'Nadiya Ke Paar' Director Moonis Passes Away

'Nadiya Ke Paar' Director Moonis Passes Away
Veteran film personality Govind Moonis, who had directed Hindi movies like Nadiya Ke Paar, passed away here on Wednesday due to old age.

He was 80, family sources said.

Moonis started his film career as an assistant to noted filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak in the early 1950s with Nagarik.

Later, he came to Mumbai in 1953 and assisted Satyen Bose in all his films, first as an assistant to him and then as a dialogue, screenplay writer and occasionally as a lyricist.

These movies include Jagriti, Bandish, Masoom, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Dosti for which Moonis got the Filmfare award as the best dialogue writer.

Other movies were Aasra, Mere Lal, Raat Aur Din, Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool, Jeevan Mrityu.

Besides, he has also written dialogue for Uphar and some films for Rajshri Productions, who then gave Moonis the opportunity to direct their Nadiya Ke Paar. The same movie, decades later, was remade as Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, one of the biggest blockbusters of Bollywood.

Earlier, he had directed one Bhojpuri film called Mitwa.

Among his other directorial ventures were Sasural, Bandhan Baahon Ka, and Babu.

Moonis also wrote screenplay for television series. His last film as dialogue writer was Dil Churaya Aapne, which is yet to be released.

The last movie directed by Govind Moonis is a Bhojpuri film Ganga Jaisan Pawan Piritiya Hamar.

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