|Years active 1948–1996|
Died March 13, 2002, Mumbai
Nieces Nikhat Khan, Farhat Khan
Role Film Producer
Nephews Aamir Khan, Faisal Khan
|Name Nasir Hussain|
Siblings Tahir Hussain
Spouse(s) Ayesha Hussain
|Born 3 February 1931 , Bhopal|
Occupation Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Similar People Tahir Hussain, Aamir Khan, Mansoor Khan, Asha Parekh, Rajendra Nath
Children Mansoor Khan, Nuzhat Khan
Aaj ki Awaz: Today is film producer Nasir Hussain's birth anniversary
Nasir Hussain (16 November 1926 – 13 March 2002) was an Indian film producer, director and screenwriter. Akshay Manwani wrote a book on Hussain's cinema titled Music, Masti, Modernity: The Cinema of Nasir Husain
- Aaj ki Awaz Today is film producer Nasir Hussains birth anniversary
- Nasir Hussain was the only man I ever loved Asha Parekh
- Early career
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- Late career
- Awards and nominations
Nasir Hussain was the only man I ever loved: Asha Parekh
Hussain first worked with A.R. Kardar when he joined Filmistan as a writer in 1948. The famous films he wrote for Filmistan include Anarkali (1953), Munimji (1955), and Paying Guest (1957). Filmistan was the breakaway studio from Bombay Talkies; it used mid-budget formula productions and sold on star value and music. Sashadhar Mukherjee was a part of the breakaway team, and he gave Hussain Tumsa Nahin Dekha to direct. The film made a star of Shammi Kapoor.
Kapoor and Hussain made another hit, Dil Deke Dekho (1959), for Filmalaya, the breakaway group of Filmistan. The film introduced Asha Parekh, who would be the lead in all of Hussain's films until Caravan (1971). He was also in a long romantic relationship with her, but it ended because he was already a married man with two children, and Parekh didn't want to be labeled a homewrecker. Hussain's wife was Margaret Francina Lewis, an assistant choreographer he met at Filmistan. They married and then she changed her name to Ayesha Khan. She worked as an assistant choreographer on some of his productions. He outlived his wife.
Hussain then set up Nasir Hussain Films and turned producer-director. He made musical hits like Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961), Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963), Teesri Manzil (1966), Baharon Ke Sapne (1967), Pyar Ka Mausam (1969), Caravan (1971), Yaadon Ki Baraat (1973), Aangan (1973) and Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977).
Hussain wrote and produced the musical cult hit Teesri Manzil. Vijay Anand directed the film, which starred Hussain's regular actors Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh. Originally Dev Anand was signed for the film but due to differences with Hussain he opted out and Kapoor was cast. He also hired R.D. Burman for the first time to compose the songs ("O Haseena Zulfonwali", "O Mere Sona Re", "Deewaana Mujhsa Nahin", "Tumne Mujhe Dekha", "Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyaar Tera"). After the songs became evergreen hits, Burman would compose for all of Hussain's films for the next 19 years, ending with Zabardast (1985).
Hussain's Yaadon Ki Baraat was written by Salim-Javed, who had written Zanjeer the same year. Both films dealt with the hero wanting to avenge his father's death, and both featured Ajit as the villain.
As Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981), Manzil Manzil (1984) and Zabardast (1985) all flopped, Hussain's son Mansoor Khan took over the reins of Nasir Hussain Films, although Hussain continued to write dialogues for films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992). In Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, he introduced his nephew Aamir Khan as a hero. Hussain received a special Filmfare Award in 1996 for his contribution to Hindi cinema.
Hussain died in Mumbai on 13 March 2002 following a heart attack. After his death, Asha Parekh stated in an interview that she had not seen him the last year of his life, as he became reclusive because of his wife's death.
Hussain had several "favourites" with whom he worked repeatedly.