Mehmood in a still from Main Sundar Hoon (1971).

Main Sundar Hoon was a remake of 1964 Tamil hit film ‘Server Sundaram’ and was released in year 1971. It had Leena Chadravarkar and Biswajeet as main lead actors and Mehmood was cast as Sundar, a waiter who later becomes a celebrity. It was a very simple and realistic performance by Mehmood and earned him a nomination at Filmfare Awards in best comedy category. Although it was not a blockbuster hit, it was a decent hit and was appreciated by critics.

In the Tamil original, Mehmood’s role was played by Nagesh and the film established Nagesh as an actor and not just a comedian and made him a legend of Tamil cinema.

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