Manmohan Desai (Making the Impossible Possible)

It was on this day, February 26, 1937, that a boy was born in the family of Kalavati and Kikubhai Desai. I pay tribute to this prolific producer and director none other than the genius Manmohan Desai. Let me take this opportunity to share some interesting anecdotes from this legend I believed, “Anhonee Ko Honee Karna Hamara Kaam Hai” (Making the impossible possible is our job).

early years

Born on the 26th day of February, Manmohan Ji was four years old since he started living in Khetwadi in Mumbai. He was born into a Gujarati family, but his love and his home had always been the city of dreams and dream merchants, namely Mumbai. The love for the city of Mumbai was often portrayed on screen in his films.

There was a time when neither Khetwadi nor Manmohan Ji’s address was shown on city maps. Not many had heard of Khetwadi in the early 1980s. No doubt taxi drivers looked blank when asked for the address of MKD Films.

His father was a film producer who owned Paramount Studios (later Filmalaya) and made films between 1931 and 1941. His father died at the age of 39 due to a ruptured appendix. The family also owned a huge bungalow in Versova at the time, but the sudden death of his father left behind large liabilities and debts.

Manmohan Ji’s mother was quite clear: “No, I don’t want to live in debt.” She sold the bungalow and the cars on her property to pay off debts. The only thing she didn’t sell was the studio, as that was her monthly income at the time.

making the impossible possible

Manmohan Ji’s first directorial film had been “Chhalia” with actor Raj Kapoor in the lead role. The movie was shot in black and white and not forgetting the title of the song. Chhalia Mere Naam. He learned that creative thoughts and input regarding plot or story were mostly amplified by him underneath the famous landmark restaurant Café Naaz on the slopes of Malabar Hill.

He didn’t appreciate the idea of ​​the movie ending on a sad note. He always believed in happy endings, even if it means making the impossible possible. Without a doubt, he was considered the master of entertainment whose passion was to please the masses who always saw his movies with a happy ending. His career chart became more popular between the years 1960 and 1988.

The characters they portrayed in their movies were mostly the common masses, be it the person on the train platform. Cooliethe waiter in naseeb or Anglo-Indians from the streets of Bandra in love akbar anthony. The confidence he showed in each of these characters who later tasted success is indeed highly respected and comes from this master of entertainment and genius Manmohan Desai.

He was a middle class man. Whether on location or otherwise, Manmohan Ji was known for his afternoon nap time. He always used to feel refreshed and recharged after his short nap. After the success of his movie. love akbar anthony He bought an aristocratic apartment designed with modern conveniences in one of the most expensive places in Mumbai at the time. But, his heart was always in Khetwadi, the colony that belonged to the middle class people of the center of Mumbai.

Amar Akbar Anthony (Story)

While Manmohan Ji gave many successful movies in his career, one of his movies that attracts many even today is Amar Akbar Anthony. I’d like to share some interesting anecdotes about this evergreen artist who has captivated millions of audiences even after thirty-five years of release.

Director Manmohan Desai got the idea for the movie “Amar Akbar Anthony” from a news item he read in an evening newspaper. An alcoholic man named Jackson was fed up with his life and one day he put his three children in a car and decided to leave them in the park. It can be rightly said where the news story ends, director Manmohan Desai’s story begins. He distorted the story a bit by forgetting the alcoholic part and assured that when the father returns he finds that his three children have disappeared. In the story, the oldest boy is adopted by a Hindu policeman and the other two by a Muslim tailor and a Catholic priest.

My name is Antonio Gonsalves.

Inspiration for Anthony came to Desai from the real-life character Antav, a smuggler staying closer to his home in Khetwadi. He used to wear a funny hat and used to converse with Desai in his slang, “Desai Kaisa Hai Dikhtaich Nahin”. Director Desai was very fascinated with his character and decided to show him on screen.

In the song ‘My name is Anthony Gonsalves’ (You see, the entire country of the system is juxtaposed by the hemoglobin in the atmosphere because you are a sophisticated rhetorician intoxicated by the exuberance of your own verbosity.listen)) uttered by Anthony as he emerges from the Easter egg, is an almost exact quote from a speech in the Parliament of the United Kingdom delivered by British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in 1878. Disraeli (who was referring to William Ewart Gladstone) used the word ” drunk” instead of “intoxicated”.

medical disaster

As superstar Mr. Amitabh Bachchan said: “He (Desai) would first design the ‘elements’ he wanted in the film, then shoot them, and then write the (script) to tie them together.” He was known for doing some of the craziest things, but it always worked for him.

If we were to talk about the famous ‘blood donation’ scene (where three children of a mother give her blood at the same time). “It was a medical disaster. Where in the world do you have three people lying in the same room giving transfusions from one bottle?” Three separate tubes carry the men’s blood to a suspended bottle from where only one tube conveys blood to mother Bharti. The credits roll and then the main story begins.

“It was a medical impossibility. But Desai did it and it worked. When (the scene) opened, there was incredible applause in the theater.” That is the creativity that director Manmohan Desai exhibited.

the man himself

In most of Manmohan Desai’s films, one thing was obvious; he always showed his deep respect for the figure of the Mother. He said: In my films I always talk about “Ma Sherovali”. I feel that a woman is a supreme creation. It is she who conceives, who gives birth to the child after nine months, who deals with difficulties. She brings to the world a new life. I rate them very high. I am a great believer in Durga, Amba and Lakshmi. His work includes Naseeb, Suhaag, Parvarish, Coolie, Mard, Desh Premee and Amar Akbar Anthony films to name a few.

Desai always believed that parents were above God and, of course, above themselves. Hurt them and you’ll hurt yourself, was the simple belief of his that still resonates in the world of cinema today.

The man who firmly believed in “Lost objects” the formula has been lost in this Universe and no one would ever find a formula to replace this master of entertainment that is the creativity exhibited by this individual Man Mohan Desai.

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