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Some of the laughter has gone out of the world with Mehmood's death.

Comedian Mehmood's introduction to show business came early in life. One of the large brood sired by Mumtaz Ali (a well-known actor from the Bombay Talkies studio), Mehmood hungered for attention and success. So when opportunities came his way, he sank his teeth into his roles with unfettered gusto.

Starring as a popular funny man in a string of successes from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s (Sasural, Ziddi, Aankhen, Padosan, Do Phool), Mehmood was for years the film industry's veritable mirth machine.

rediff.com pays tribute to Mehmood's comic genius.

Text: Dinesh Raheja
Design: Uday Kuckian

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