Flipping through the pages of Indian cinema, no film researcher can deny the dominance of one man who had an indomitable funny bone, no matter what role he played, that of a hero, director, producer, or as an out-and-out comedian.
“Which comedian today is not inspired by Mehmood. I am one of them,” Vir Das reportedly said to the late comedian’s younger brother Anwar Ali during a recent encounter. In fact, one of India’s most popular stand up comedians, Vir will be paying a tribute to Mehmood before he begins one of his main performances today, as part of the on-going Weirdass Pajama comedy festival.
Mehmood’s younger brother Anwar Ali sees the tribute as a flag off of sorts for a series of events being planned throughout the year, that marks the late comedian’s 10th death anniversary.
“Starting January, upto September, (Mehmood’s birth month, and July his death anniversary month), we hope to host a series of events that will enable people to connect again to those magical moments of Mehmood bhai,” his family members tell us. While today’s tribute is on a comedy platform, the family hopes to rope in the film fraternity to pay a tribute to the late comedian at an upcoming films award ceremony too. Amin Sayani has also agreed to do a series on the radio dedicated to Mehmood.
But what has the family most excited perhaps is he plans for putting up medical camps.
“Mehmood bhai was passionate about social causes. We are also planning a series of health camps and hope to generate social awareness on certain health conditions,” they share.
So, are there also plans to host an auction of memorabilia, we ask. “Well, that would be a great idea!” they say.