B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Mansoor Khan was born to film-maker Nasir Hussain in 1956. Hence, Mansoor had a strong influence of Hindi films right from his childhood. After completing his graduation in Engineering, Mansoor Khan joined his father as an assistant director and assisted him on films like Manzil Manzil (1984) and Zabardast (1985).
Mansoor Khan’s directorial debut was Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), an indianised interpretation of Romeo-Juliet. The film turned out to be a landmark film in the history of hindi cinema, and led the way for Romantic films and began a new era. The film also made Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla overnight stars, and Mansoor Khan a name to reckon with.
Mansoor Khan’s next film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992) came as a whiff of fresh air. A story about an under-dog victory, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander had a lot of freshness that showed in everything from dialogues to camera work. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander was a huge success, especially in the metros. This film again gave Aamir Khan a new lease of life to his career.
Mansoor Khan then decided to make an indianised version of famous oscar-winning Hollywood film Kramer vrs Kramer (1978) with Aamir Khan and Manisha Koirala. The film was a tear-jerker and won a lot of acclaim by the critics. However, It was a failure at the box-office, leaving Mansoor Khan devastated. His next film Josh (2000) was inspired from famous 1960 Hollywood Musical West Side Story. It starred Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai, and had Chandrachur Singh and Sharad Kapoor in pivotal roles. Despite having everything going its way, Josh was not a success. After Josh, Mansoor Khan took a self-imposed hiatus and went to Bangalore, much away from the glitzy world of hidni films.
In 2008, Mansoor Khan is return to films and along with cousin Aamir Khan, produced the super-hit film, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na.
Mansoor Khan won the Filmfare award for Best director in 1988 for Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.