Date of birth : 1938-04-24
Date of death : 2010-05-10
Birthplace : Karachi, Sindh, British India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-08
Mohan Makijany popularly known as Mac Mohan, was a well-known Indian character actor in Hindi language films. Although, Mac Mohan acted in over 190 films and remained popular as a villain through the 1970s and 1980s with films like Don, Karz, Satte Pe Satta, Zanjeer, Rafoo Chakkar, Shaan and Khoon Pasina, he is mostly remembered for his role of Sambha, the sidekick of dacoit Gabbar Singh in Ramesh Sippy's blockbuster Sholay (1975).
Mohan was born in Karachi in British India state. Mohan came to Bombay with the intention to become a cricketer, but here, he joined theatre and finally became a Bollywood actor. He learned acting in the Filmalaya School of Acting in Bombay.
Mac Mohan started his Hindi film career as an assistant with director Chetan Anand, before making his debut as an actor in his film, Haqeeqat in 1964. He had acted in more than 190 films. He was mostly known for his role of Sambha in Ramesh Sippy's popular film Sholay in 1975, apart from Zanjeer, Don, Shaan and Satte Pe Satta. His last appearance was in Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge as 'guest appearance'.
Besides Hindi movies, he also acted in the films in a number of other Indian languages, which include Punjabi, Haryanvi, Sindhi, Gujarati and Marathi. He had delivered dialogue in almost all Indian languages except Oriya. He also acted in English, Russian and Spanish films.
In November 2009, a day before he could start the shooting for Ashwini Dheer's Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?, he was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Andheri in Mumbai after his health detoriated. He had a tumour in the right lung, and died of lung cancer on 10 May 2010. Asian Academy Of Film & Television had a special prayer meeting on 14 May at Noida Film City. There was also a prayer meeting (chautha) on the 14th of May 2010 at Ajivasan Hall for family and friends, and from the oldest of his spot boys to Amitabh Bachchan attended the prayer meeting to pay their respect.
Mac Mohan married Minny in 1986 and they had two daughters, Vinati and Manjari and a son, Vikrant. He was also the maternal uncle of actress Raveena Tandon. He was also Sunil Dutt's classmate in Lucknow from where he hailed.
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