I. S. Johar

Last updated

I. S. Johar
I.S.Johar-pic.jpg
Born(1920-02-16)16 February 1920
Died10 March 1984(1984-03-10) (aged 64)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActor, director, producer, writer
Years active1931–1984
Spouse(s)Ramma Bains (divorced), Sonia Sahni and three others
Children2

Inderjeet Singh Johar [1] (16 February 1920 – 10 March 1984), [2] better known as I. S. Johar, was an Indian actor, writer, producer and director, who excelled in comedic roles.

Contents

Early life

Johar was born on 16 February 1920, in Talagang (now within modern-day Pakistan), British India. He did an MA degree in Economics and Politics before completing his LLB. [1] In August 1947, during the Partition crisis, Johar was visiting Patiala, Punjab with his family for a wedding, when serious rioting broke out in Lahore resulting in the Shah Alami Bazaar, once the largely Hindu quarter of the Walled City, being entirely burnt down. [3]

Johar never returned to Lahore. For a period he worked in Jalandhar while his family remained in Delhi, [4] before he eventually moved to Mumbai (Bombay), where he made his acting debut in the 1949 Hindi comedy action film Ek Thi Ladki . [5]

Career

Johar acted in numerous Hindi films from the 1950s through to the early 1980s and appeared in international films such as Harry Black (1958), North West Frontier (1959), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [6] and Death on the Nile (1978), besides acting in Maya (1967), a US TV series. He also appeared in Punjabi films, including Chaddian Di Doli (1966), Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai (1969) with Prithviraj Kapoor, and Yamla Jatt with Helen. [7]

I. S. Johar also wrote and directed films, including the partition-based Hindi movie Nastik (1954), Johar Mehmood in Goa and Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong, in which he co-starred with comedian Mehmood. These were inspired by comedy films of the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby style Road to... series. [8] Johar was a unique and idiosyncratic individual, a lifelong liberal who poked fun at institutionalised self-satisfied smugness – an attitude which did not endear him to the essentially hierarchical and conservative Indian establishment, and led to difficulties finding finance for his unconventional screenplays. In many of his films, both those he directed and those he acted in, Sonia Sahni was the leading lady, most notably in Johar Mehmood in Goa, 1964.

He also starred in films with his own surname in the title such as Mera Naam Johar, [9] Johar in Kashmir and Johar in Bombay, which is a testament both to his immense egotism, as well as his popularity with the common masses – for whom a movie with the Johar name was a guarantee of easy laughs, as well as subtle ironic or frankly sarcastic jibes at Indian customs, mores, superstitions and institutions. His film Nasbandi (Vasectomy) was a spoof on Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's failed policy of population control by coerced vasectomies during the period of Emergency and was "banned" when it was first released. In the plays written by him too, Johar attacks those in power. In a play on Bhutto, he writes about Pakistan's Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto as well as Gen Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq. [10] Yash Chopra started his film career as an assistant director with I. S. Johar. [11]

In 1963 he starred as "Gopal" in two Italian films directed by Mario Camerini: Kali Yug, la dea della vendetta (Kali Yug, Goddess of vengeance) and Il Mistero del tempio indiano (The secret of the Hindu temple).

He died in Mumbai, on 10 March 1984. [1]

Personal life

Johar married Ramma Bains in 1943 in Lahore. The couple became parents to two children, a son named Anil and a daughter named Ambika. [4] Both his children worked in a handful of films in the late 1970s, including Nasbandi (1978) and 5 Rifles featuring both of them. Ramma Bains herself acted in small roles in a couple of films, most notably as Balraj Sahni's cunning sister in Garam Hawa.

Johar and Ramma were divorced; theirs was one of the earliest legal divorces in the country. [12] After this divorce, Johar married and divorced no less than four more women (five marriages in all, and as many divorces). One of his later wives was the actress Sonia Sahni, who had made her film debut in Johar's production Johar-Mehmood in Goa (1965). None of Johar's later marriages was blessed with children.

I.S Johar was not related to Yash Johar.

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryFilmResult
1959 British Academy Film Awards Best British Actor Harry Black Nominated
1971 Filmfare Awards Best Performance in a Comic Role Johny Mera Naam Won
1974 Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar Nominated

Filmography

Actor

Badhti Ka Naam Daadhi (1974)

Director

Director
YearFilmProducerNotes
1952 Shrimati Ji
1954 Nastik Shashadhar Mukherjee
1955 Shri Nagad Narayan
1956Hum Sab Chor Hain
1957 Kitna Badal Gaya Insaan
1957Miss India
1960 Bewaqoof Self
1965 Johar-Mehmood in Goa Self
1966 Johar in Kashmir
1971 Jai Bangladesh
1974 5 Rifles Self
1978 Nasbandi Self

Related Research Articles

Vijay Anand (filmmaker) Film director, actor

Vijay Anand, also known as Goldie Anand, was an Indian filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, editor and actor, who is known for acclaimed films such as Guide (1965), Teesri Manzil (1966), Jewel Thief (1967) and Johny Mera Naam (1970). He made most of his films for the in-house banner Navketan Films and was part of the Anand family.

The Filmfare Best Comedian Award was given by Filmfare as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films, to recognise an actor who had delivered an outstanding performance in a comic role.

Kalyanji–Anandji Musical artist

KalyanjiAnandji are an Indian composer duo: Kalyanji Virji Shah and his brother Anandji Virji Shah. The duo are known for their work on Hindi film soundtracks, with many evergreen songs being composed by them.

