Mehmood Ali was born on 29 September 1932. He was the second of the eight children, and eldest son to Latifunnisa and film and stage actor/dancer Mumtaz Ali, who was a huge star of the 1940s and 1950s cinema in Bombay. Mehmood had an elder sister and six younger siblings. His sister, Minoo Mumtaz, was also a successful dancer and character actress in Bollywood movies. His youngest brother, Anwar Ali, is also an actor as well as a producer of such movies as Khud-daar and Kaash.
Mehmood's mother died when he was a tiny baby, and a year later his elderly aunt Latifunnisa inherited her family home, The Manor, in Mumbai's Kalbadevi. Mumtaz Ali was married to Latifunnisa's brother, Latif, who appeared regularly in films until his death in 1952. Mumtaz Ali's second marriage was to Mohammed Ali. She died in 1966, four years after Mehmood Ali completed his studies at St. Xavier's School in Mumbai, and when he was 26. He was a student at St. Xaviers when he made his Bollywood debut, playing a romantic lead in Naukar-Naukar (1952). The film was a big hit; Mehmood Ali made his second film with his brother-in-law, Azad, in the comedy film Danda Ka Dauee (1953). d2c66b5586