I am a big fan of Bollywood and although I like latest movies, there are few old movies too which are iconic. And, not only movies but there are also few actors of yesteryears who we all love to watch.
Do you remember movies like Karz (1980) or the Sanyasi (1975)? One actor who was common in these movies was Prem Nath. He worked in over 150 movies and had a different style in each movie.
The legendary actor of 70’s and 80’s, Prem Nath was a versatile actor. He was not only a terrifying villain but an impressive comedian. Zee Classic, with its proposition Woh Zamana Kare Deewana, in November which happens to be his birth and death anniversary month. It will be a four-week festival titled ‘Prem Nath Film Festival’ starting 11th November 2017.
This is a special initiative by Zee Classic in which they will showcase a documentary-biopic created by his son, Monty Nath, titled ‘Amar Prem Nath’. His movie (8.30 am) will be followed by the special feature (11.30 am).
There will be rare unseen interviews of Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Subhash Ghai, Shatrughan Sinha, Vinod Khanna, Amrish Puri and Dharmendra amongst others.
The special feature, ‘Amar Prem Nath’ is a tribute to the actor by his son Monty Nath. He is a filmmaker himself who wants to showcase his father’s work. Commenting on the airing of the biopic, Monty Nath said –
“Even in his time, Dad was a visionary. His approach towards movies was very different. He didn’t want to be the hero, he just wanted to entertain everyone. He soon realized that playing the antagonist brought him real thrill. Amar Prem Nath is my way of showing the world what kind of person my father was, and I am really thrilled to be able to share this film with everyone. I would like to thank Zee Classic for celebrating my father’s life journey!”
Do you know the fact that the icon was the maternal uncle of the Kapoor family – Randhir Kapoor, Rajiv Kapoor, and Rishi Kapoor? Let’s see what other actors have to say about him-
Reminiscing the time spent with his maternal-uncle, Randhir Kapoor said, “I am very honoured, elated and thrilled that Zee Classic is airing a movie on my uncle, Prem Nath. There never was and will never be a replacement, at least not yet, to the kind of entertainer my uncle was. The fondest memory of my uncle was working with him in ‘Bobby’. I have done several movies with him but this one, in particular, is very close to my heart. As an uncle, he was very loving and extremely fond of me. I will always be grateful to him.”
Rishi Kapoor said, “I haven’t seen any actor emote so well in my entire career. To essay the role of Jack Breganza, he lived among the fishermen to learn and understand the way they live and behave. He also observed the way they dress. He would really immerse himself in the character he was playing.”
Shatrughan Sinha said, “I have seen many of his films and admired his work like Barsaat, Rustom Sohrab and Aan have been terrific films. What made him stand out was that whatever he did, he was original. He was a very daring, authoritative powerful and an excellent man. They say nobody is indispensable but with Prem Nathji that holds no truth.”
Dharmendra said, “His manliness was often the talk of the town and as college students, we would always say that one should have a physique like Prem Nathji. Prem Nathji would do his stunts himself and never used a body double.”
Manoj Kumar said, “He was not the jack of all traits but the master of all traits. He knew 72 raagas. In the film industry, there is no actor who even knew 12 raagas.”
Prem Chopra said, “He was highly knowledgeable; you could discuss any topic with him. He was a very dedicated and devoted actor. Whenever given a role, he would research thoroughly to understand that character.”
This will also feature inputs from other celebrated actors who have spoken about the actor at length. These include actors Shammi Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Ajit, Pran, Vinod Khanna, Dara Singh, Feroz Khan, Beena Rai, Sunil Dutt, Om Prakash, etc.
Schedule for the Prem Nath Film Festival
|Amar Prem Nath Part 1
|Amar Prem Nath Part 2
|Amar Prem Nath Part 3
|Johny Mera Naam
|Amar Prem Nath Part 4
To reminisce Prem Nath’s incredible film journey, tune in to watch ‘Prem Nath Film Festival’ followed by a special feature Amar Prem Nath at 11:30 AM on Zee Classic every Saturday starting 11th November.