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Umesh Mehra Rajesh Mehra Rajiv Mehra

Born, so to say in the film world, Umesh Mehra has been actively involved in over 25 of the 38 films produced by the Eagle Films banner. The company was established in 1953 by F.C. Mehra; father of Umesh, and a noted film producer, distributor and owner of Cinemas and Studios in both Bombay and Delhi.

To learn the techniques of acting and direction Umesh studied under Gajanand Jagirdar,

Mr. UMESH MEHRA
 

getting a first class in acting, and Shammi Kapoor whom he assisted in Manoranjan (1974) and Bundlebaaz (1976). The qualities of a poetess mother and a business man father, the positive approach and sensitivity saw him through to his first independent venture “HAMARE TUMHARE” (1977) which he directed for his EAGLE FILMS and father F.C.Mehra. Here he handled a galaxy of stalwarts like Sanjeev Kumar, Rakhee, Amjad Khan, Mehmood besides seven young children. At that time he was 24 years.

Almost immediately work began on a major production “ALIBABA AND FORTY THIEVES” an Indo Soviet co-production, which won the Best Film Award in the Chekz Film Festival in the year 1980. The film was highly acclaimed in the Tashkent Film Festival besides being a “Silver Jubilee” i.e. a continuous run of 25 weeks in All Major Centers All over India. Even today it is in the Top Five grosser of all time in Soviet history.

Ever since he has continued presenting at least one film every year. Over the years he has been instrumental in giving a break to many actors, technicians: Anil Kapoor in Hamare Tumhare, Mohnish Behl , Rakesh Bedi, Gulshan Grover, Anu Malik, Ila Arun, Saif Ali Khan, Mamta Kulkarni. At the same time he has made films with practically every top star of India. His last two films ‘Sabse Bada Khiladi’ and ‘Khiladion Ka Khiladi’ have catapulated Akshay Kumar in the top league and seen the return of actress Rekha in a dazzling award winning performance.His film “Qila” project in1998 with the legendary Dilip Kumar, Rekha, Mukul Dev,Mamta Kulkarni and others, and was completed in the record time and remains as the last film by the thespian. 1999 was a return to the “Khiladi” series with the action thriller “International Khiladi”. The year 2002 saw him make yet another co – production with Uzbekistan in “Ye Mohabat Hai”, a love story introducing once again a new star pair.

As an Actor he has performed the role of Chandragupta Murya in Sharukh Khan / Kareena Kapoor / Santosh Sivan filmAshoka”; besides a small cameo in Eagle Films “Charhi Jawani Budde Nu”
 
He is the Managing Director of Eagle Films Pvt.Ltd and the company entered into an agreement to co-produce “Ashes to Ashes” with Goldie Hawn, besides producing TV show “LOC- Life out of Control”; “KASME VAADE” for Star TV and “NAYA OFFICE- OFFICE” for STAR ONE; “FULL TOSS” for ESPN and “OFFICE OFFICE –The Movie” with Vistaar Religare; the film is scheduled to release in 2009.

Also an LOI has been signed in May, 2009 for co-production of a film with WEGA Films (Austria) and Advice Films in Germany, based on a script titled “Waltz on the Raga” written by Umesh Mehra & Dorothea Nuremburg.

Umesh is a Member of the prestigious United Films Forum; the Film & Television Producers Guild of India; the Film Writers Association of India; the Film Directors Association of India. As part of the Indian Delegation he has attended the Moscow Film Festival; the Toronto Film Festival; the Thai Film Exposition; the delegation to Valencia (Spain).

He has served as Jury Member in the Tashkent International Film Festival, 1998 Film- Fare Awards ; The Rose D”OR Awards in Lucerne 2009 and selection panel of Film and Television Institute of India.

 
FILMS DIRECTED BY UMESH MEHRA
Hamaare Tumhare (1979)
1.

Hamare Tumhare
(26 January 1977)

Romantic family comedy involving his four children and her three children and the drama of the two families coming together.

Starring: Sanjeev Kumar, Rakhee, Prem Kishan, Anil Kapoor, Amjad Khan.
Alibaba Aur 40 Chor (1980)
2.

Alibaba And Forty Thieves
(28 May 1980)

Multistarrer big budget action fantasy made with Soviet collaboration had huge commercial and artistic success.

Starring: Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Zeenat Aman

Ashanti (1982)
3. Ashanti
(10 May1982)

Fast paced action thriller with the top three heroines of India in action and blazing guns.

