Remembering Navin Nischol
The fact that he was a gold medalist from Film and Television Institute of India gave Navin Nischol enough confidence to try his luck in the Hindi film industry.
With his strapping good looks and romantic hero persona, it wasn't all that hard to do and the star enjoyed a rather impressive first few years.
Although he couldn't sustain that level of popularity for too long, Nischol was pragmatic enough to make a switch from leading man of ho-hum films to supporting roles in meaty dramas.
Bollywood lost the affable looking actor on March 19. Rediff.com pays a tribute to the veteran by listing some of the highlights of his career.
Image: Navin Nischol
This 1970 over-the-top musical potboiler marked Nischol's debut, along with Rekha, in Hindi films.
Sawan Bhadon is best remembered for a super-lean Nischol who shook a leg and wooed his memorably gawky heroine with the help of catchy ditties like Kaan mein jhumka, chaal mein thumka.
Despite the oddity of it all, the movie was a success.
Image: A scene from Sawan Bhadon
The duo starred together in Jyoti Swaroop's noir thriller, Parwana wherein Nischol plas Mr Nice Guy against Big B's baddie.
Image: A scene from Parwana
Buddha Mil Gaya
A fun 'n' thrill packed entertainer, Buddha Mil Gaya boasts of a mellifluous soundtrack by R D Burman, featuring enduring hits like Raat kali ek khwab mein, Bhali bhali si ek surat and Aayo kahan se Ghanshyam.
Image: A scene from Buddha Mil Gaya
Victoria No 203
Image: A scene from Victoria No 203
A taut whodunit, Dhund is one of the best woman-centric suspense dramas to come out of Bollywood in the swinging 70s.
Image: A scene from Dhund
Dekh Bhai Dekh
Nischol's television stint turned out to be way more successful than anyone had anticipated.
Anand Mahendru's droll family comedy, Dekh Bhai Dekh, produced by Jaya Bachchan, was an instant hit on Doordarshan.
Nischol's portrayal of a chilled-out, genial eldest son amidst the effervescent Diwans was universally appreciated.
Image: A scene from Dekh Bhai Dekh
A remarkable departure from all the sweet, patriarch roles, Nischol is, unfortunately, not cited as often he should be for his work here.
Image: A scene from Bollywood Calling
Khosla Ka Ghosla
Image: A scene from Khosla Ka Ghosla