There are numerous software developing companies in Harpenden including Ensoft, Ardent and 1View. Other businesses that have serviced offices in the region include marketing consultants, tour operators, catalogue designers, insurance agencies and accountants. Barber shops, cafes, pubs, book stores and fashion retailers can be found in the town centre.
During his childhood and early teens, as a member of his family's travelling company creating stage shows and dances, part of which was performed in front of movie film industry, he joined the films as an extra in the work of his father. In the late 1940s, he acted in several films as an extra, including some of his father's movies such as Jagdish and Per Dil Hi To Hai. But his first part in a film, as the son of actor Mumtaz Ali, came in the film Jag Ghar (1951). Later, in the 1950s, he acted in big hits like Pyaar ki Raat, Amar and Mere Hoon Main, and with his spiritual mentor, actor Prem Nath, became a popular star of Bollywood. Mehmood was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and at early age moved with his family to Bombay, now Mumbai. d2c66b5586