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Navin Nischol was popular Indian television and film actor. He made his debut in the year 1970 with the film Sawan Bhadon which was a hit at the box office. He was also referred to as the "poor man's Rajesh Khanna" (an inferior copy of the much-more-in-demand Rajesh Khanna). He acted in superhit films such as Victoria No. 203 in 1972 and Dhund in1973. Navin Nischol in his later years had done many television serials. Navin Nischol died of a cardiac arrest on 19th March 2011.
Navin Nischol was born on 11th April 1946 in Lahore (now in Pakistan) and had done his schooling from Bangalore Military School. Navin Nischol was married twice. His first marriage was with Neelu Kapur, Shekhar Kapur's sister. The couple has a daughter named Natasha, who is a famous makeup artiste in the Indian film industry. Neelu ended their marriage when she found that Navin was having an affair with Padmini Kapila. His second marriage was with Geetanjali. His second marriage also ran into trouble when his wife Geetanjali alleged harassment by him and his family. Geetanjali on 24th April 2006 hanged herself at her residence leaving behind a letter blaming Navin and his brother Pravin for her death.
A gold medalist from Film and Television Institute of India, Navin Nischol became a well known actor with hits like Dhund, Hanste Zakhm, Woh Main Nahin Buddha Mil Gaya and Victoria No. 203. Navin Nischol made his debut in the Hindi film industry with the film Saawan Bhadon in 1970. The movie also saw the debut of Ranjeet, Rekha, Jayshree T and Roopesh Kumar. Some of his popular films include Buddha Mil Gaya (1971, Parwana (1971),Sansar (1971), Ek Se Badhkar Ek (1976, The Burning Train (1980),Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006),Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005) and Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001). His last movie was Break Ke Baad in 2010.
Navin Nischol, more than his acting became famous for his chocolate boy image and for his songs like Raat kali jab khwab mein aayi (Buddha Mil Gaya), Kaan mein jhumka (Sawan Bhadon), Tum jo mil gaye ho (Hanste Zakhm) and Simti si sharmaisi (Parwana). Navin started doing character roles later in his career and also has done several television serials like Farman, Rishte-Naate (1980), Dekh Bhai Dekh (1993) and Daal Mein Kala (1998). He acted in the Punjabi films like Aasra Pyar Da in 1983 and Mahaul Theek Hai in1999.
Navin Nischol died of a cardiac arrest on 19 March 2011, he was traveling to Pune to pick up his friend Randhir Kapoor. He was 65 years old at the time of his demise. His last rites were performed at the Santacruz crematorium in Mumbai. Film personalities like Manmohan Shetty, Govind Nihalani, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Prakash Jha came to pay their last respect to the actor.
Words and Wishes:
"I had directed Navin in Aa Ab Laut Chalein. A goodlooking man and a good human being. Very cultured and a great conversationalist. I bumped into him after ages at the Otters Club on Friday night. I don't frequent Otters Club. So in hindsight it all seems providential. The next morning he was supposed to drive with producer Gawa (Gurdeep Singh) and my brother Daboo (Randhir Kapoor) to Pune to spend a quiet Holi there. But before Gawa and Navin could reach Daboo, Navin asked Gawa to lower AC in the car. Then he just slumped and died... Just like that! It's too shocking and sad."
"He was a regular at my dear friend Manmohan Shetty's parties. A really softpoken and cultured man. It is sad that his career didn't take off again after Khosla Ka Ghosla."
"He was an effortless actor, superb technically. He had a pickled sense of humour. He had been through all the turns of life that an actor could possibly experience. My misfortune that I couldn't work with him again. I dearly wanted to."
"He was a thorough gentleman. A very warm person. I had wonderful conversations with him. He shared stories of past films and filmmakers with me. I'd just listen to him as enraptured as a child hearing fairytales. In the evening of his life he wanted to share his experiences. I feel privileged I spent evenings hearing him talk about the past. I think I'm a richer human being because of those evenings with Navinji."
"I remember Navin fondly. He was an underrated actor who had a very good voice and flawless diction both of which are rare. His performance in Lekh Tandon's Ek Baar Kaho is gentle, sophisticated and memorable. He used to often reminisce about his overnight stardom and the cruelty with which it was snatched away. It made him sometimes bitter, sometimes philosophical but he came to terms with it and moved on. His performance in Nagesh Kukoonoor's film Bollywood Calling as an aging filmstar was very moving. My condolences to the family."
Daughter: Natasha Nischol and Nomita Nischol
Brother: Praveen Nischol
(FAN OF Mr. NAVIN NISCHOL)
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