Karimuddin Asif

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About Karimuddin Asif K. Asif (14 June 1922 – 9 March 1971) was a film director, film producer and screenwriter who was famous for his work for the Urdu epic motion picture, Mughal-e-Azam (1960).Early life Asif was born Karimuddin Asif (کریم الدین اصف) in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh. later, he studied at Aligarh Muslim University. Career His directorial debut, Phool (1945), did very well at the box-office due to the casting of and portrayals by famous actors and actresses of the time such as Prithviraj Kapoor, Durga Khote and Suraiya. In 1944, Asif planned to make a film called Mughal-e-Azam based on the life and times of Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great's court dancer, Anarkali, with Chandramohan in the male lead and the then upcoming actress Nargis in the female lead. However, in 1946, before the production of the film could begin, the male lead, Chandramohan, died. At that time, Asif temporarily shelved the film until further notice. He produced his next venture, the film Hulchul, and released it in 1951. At that time, Asif recasted Mughal-e-Azam with Dilip Kumar in the male lead and Madhubala in the female lead and began the production of the film in the same year. In 1960, after twelve years in production, Mughal-e-Azam was released and became a huge hit at packed cinema houses across India. With this film, Asif attain legendary status despite having only worked in three productions so far. After the release and success of Mughal-e-Azam, Asif planned yet another motion picture called Love and God, his first directorial venture to be made completely in color, and began production. The film was to star Guru Dutt in the male lead and Nimmi in the female lead. However, in 1964, when lead actor Guru Dutt died, shooting came to a halt. Then, Asif recast Sanjeev Kumar in the male lead and resumed production of the film. During the production of the film, K. Asif died on 9 March 1971 at the age of 47 and the film was abandoned. In 1986, Asif's widow, Akhtar Asif revived the film and it was released in an incomplete form.

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3. S.S. Rajamouli 8772
4. Dadasaheb Phalke 5977
5. Krishna Vamsi 4244
6. shankar 2155
7. Karimuddin Asif 1799
8. Rajkumar Hirani 1756
9. AR Murugadoss 1543
10. Bala 1522
11. Yash Raj Chopra 1505

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50. Hatem Ali 2037
51. Roman Polanski 1932
52. Dariush Mehrjui 1870
53. Najdat Anzour 1810
54. Karimuddin Asif 1799
55. Rajkumar Hirani 1756
56. Glauber Rocha 1702
57. Yahya Saade 1664
58. Pino Solanas 1613

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