Remembering yesteryears actor Suresh on his 38th death anniversary.

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Suresh (13 November 1928–14 July 1979) (real name: Naseem Ahmed), also known as N.A. Suresh, was an actor in Bollywood, who was born in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India. He acted in Hindi/Hindustani films from 1929 to 1979.

In the 1950s he was cast as a leading actor opposite the main heroines of those times, including Madhubala, Suraiya, Vyjayanthimala, and a Geeta Bali. He was chosen as a hero by producer/director A.R. Kardar in many of his films, including ‘Dulari’ (1949) opposite Madhubala, ‘Jadoo’ (1951) opposite Nalini Jaywant,’Deewana’ (1952) opposite Suraiya and Yasmin (1955 film) opposite Vyjantimala. In Qaidi (1957 film) Padmini (actress) was his heroine and in ‘Teen Ustad’ (1961), he teamed up with Ameeta, as his heroine. Shyama acted as the female lead and Suresh was the hero of ‘Char Chand’(1953). Suresh and Nigar Sultana (actress) were the leading pair of ‘Rishta’(1954) and Suresh and Usha Kiran acted as hero and heroine of ‘Dost’(1954).

For two years, Suresh went to Pakistan and acted in two films in 1950 and 1951, but then returned to India soon after.

After 1961, he could not achieve the high level of stardom, he had reached till 1955. He acted in supporting roles of films like ‘Love Marriage’, ‘Mere Humsafar’, ‘Dillagi’, ‘Brahmachari’, ‘Parde Ke Peechay’ and many more.

He acted in over 55 films. He produced a film ‘Ganga aur Sooraj’(1980), starring Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor, Reena Roy, which over-ran its budget, because of the ill health of its original main villain, Anwar Hussain and rendered Suresh considerably weak financially. The film was released in 1980, after his death in 1979, aged 50.

He is remembered for his role in ‘Dulari’ (1949), especially in the song ‘Suhani raat dhal chuki’ by Mohammed Rafi.

The picture here is the lobby card of his film “Sher E Afghan” & he is with actress Nishi.

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