|Died||18 June 2003 (aged 92–93)|
Jankidas Mehra (1910 – 18 June 2003) was a prolific Indian film actor of Hindi Cinema, cyclist, production designer and writer. He made over 1000 film appearances between the 1930s and 1997.
Jankidas served as the only Indian member of the International Olympic Committee at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlinand was the only Indian to have broken the world record in cycling between 1934 and 1942.
In the 1940s, along with Sohrab Bhoot, he founded the Cycling Federation of India.
Jankidas debuted in films playing a major role in Khazanchi (1941), produced in Lahore. He was not seen again till 1946, when he would appear in Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani . From then on he would continue to play roles with increasing vigour over the years.
As a production designer, Jankidas was responsible for the founding of many famous Indian actor's careers. He was responsible for Madhubala's role in Sohrab Modi's Daulat in 1947, and introduced Meena Kumari in Nanabhai Bhatt's Hamara Ghar , and Khushboo in Sunil Dutt's Dard Ka Rishta .He also introduced actress Mala Sinha in Hamlet, produced and directed by Kishore Sahu.
In 1985, he wrote the script for the film Yaadon Ki Kasam .
Jankidas was the recipient of numerous national and international awards. In May 1996, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association.
Jankidas was also an author and wrote numerous books on Bollywood and the acting profession. He published My Misadventures in Filmland and Acting for Beginners.
|1946||Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani||Dr. Mukherjee|
|1958||Kala Pani||Daulat Chand|
|1966||Daadi Maa||Pandit Gyandutt|
|1967||Patthar Ke Sanam||Mr. Poojari|
|Hare Kanch Ki Chooriyan||Shopkeeper|
|1968||Sadhu Aur Shaitaan||Seth Jankidas|
|1969||Sajan (1969 film)||Tarakilal, Stage Show Organizer|
|1971||Chingari (1971 film)||Pandit|
|1972||Seeta Aur Geeta||secretary|
|Yeh Gulistan Hamara||Haku|
|1975||Khel Khel Mein||Seth Ghanshyam Das,Jewellery Store Owner|
|1978||Tumhari Kasam||Tikam Seth|
|Azaad (1978 film)||Diwanji|
|The Burning Train||Ticket Collector in Express Train|
|1983||Humse Na Jeeta Koi||Lala|
|1984||Phulwari (1984 film)||Antique Shop Owner|
|Laila (1984 film)||Pandit|
|Hukumat||Ticket Collector at Railway station|
|Mera Yaar Mera Dushman||Club Manager|
|Sadak Chhap||Seth Jankidas|
|1988||Bees Saal Baad||Estate Agent/Broker Jankidas|
|Maalamaal||Antique Shop Owner|
|1991||Farishtay||Foreign Terrorist (Cameo/Guest) Role|
|1993||Dhanwan (1993 film)||Pensioner club Member|
Jankidas was suffering from a heart ailment for a substantial period of time, but was discharged from the local hospital two days before his death.He died of cardiac failure at his Juhu residence on Wednesday 18 June 2003. He was 93.
Jankidas is survived by two sons, and two daughters.
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