Nazir Hussain, Father of Bhojpuri cinema was a soldier of Azad Hind Fauj

Nazir Hussain, a Azad Hind Fauj soldier personally admired by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, is the father of Bhojpuri cinema. He wrote the 1st movie on INA in 1950.

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Nazir Hussian, who joined the Indian National Army with resentment against the British Government and its officers and with the aim of taking part in the Freedom struggle, was born on 15 May 1922 in Usia village near Dildarnagar in Ghazipur District of Uttar Pradesh State.

His father, Shahabzad Khan, was a railway guard. Nazir Hussain spent his childhood in Lucknow. Later he worked as a fireman in the Railway for some time, as his father was also working in the Railways. Later he joined the British Indian Army to make a living.

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When the British Government moved the British Indian Army to Burma, Malaya, and Singapore during World War II; Nazir Hussain went to Malaya along with the forces. In the early years of World War II, Japan won the battles in the region. Later on British Indian Army suffered defeats at the hands of Japan. Hence Nazir Hussain was among the prisoners of war.

As a consequence of subsequent developments and because of the anti-British tendency he had from his childhood, Nazir Hussain joined the Indian National Army. He took part in the battles that were fought against British and allied forces in the Burma Warfield under the leadership of General Mohan Singh and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

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When Japan lost in the war, the Indian National Army surrendered to the British and Allied forces. He was among the arrested soldiers who were moved to India. After India achieved Independence Nazir Hussain was released from the British detention camps.

After the Independence government of India did not take soldiers of the Indian National Army into the Indian Army, Nazir Hussain entered the cinema field to make a living. He first took part in the film ‘Pahla Aadmi’ produced in 1950 by Bimal Roy. Later he acted in about 500 films.

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The President of India Dr. Babu Rajendra Prasad noticed Nazir’s immense interest in Bhojpuri language and encouraged him to produce movies in Bhojpuri. Since then Nazir Hussain rendered his services to Bhojpuri films and has come to be known as the father of Bhojpuri cinema. Nazir Hussain passed away on 16 October 1987.

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Syed Naseer Ahamed

Syed Naseer Ahamad is a Telugu writer and journalist who has written several books on the role of Muslims in the struggle for the freedom of India. Many of his books have been translated into other languages. He can be contacted at [email protected] and cellphone number 91-9440241727.


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