Aruna Irani Indian actress (b. 1946)

Aruna Irani is an Indian actress, who has acted in over 500 films throughout Hindi, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati cinema, playing mostly supporting and character roles. She has won two Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress, for Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1985) and Beta (1992), and has been nominated for a total of ten awards, holding a record for the most nominations in the category. In January 2012, Irani was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th Filmfare Awards.

Om Prakash

Om Prakash Chibber was an Indian character actor. He was born in Jammu, as Om Prakash Chibber. He used to play the role of Kamla in the stage play by the famous Dewan Mandir Natak Samaj Jammu. Since his career began in 1942, he was a popular supporting actor from the 1950s until the 1980s. He also produced Jahanaara starring Bharat Bhushan, Shashikala, Prithviraj Kapoor and Mala Sinha in the title role of Jahanaara.

Madan Puri Indian character actor

Madan Puri was an Indian actor of Hindi and Punjabi films. His brother was actor Amrish Puri. As a character actor mainly in negative roles (villain), he acted in about 430 films in a career spanning above fifty years.

Keshto Mukherjee

Keshto Mukherjee was an Indian film actor and comedian. He was born in Kolkata,Bengal Presidency, British India. He specialised in comic drunkard roles in Hindi films. Despite this he was a teetotaller throughout his life.

Iftekhar Indian actor

Sayedna Iftekhar Ahmed Sharif, often mononymously credited as Iftekhar, was an Indian actor who mainly worked in Hindi cinema. He is especially known for his roles as a police officer.

Pran filmography

This is the filmography for the Indian actor Pran. He acted in 362 films.

Achala Sachdev

Achala Sachdev was an Indian film actress who appeared in classic films of Hindi language film industry. She was from Peshawar who started her career as a child actor. She later became known for mother and grandmother roles in Hindi films. Her most memorable roles were as Balraj Sahni's wife in the 1965 film Waqt and Kajol's grandmother in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).

Jagdish Raj

Jagdish Raj Khurana was a Bollywood actor who holds a Guinness World Record for being the most type-cast actor. He played a police inspector in 144 films.

Mukri

Mukri also spelled as Muqri was an Indian film actor, who worked as a comedian in Hindi films.

This following is a complete list of all the films Dharmendra has acted in.

Sunder (actor)

Sunder Singh was a noted Indian film actor between the 1930s and 1980s. He acted in many Hindi and Punjabi language films in his career as hero or supporting roles as a comedian.

Manorama was an Indian character actress in Bollywood known best for her role as the comical tyrant aunt in Seeta Aur Geeta (1972) and in films such as Ek Phool Do Maali (1969) and Do Kaliyaan (1968). She started her career as a child artiste in 1936 in Lahore, under the name Baby Iris. Thereafter, she made her debut as an adult actress in 1941, and performed to her final role in Water in 2005, her career extending over 60 years. Through her career she acted in over 160 films. After playing heroine roles in the early 1940s, she settled into playing villainous or comic roles. She played comic roles in superhit films such as Half Ticket appearing alongside Kishore Kumar and the legendary Madhubala. She gave memorable performances in Dus Lakh, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje, Mujhe Jeene Do, Mehboob ki Menhdi, Caravan, Bombay to Goa and Lawaris.

Gajanan Jagirdar

Gajanan Jagirdar was a veteran Indian film director, screenwriter and actor. He worked in Hindi Cinema, also called Bollywood, as well as Marathi cinema. The period of 1942 to 1947, saw his rise as a film director with Prabhat Films.

Sonia Sahni is an Indian film actress who worked in Hindi language films. Her debut film was Johar-Mehmood in Goa with actors I. S. Johar and Mehmood. Her other notable films are Maalik , Buddha Mil Gaya, Bobby, Dharam Karam, Chacha Bhatija and Jangal Mein Mangal.

<i>Johar-Mehmood in Goa</i> 1965 Indian film

Johar Mehmood in Goa is a 1965 Bollywood comedy film directed by I. S. Johar with he himself, along with Mehmood and Simi Garewal playing the lead roles. Its part of a comedy series that included Johar in Kashmir (1966), Johar in Bombay (1967) and Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong (1971).

Marutirao Parab, popularly known simply as Maruti, was an Indian actor and director best known for playing comic roles in Hindi films.

References

  1. 1 2 3 Sanjit Narwekar (1994). Directory of Indian film-makers and films. Flicks Books. ISBN   9780948911408. Archived from the original on 9 October 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  2. I. S. Johar at IMDb
  3. de Jonge, Rene (1989). Urban planning in Lahore: a confrontation with real development. Peter Groote. ISBN   9789036701839. Archived from the original on 4 August 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  4. 1 2 Survival fittest Archived 22 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine Times of India, 2 June 2002.
  5. "A serious satirist". Indian Express . 25 July 1997. Archived from the original on 25 August 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2008.
  6. Filmography Archived 13 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine New York Times .
  7. "In search of a bigger role". The Tribune . 19 May 2007. Archived from the original on 1 November 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2008.
  8. IS Johar Biography Archived 12 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine Rotten Tomatoes .
  9. I. S. Johar at IMDb
  10. Kahlon, Sukhpreet. "'The comical, the witty and the satirical: Remembering the many facets of IS Johar'". Cinestaan.com. Archived from the original on 22 February 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  11. "Face of romance in Bollywood: Iconic filmmaker Yash Chopra's five-decade long illustrious career". India Today. 21 October 2012. Archived from the original on 31 October 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  12. Ramma Bans Archived 23 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine THIS ABOVE ALL, Khushwant Singh, The Tribune, 6 March 2004.