About Mehboob Studio
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Mehboob Studios was set-up by Mehboob Khan in 1954 to facilitate the production houses needs and to cater to the growing demands for quality facilities to shoot films in Bollywood. Situated on 20,000 square yards of plush seaside land in Bandra, the heart of greater Bombay, this studio soon became a favorite with some of the leading filmmakers of the time. Despite the trends in those times of renting bungalows and going to actual locales for shoot, Mehboob Studios continued to flourish because of its easily accessible location.
Mehboob followed Andaz with Aan, Amar, Awaaz and Paisa Hi Paisa. It was in 1957 that Mehboob came out with a snazzier remake of his earlier Auratin the form of Mother India. This classic movie went on to be nominated for the Oscars and shot Mehboob into the stars. It also made Nargis a national superstar and established the careers of the budding Raj Kumar and Sunil Dutt. Mother India was the pinnacle of Mehboob's movie-making life in Bollywood.
He tried to follow it up with another mega spectacle - Son of India - made with great expectations. But Son of India failed miserably and it was the last movie Mehboob made. Mehboob died in 1964, within two years of Son of India's release, at the age of 56 having directed 22 films in his Bollywood life.
The studio continues to bear testimony to the towering persona of
its legendary founder. With 5 huge shooting stages and a recording
theatre, the studio is to this day a hub of activity round the clock
and the studio is booked to full capacity. Inheriting the proud legacy
of one of the most eclectic and technically advanced moviemaker of
his times, Mehboob, the studio has been witness to the struggle and
success of many a legends who started out in this movie capital with
nothing but hope and dreams. Among the stars brought forth by Mehboob
Studios and Mehboob Productions were Chandramohan, Motilal, Ashok
Kumar, Nadira, Nargis, Nimmi, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar and Raj Kumar.
On the technical side the evergreen musical genius Naushad and director
of photography Faredoon A Irani were an integral part of Mehboob Production
banner. Mehboob Studios was also a favorite with movie makers like
Dev Anand and Gurudutt.
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