Saturday, April 4, 2020





His real name was Mohan Makhijany (1938-2010 ). He was born at Karachi ( Sindh) and  landed in Mumbai film world to be known as Mac Mohan . He assisted Chetan Anand while he was shooting Haqeeqat .With the release of  SHOLAY in 1975, he came to be known as *SAMBHA world over. Mac Mohan is perhaps the only actor in the history of Indian cinema to become famous for three words, “Poore Pachaas Hazaar,” (Full fifty thousands ) uttered on-screen. That was his response to Gabbar Singh’s (Amjad Khan) poser: “Arre o Sambha! Kitna inaam rakhe hai sarkar hum par?”

Having acted in about 200 movies , he was also approached by some Hollywood directors  and acted in  one movie while  some other  projects did not materialze.Mac Mohan as he was known in most of his films , also acted  in almost all regional movies as also in one Spanish and a Russian movie.
He was a simple man  with a flair for plying cricket. Mac Mohan was maternal uncle to actress Raveena Tandon.

Adds Raveena :-

“Mohan mama was my favourite uncle and it was he who gave me the pet name Munmun. Whenever he travelled anywhere, he would always bring some gift for me. Never did it happen that he went to  some place and return without a present for me. Since he was a bachelor for the longest time, we were all very thrilled when he got married. I remember dancing the most at his wedding ceremony. Even though he played a bad man in a majority of the movies he acted in, Mohan mama was one of the kindest and gentlest souls I’ve ever known. The words, ‘He’d never hurt even a fly’ fit him perfectly. At the same time, he was also honest and noble, full of sincerity and integrity. And in contrast to his serious image, he was full of joie de vivre, and the life of every party. Considering his image, resulting from the characters he played on screen, people would be very surprised to see that he was not only kind and generous in real life, but also very helpful and compassionate towards others. For someone who played a villain in the movies, in real life, he was a hero for many people. “


Tej Sapru is an Indian TV and film actor and  son of  stalwart   Hindi cinema actor  Sapru ( Daya krishen Sapru original kashmiri name  ).Tej happens to be the  brother of  Priti Sapru and  Reema Sapru /Reema RakeshNath . Priti is well known Punjabi actress while  Reema is a  noted script and screen play writer from Bollywood. Tej is an affectionate and  caring Mamu(Teju Maamu ) to his nephews and nieces  and  a friendly and good at heart person  like Mac Mohan.
 Tej has acted in about 100 movies while his Popular TV shows  are Qubool Hai ,Palampur Express ,Saat Phere and Chandergupt Maurya .Tej is happily  married to Dhan Lakshmi  sister of noted actress Rekha. He was seen with Kiran Kumar in OM ALLAH while in  comedy FAUJ MEIN MAUJ his co star was   Rajpal Yadav.

(Avtar Mota)

There  is a story connected to word" Sambha." Salim Khan  is reported to have insisted  upon  Javed Akhtar (Salim Javed duo ) to introduce two words Sambha and Ramgarh in the story which they wrote for blockbuster  SHOLAY.Salim Khan's wife or Salman khan's real mother is from a Charak  Rajput family hailing from a village in between Ramgarh and Sambha in Jammu . The names of these villages were frequently mentioned by Salim Khan''s wife and consequently were very popular in the family. Salim immortalised both the names through Sholay.

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