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Devendra Goel

  • Born: 3 March, 1919 (Meerut, United Provinces)
  • Died: 26 February, 1978 (Bombay)
  • Primary Cinema: Hindi
  • Spouse: Rajkumari Sadanah
  • Children: Jyotin Goel, Sunil Goel, Ajay Goel, Vinita Goel

Producer-director Devendra Goel was active in the 1950s and early 1960s. Born in Meerut on 3 March, 1919, he made his debut as a director with the film Aankhen (1950). He went on to direct films such as Adaa (1951), Aas (1953), Albeli (1955), Narsi Bhagat (1957), Ek Saal (1957) starring Madhubala, Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan (1959), Razia Sultana (1961), Pyaar Ka Sagar (1961), Door Ki Awaaz (1964), Dus Lakh (1966), Ek Phool Do Maali (1969), Dharkan (1972), Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka (1975), Aadmi Sadak Ka (1977), Do Musafir (1978), and the Marathi film Dost Asava Tar Asa (1978). He produced films such as Aas, Dost Asava Tar Asa, Aadmi Sadak Ka, Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka, Dharkan, Ek Phool Do Mali, Dus Lakh, Vachan (1955), Ek Saal (1957), Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan (1959), and Door Ki Awaaz (1964). As a writer, he penned Dus Lakh, the dialogues of Pyaar Ka Saagar, and the screenplay of Aas.  

Goel’s Albeli is a romantic drama film starring Geeta Bali in the title role of Albeli, co-starring Pradeep Kumar. The film involves a girl infatuated by a theatre personality and her attempts to grab his attention, including staging a false kidnapping, resulting in their falling in love midway through the drama. A side story focuses on the love affair and elopement of the heroine's sister. Another of Goel’s successes, was Ek Saal, a romantic drama starring Ashok Kumar and Madhubala in the lead roles. Revolving around a father of a dying girl who hires a conman to make his dying daughter's last year a happier one, the film was a critical and commercial success. The film was the first in the string of box-office hits that Madhubala starred in between 1958 and 1962. His Ek Phool Do Maali is based on the book Do Kadam Aage by Sampat Lal Purohit. A blockbuster, the film was the second-highest grosser of 1969. Balraj Sahni earned a Filmfare nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film. It also starred Sanjay Khan and Sadhana Shivdasani. His production Dus Lakh depicted how the fortunes of a family change after they inherit Rs.10 lakh. It starred Sanjay Khan, Babita, Pran, Om Prakash, Helen, cHelen and Seema Deo. Om Prakash won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award and Asha Bhosle won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song Garibon ki suno in 1967 for this film. 

Devendra Goel married Rajkumari Sadanah, who hailed from a film family. She is the sister of Brij, Chander, and Vijay Sadanah. Brij is the father of actor Kamal Sadanah and Chander is the father of Nagma, Jyotika and Suraj Sadanah.

Devendra Goel passed away on 26 February, 1978 in Bombay.