Starring: Rajesh Khanna, Shabana Azmi, Parveen Babi, Zeenat Aman, Mithun Chakraborty, Amrish Puri.
Sohni Mahiwal (1984)
4.

Sohini Mahiwal
(21 June 1984)
(INDO-SOVIET COPRODUCTION)

A poem of love.
Legendary love story set in 18 century, truly a poetry on celluloid  - a musical love story.

Starring: Sunny Deol, Poonam Dhillon, Pran, Gulshan Grover.

 
5.

Teri Bahon Mein
(21 June1984)

Adventure teenage love story in the backdrop of the stormy Andaman Islands.

Starring: Mohnish Behl, Ayesha Dutt, Navin Nischel etc
Jaal (1986)
6. Jaal
(13 February1986)

The trap – a suspense thriller in feudal India the revenge of a wounded woman.

Starring: Mithun Chakraborty, Mandakini, Rekha, Jitendra, Moon Moon Sen, Amrit Pal, Gulshan Grover.
7. Avinash
(12 December 1986)

Inspired by Bourne Identity – story of a police officer who loses his memory and his fight to get his true identity.

Starring: Mithun Chakraborty, Poonam Dhillon, Parveen Babi, Prem Chopra.
 
8. Kasam
(15 April 1988)

The narcotics trade means death to many, but is the only means of livelihood to the people in the mountains who grow it, story of a man who wants to bring these people into the mainstream of society.

Starring: Anil Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon, Pran, Gulshan Grover.
9. Vardi
(6 January 1989)

A multistarcast cop and robbers drama of friendship love and sacrifice.

Starring: Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Kimi Katkar, Madhuri Dixit, Dharmendra, Kader Khan.
10. Guru
(24 February 1989)

Adaptation of a South Indian hit into Hindi; journey of a street-smart hero to the top of a crime syndicate.

Starring: Mithun Chakraborty, Sridevi, Nutan, etc.
Mujrim (Hindi / Bangla) (1989)

11.

Mujrim
(27 July 1989)

Dramatic conflict of mother and son – a child who became a criminal protecting his mother from rape and his journey from the slums to the rich mansions opposed all the time by his mother.

Starring: Mithun Chakraborty, Madhuri Dixit, Amrish Puri, Gulshan Grover, Shakti Kapoor, Pallavi Joshi.
Shikari: The Hunter (Hindi / Telgu) (1991)
12. Shikari
(11 April 1991)

The famed Russian Circus; love story of a Indian street performer, his elephant and a beautiful Russian Circus girl and her bear.

Starring: Mithun Chakraborty, Varsh Uzgaonkar, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri, Gulshan Grover.

Aashik Aaware (1993)
13.

Aashik Awara
(25 July 1993)

Introducing a new love pair in a musical love story of a vagabond and a princess.

Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Mamta Kulkarni, Sayed Jaffery, Mohnish Behl.
Yaar Gaddar (1994)
14.

Yaar Gaddar
(19 November 1994)

A group of white collared criminals commit a bank robbery and caught in the midst are two brothers – one is a cop.
Starring: Mithun Chakraborty, Saif Ali Khan, Somi Ali, Gulshan Grover, Prem Chopra
15. Sabse Bada Khiladi
(17 June 1995)

The first in a series of three films with the ‘Khiladi’ (‘topgun’) name, a unique blend of big action, comedy suspense and great music.

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Mamta Kulkarni, Mohnish Behl, Sadashiv Amrapurkar.
16. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi
14 June 1996)

The second in the series, an even bigger film, shot extensively in Canada using the wrestling ring and fight unto death.

Starring: Rekha, Akshay Kumar, Raveena Tondon, Gulshan Grover, etc.
Qila (1998)
17. Qila
(8 April 1998)

Fortress of a family’s honor a tale of modern and feudal India a suspense thriller starring the legendary Dilip Kumar – the equivalent of Hollywood’s Marlon Brando.

Starring: Dilip Kumar, Rekha, Mukul Dev, Mamta Kulkarni, Gulshan Grover.
18. International Khiladi
( 26 March 1999)

Suspense thriller of an International Mafia Don and a budding T.V. reporter.

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna, Gulshan Grover etc.
Yeh Mohabbat Hai (2002)
19. Ye Mohabbat Hai
(8 Feb 2002)

Shot in the ancient city of Khiva (Uzbekistan) a modern day love story against the backdrop of terrorism, introducing a young new lead pair.

Starring: Rahul Bhatt, Akansha, Danny Danzongpa, Sadashiv Ambarpurkar, Gulshan Grover
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