Remember the iconic dialogue of the superstar Amitabh Bachchan, 'Mooche Ho Toh Nathulal Jaise, 'Warna Na Ho’from 1984 film Sharabi. That was his last film with Amitabh. Before that he acted with him in ‘Coolie’(Rati’s father), ‘ Amar Akbar Anthony’( Neetu Singh’s father),’ Bombay To Goa’(a South Indian),Lawaris etc.
What made Mukri different from other comedians was that he used to laugh in every scene that had comedy dialogues. He stole scenes regularly and he was hilarious in every film whether he is playing servant or a gardener or even a show organiser in many films.
Mukri’s career went to new heights with Manmohan Desai’s Amar Akbar Anthony (1977). In this film, he played the role of Tyeb Ali, a strict father. The song “Tyeb Ali pyar ka dushman…” picturised on him and Rishi Kapoor became very popular, and Mukri a household name.
There was hardly any side character Mukri did not play as the comic sidekick. He performed these roles with great élan. Nathulal is one such character imprinted in the minds of cine buffs. His character “Nathu Lal” in Sharaabi became so popular, that years later when Manmohan desai cast him in Jaadugar (1989), he named his character Nathu Lal to bank on its popularity.
He made his debut with film ‘Pratima’ along with Dilip Kumar and all his films with Dilip Kumar like "Aan" and "Amar" was extremely popular. He was born as Muhammad Umar Mukri in Maharashtra on January 5, 1922, and passed away on September 4, 2000, in Mumbai.
Mukri was a classmate of legendary actor Dilip Kumar and both made their debut in the same year in Hindi cinema. It is said that Dilip Kumar helped Mukri a lot. Their friendship continued until Mukri expired.
Mukri also shared his screen with other great heroes of his times in almost 600-odd films, where he worked in during a career that extended for more than 50 years. Mukri worked with Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Amithabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Nargis, Meena Kumari and Mudhubala.
He was one of the more frequent faces appearing in hindi films in the late 50s and early 60s. Some of his notable roles were in films like Mother India (1957), Kalaapani (1958), Anari (1959), Kohinoor (1960) and Asli Naqli (1962)
The other successful films Mukri include Chori Chori, Aankhe, Mother India, Ram Aur Shyam, Aan and Ashique.
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