Bollywood multihyphenate Tahir Hussain, who produced 1970s hits such as “Caravan,” died Tuesday in Mumbai, India, following a heart attack. He was the father of thesp Aamir Khan (“Lagaan”).
He mostly produced films directed by his older brother Nasir Hussain. Tahir Hussain, who started out as an assistant director on brother Nasir’s Shammi Kapoor hits “Tumsa nahin dekha” (1957) and “Dil deko dekho” (1959), segued to producing with 1969’s “Pyar ka mausam.” With the combination of catchy songs and starry casts such as Kapoor and Asha Parekh, who were at the pinnacle of their careers at the time, many of the brothers’ films were hits. These included “Caravan,” 1963’s “Phir wohi dil laya hoon,” 1966’s “Teesri manzil,” 1969’s “Pyar ka mausum” and 1975’s “Zakhmee.” He also produced “Anamika,” (1973) toplined by Jaya Bhaduri and Sanjeev Kumar.
Tahir Hussain even directed son Aamir and Juhi Chawla in “Tum mere ho” (1990), but despite their being B.O. darlings the film was a disappointment. His last outing was 1994’s “Madhosh.”
Besides Khan, survivors include another actor son, Faisal Khan; daughters Farhat and Nikhat Khan, a producer and costume designer; and grandson Imran Khan.