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21 November 1926
|Died||3 November 1992 (aged 65)|
Kailash Nath (Monty)
|Relatives||Rajendra Nath (Brother)|
Narendra Nath (Brother)
Krishna Kapoor (Sister)
Uma Chopra (Sister)
Raj Kapoor (Brother-in-law)
Prem Chopra (Brother-in-law)
Prem Nath Malhotra, better known as Prem Nath, was an Indian actor and director, who was best known for his works in Hindi films. Nath made his debut with the film Ajit (1948), and went on to appear in over 100 films throughout his career. He was nominated for three Filmfare Awards, and later retired in 1985.
He was born in 1926 in the Karimpura locality near Ghanta Ghar in Peshawar. His family moved to Jubbulpore (present-day Jabalpur) after partition and he moved to Bombay where he was discovered as an actor.
He fell in love with actress Bina Rai during the filming of Aurat. They married and formed a production company together called P.N. films. Their children are actor Prem Krishen and Kailash Nath (Monty). Premnath also dated the famous actress Madhubala but stopped when she became interested in actor Dilip Kumar.
They are also the grandparents of actress Akanksha Malhotra and director Siddharth Malhotra who are Prem Krishen's children. Adiraj Malhotra and Arjun Malhotra are the sons of Kailash Nath. His sister Krishna married Raj Kapoor while his other sister Uma was married to veteran Hindi Film actor Prem Chopra. His brothers Rajendra Nath and Narendra Nath were also actors who mostly appeared in comic and supporting roles. He was also a close friend of the actress Asha Parekh. He died of a heart attack in 1992 at the age of 65, just 18 days before his 66th birthday.
Premnath made his film debut in Ajit (1948), opposite Monica Desai, which was one of the first colour films. He got major roles in Raj Kapoor's first directorial film Aag, and Barsaat (1949) which was his first major success. In 1951, Nath starred opposite Madhubala in Badal, which was a big box office success. Premnath went on to appear in many films for the next three decades, some of which were the biggest blockbusters in Indian film history. The films in which he played the leading role failed to do well, but the films in which he played the central villain role or supporting role were some of the biggest blockbusters in Indian film history.
Some his most notable films were Aan (1952), Teesri Manzil (1966), Johny Mera Naam (1970), Tere Mere Sapne (1971), Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974), Dharmatma (1975), Kalicharan (1976) and Desh Premee (1982). He also starred in the religious Punjabi film Sat Sri Akal (1977). He earned Filmfare nominations as Best Supporting Actor for: Shor (1972), Bobby (1973), Amir Garib (1974) and Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974).
Apart from Hindi films, he also appeared in an episode of the American television series Maya in 1967 and a 1969 American film titled Kenner opposite former American football player turned actor Jim Brown. He starred in a number of Punjabi films such as Sat Sri Akal (1977). He also directed the film Samundar (1957) for his home production house P. N. films, which was its only production. His last film appearance was in Hum Dono (1985) after which he retired from acting.
|1947||Daulat Ke Liye|
|1951||Awaara||Cameo Appearance, in song "naiyya teri majhdhar..", Uncredited|
|1954||Prisoner of Golconda|
|1958||Son of Sinbad|
|1959||Forty Days||Shankarlal Saxena|
|1961||Sara Jahan Hamara|
|1963||Shaheed Bhagat Singh|
|1964||Main Jatti Punjab Di||Pujabi Movie|
|1966||Sher E Afghan|
|1966||Amrapali||Magadh Senpati Veer|
|1966||Pyar Mohabbat||Senapati Uday Kumar Singh|
|1967||Mera Bhai Mera Dushman||Prem|
|1967||Rustam Sohrab||Rustam Sohrab|
|1967||Baharon Ke Sapne||Mr. Kapoor|
|1968||Balram Shri Krishna||Arjun|
|1969||Kamasutra - Vollendung der Liebe|
|1969||Sati Sulochana||Ravanputra Meghnath / Indrajeet|
|1970||Johny Mera Naam||Ranjit / Rai Sahib Bhupendra Singh|
|1970||The Evil Within||Krishna|
|1971||Tere Mere Sapne||Seth Madhochand|
|1972||Shor||Khan Badshah||Nominated for 1972 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1972||Rani Mera Naam|
|1972||Raja Jani||Diwan Gajendra Singh|
|1972||Mom Ki Gudiya||Vakil Uncle|
|1972||Gora Aur Kala||Prithvi Singh|
|1972||Do Bachche Dus Haath||Captain Saab|
|1973||Bobby||Jack Braganza||Nominated for 1973 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1973||Nafrat||CBI Inspector Kumar|
|1974||Amir Garib||Daulatram||Nominated for 1974 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1974||Roti Kapda Aur Makaan||Harnam Singh||Nominated for 1974 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1974||Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye||Mangal Singh|
|1974||Ishk Ishk Ishk||Pahar|
|1974||Chattan Singh||Chattaan Singh / Sher Singh|
|1975||Dharam Karam||Shankar Dada|
|1975||Rani Aur Lalpari||Yamraj|
|1975||Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty||Imandar Pauwala|
|1976||Dus Numbri||Inspector Jaichand|
|1976||Jai Bajrang Bali||Lankeshwar Shri Ravan|
|1976||Bajrangbali||Lankeshwar Shri Ravan|
|1976||Nehle pe Dehla||General|
|1976||Aap Beati||Bajrang Bahadur|
|1977||Yaaron Ka Yaar||Nathu|
|1977||The Little Gospel of St. Thomas|
|1977||Videsh||Swami Prem Baba / Girdharilal Kapoor|
|1977||Thief of Baghdad||Abu Jangar|
|1977||Shirdi Ke Sai Baba||Som Dev|
|1977||Sat Sri Akal||Punjabi Film|
|1977||Farishta Ya Qatil|
|1977||Do Chehere||Qawaali Singer / INSP|
|1977||Chandi Sona||Lord Mayor Jojo|
|1977||Chala Murari Hero Banne||Himself|
|1978||Rahu Ketu||Collector Rahu Nath|
|1978||Shalimar||Raja Bahadur Singh|
|1978||Heeralaal Pannalaal||Inspector Prem Lal|
|1979||Gautam Govinda||Dharam Dutt|
|1979||Dhongee||John Lord / Gurkha Bahadur|
|1982||Eent Ka Jawab Patthar||Sevakram|
|1982||Desh Premee||Puthu Anna|
|1983||Farz Ki Keemat|
|1984||The Gold Medal||Thakur Ranvir Singh|
|1985||Hum Dono||Lata's Father||Final Film Role|
- Directed films
- Samundar (1957), only film for P. N. Films, home production.
- Maya TV series (1 episode, 1967)
Awards and nominations
- 1973 – Filmfare Nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Shor
- 1974 – Filmfare Nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Bobby
- 1975 – Filmfare Nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Roti Kapda Aur Makaan
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