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Wednesday, 13 March, 2002, 19:52 GMT
Bollywood's Nasir Hussain dies at 76
Mumbai
Hussain came to Bombay in the 1950s
Bollywood film maker Nasir Hussain has died in Bombay, India at the age of 76.

The man behind a series of hit musicals, he built his box office appeal on the heavy use of catchy, chart-topping music.

Hussain once joked that he had come to Bombay in the 1950s with just one script - and by re-working it again and again he had landed himself 11 super-hits.

He also founded a something of a film dynasty.

His son Mansoor Khan made his debut as a film director with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, which also starred Hussain's nephew, film star Aamir Khan, in his first leading role.

Romantic

Other hit films from the Nasir Hussain stable included Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Dil Deke Dekho and Teesri Manzil, all starring Shammi Kapoor.

The list of hits also includes Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Pyar Ka Mausam, Caravan and Yaadon Ki Baraat.

One of his films, Yaadon Ki Baraat, provided the romantic hit Chura Liya for singer Asha Bhosle.

The song later scored a hit again, after being re-mixed by British Asian music producer Bally Sagoo, while the 70s revival has spurred an interest in the original music itself.

Nasir Hussain will be greatly missed in the film industry.

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