To Mehmood, with love: Amitabh Bachchan to pay tribute to comedy legend

A tribute to the legendary comedian will be flagged off by Amitabh Bachchan next month

This year marks the 10th death anniversary of actor Mehmood. To mark the occasion, his brother, yesteryear film producer Anwar Ali, is hosting a week-long screening of the legendary comedian’s popular film, Bombay to Goa in the city. Flagging off the event will be superstar Amitabh Bachchan who also starred in the film.


The film will be showcased during the second week of April at select PVR screens. The screening is part of an elaborate tribute spanning nine months. The first event in this series was a comedy evening helmed by Vir Das and radio legend Ameen Sayani earlier this year.

Mehmood in a still from Bombay to Goa and Anwar Ali
Mehmood in a still from Bombay to Goa and Anwar Ali

Anwar says that they decided to screen only Bombay To Goa as it is an iconic film that holds relevance in today’s times as well. “It will be a delight to watch the film on the big screen after a gap of more than four decades. We’re glad that Amitabh Bachchan will be flagging off the week-long screenings,” he says.

But he adds that they also want to screen other Mehmood starrers. “But we are still in discussions about that,” says Anwar.

For old times’ sake

Mehmood was not only a friend but also a mentor to Amitabh Bachchan in his early days in the industry.

Amitabh Bachchan

In fact, the comedian-actor offered him a place to stay in his residence during the latter’s struggling days. Later on, when Mehmood turned producer with Bombay to Goa, he offered Big B his first lead role.

  • MICKEY NIVELLI22-Mar-2014

    LEGENDARY COMEDIAN MEHMOOD'S unknown fact is that his first major role was in Filmistan's ABHIMAAN Directed by Mahesh Kaul. I was an assistant and was asked to bring Mehmood over for the negotiations. I remember going to his very small Malad house and meeting him with his first wife Madhuri (Meena Kumari's) younger sister. Mahesh Kaul rewarded me with a cameo role in the movie singing and dancing with Sheila Vaaz on the Mohammed Rafi song "Chali Jawani thokar khaaney duniya key bazaar mein". I wore a turban, and had a harmonium hanging from my neck. Before ABHIMAAN Mehmood and I worked as extras in another one of Filmistan's movie titled HEER starring Nutan and Pradeep Kumar. Feels nice to sit in my New York apartment and remember those days.

  • MSNS23-Mar-2014

    I am not a celebrity, but yes, the FAN of a LEGENDARY COMEDIAN MEHMOOD and will be waiting for the screening of the legendary comedian’s popular film, Bombay to Goa.

  • Dr.A.V.Balakrishna22-Mar-2014

    I do not know whether the present generation has ever tasted the wealth,glory,professionalism and glamor that the Bollywood enjoyed during 50/60/70's.The era can never be repeated.Mehmood was my all time favorite for any reason.He doesn't have to act.Merely his presence would kick start delight and humor of spectators.These days actors have to say that it is a joke and leave options to audience whether they can laugh!Bombay to Goa was a hit in those days followed by Gumnam and Padosan. NJ/USA

  • Prafull22-Mar-2014

    The picture above that says Mehmood,seems more likely to be his brother Anwar. Anyways,Nobody and I mean Nobody can do what Mehmood did in Ek chatur naar,badi hoshiyaar. His expressions in that song are priceless. I have to mention Kishore Kumar also in that song.

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