baarat, Teesri Manzil, Qayamat Se QayamatTak and many more… from 7th January, every Sunday at 12 noon.
Best known for his evergreen movies, Teesri Manzil, Qayamat Se QayamatTak and Jo JeetaWohiSikandar, Nasir Hussain was amongst those few in the industry who seldom gave a flop. Father to the director and producer Mansoor Khan, uncle to the perfectionist Aamir Khan, Nasir Hussain was a writer, producer, and director par excellence. Commemorating his contribution to Indian Cinema, Zee Classic presents the ‘Nasir Hussain Film Festival’ with its proposition WohZamanaKareDeewana, has curated over a month-long festival. Starting 7th January, the festival will showcase his greatest hits including Yaadon Ki Baarat, Hum Kisise Kam Naheen, Teesri Manzil, ZamaanaKoDikhana Hai, Qayamat Se QayamatTak and Manzil Manzil, every Sunday at 12 noon.
Born in 1926 to a conservative family, Nasir Hussain had a keen interest in movies and theatrical works. However, his father who was a history teacher was apprehensive of Nasir Hussain’s passion but that did not deter him from doing what he loved the most. When he moved to Lucknow to pursue his BA, he actively began writing short plays for radio and at times even played minor roles.Film producer Sashadhar Mukherjee impressed by Nasir Hussain’s writing credentials hired him for his Filmistan studios in 1948 and there was no looking back for Nasir Hussain. The same producer inspired Nasir Hussain to start directing and his first movie was TumsaNahinDekha with Shammi Kapoor in 1957.
An important anecdote from his days at Filmistan is that when Hussain decided to direct his debut film TumsaNahinDekha (1957), he wanted Dev Anand to play the leading role. But since Dev Sahab turned down the role, Sashadhar Mukherjee wanted him to take Shammi Kapoor. Hussain was skeptical about this suggestion. Shammi Kapoor himself was considering quitting films when TumsaNahinDekha was offered to him. But as luck turned out, TumsaNahinDekha clicked in a big way at the box office and there was no looking back for both Hussain and Shammi Kapoor.
Zee Classic brings the best of Nasir Hussain who is often touted as the man of firsts. Nasir Hussain created the first Bollywood Masala film with Teesri Manzil in 1966 and introduced musical romance with Qayamat Se QayamatTak. Writer Salim Khan who contributed to the movie Teesri Manzil said, “Nasir Hussain was the individual who gave romantic heroes a comic twist.”
Nasir Hussain always maintained that it was more interesting to show the process of the hero and heroine falling in love run through the film rather than have the hero and heroine in love and that is what makes his films special. His films made the process of boy wooing girl and winning her over a most enjoyable affair.
With such a strong element of romance in his films, it is but natural that his films were known for their superb music. Each and every composer did some of their best work for him be it OP Nayyar (TumsaNahinDekha, PhirWohiDilLaya Hoon), Shankar-Jaikishen (Jab PyarKisiseHota Hai), Usha Khanna (Dil Deke Dekho) and of course RD Burman who did all of Hussain’s films following Teesri Manzil (1966). In fact, The Nasir Hussain-RD Burman-MajroohSultanpuri team created musical history together through Teesri Manzil, BaharonkeSapne, Pyar ka Mausam, Caravan, Yaadon Ki Baarat, Hum Kisise Kum Naheen and ZamaneKoDikhana Hai.
For all the music lovers, you may recognize Nasir Hussain better, for he is the one whose songs are most remembered. Still guessing? O HaseenaZulfonwali, O Mere Sona Re, Churaliyahaitumne jo dilko if not the original, the remixes will ring a bell. Adding to this list are, ‘Aye Mere Humsafar’ or ‘Papa Kehte Hain’!
His son Mansoor Khan took over the reins and Hussain continued to write for Mansoor’s films like Qayamat Se QayamatTak (1988) and Jo JeetaWohiSikander (1992). Among his firsts is also the cult movie Jo JeetaWohiSikandar which highlighted the issues of competition, failure in love and a strong desire to fit in, that every teenager faces even today.
To entertain viewers with unheard stories of Nasir Hussian and enhance their movie-viewing experience, Zee Classic has also curated special features revolving around the life of the legendary filmmaker. It includes views of stalwarts of Indian cinema like Salim Khan, Javed Akhtar, Juhi Chawla, Ayesha Jhulka, Prem Chopra, DalipTahil, and Lalit Pandit amongst others. These special features along with additional exclusive interviews will be showcased during the telecast of movies on Zee Classic.
|‘Nasir Hussain Film Festival’||Date||Time|
|Yaadon Ki Baarat||07-Jan||12 noon|
|Hum Kisise Kum Naheen||14-Jan||12 noon|
|Teesri Manzil||21-Jan||12 noon|
|Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai||28-Jan||12 noon|
|Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak||04-Feb||12 noon|
|Manzil Manzil||11-Feb||12 noon|
Watch ‘Nasir Hussain Film Festival’ starting 7th January, every Sunday at 12 noon only on Zee Classic
Disclaimer: Any facts used in this post are purely meant for education purpose only and not to be substituted for professional advice.
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