K. Asif

K. Asif

Infobox actor
name = K. Asif
birthdate = June 14, 1924
birthplace = Etawah, Uttar Pradesh IND
deathdate = March 9, 1971
deathplace = Bombay, Maharashtra IND
othername = Karimuddin Asif
spouse = Akhtar Asif (sister of Dilip Kumar)
occupation = Film director
yearsactive = 1945 - 1986
imdb_id = 0039339

K. Asif (June 14, 1924 - March 9, 1971) was a film director, film producer and screenwriter who was famous for his work for the Urdu epic motion picture, "Mughal-e-Azam" (1960).

Early life

Asif was born Karimuddin Asif (کریم الدین اصف) in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh. His directorial debut, "Phool" (1945), did very well at the box-office due to the casting of and portrayals by famous actors and actresses of the time such as Prithviraj Kapoor, Durga Khote and Suraiya.


In 1944, Asif planned to make a film called "Mughal-e-Azam" based on the life and times of Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great's court dancer, Anarkali, with Chandramohan in the male lead and the then upcoming actress Nargis in the female lead. However, in 1946, before the production of the film could begin, the male lead, Chandramohan, died.

At that time, Asif temporarily shelved the film until further notice. He produced his next venture, the film "Hulchul", and released it in 1951. At that time, Asif recasted "Mughal-e-Azam" with Dilip Kumar in the male lead and Madhubala in the female lead and began the production of the film in the same year. In 1960, after nine years in production, "Mughal-e-Azam" was released and became a huge hit at packed cinema houses across India. With this film, Asif attain legendary status despite having only worked in three productions so far. After the release and success of "Mughal-e-Azam", Asif planned yet another motion picture called "Love and God", his first directorial venture to be made completely in color, and began production. The film was to star Guru Dutt in the male lead and Nimmi in the female lead. However, in 1964, when lead actor Guru Dutt died, shooting came to a halt. Then, Asif recast Sanjeev Kumar in the male lead and resumed production of the film. During the production of the film, K. Asif died on March 9, 1971 at the age of 47 and the film was abandoned. In 1986, Asif's widow, Akhtar Asif revived the film and it was released in incomplete form.



* "Phool" (1945)
* Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
* "Love and God" (1986)


* "Hulchul" (1951)
* "Mughal-e-Azam" (1960)


* "Mughal-e-Azam" (1960) (screenplay)

External links

*imdb|0039339|K. Asif

NAME= Asif, K.
DATE OF BIRTH= June 14, 1924
PLACE OF BIRTH= Etawah, Uttar Pradesh IND
DATE OF DEATH= March 9, 1971
PLACE OF DEATH= Bombay, Maharashtra IND

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