Actor / Producer / Director Hindi
Pradeep Kumar Biography
Birth Name: Sital Batabyal
Born : 04 January 1925
Death : 27 October 2001
With the success of Anand Math (1952), Kumar gave two back to back hits in the Bina Rai starrer Anarkali (1953) and the Vyjayanthimala starrer Nagin (1954). The former established the template of regal charm and royal demeanour exhibited by Pradeep Kumar in a number of films throughout his career. He also worked with Bina Rai in a number of films including Ghunghat (1960) and Taj Mahal (1963).
Kumar’s work on Rajshri’s social film Aarti (1962), starring beside Ashok Kumar and Meena Kumari, was a big success and consolidated his position in the industry. It also ensured that he was cast alongside Meena Kumari in a number of films such as Chitralekha (1964), Bahu Begum (1967), Noor Jehan (1967) and Saat Phere (1970); but the films didn’t fare very well.
Kumar directed and also featured in Do Dilon Ki Dastaan (1966). He starred in notable films such as the Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha starrer Do Anjaane (1976), Basu Chatterjee’s Safed Jhoot (1977), Dharmendra and Zeenat Aman starrer Dharam-Veer (1977), amongst others. He also made a guest appearance in Basu Chatterjee’s comedy Khatta Meetha (1978). His next few releases like Parmatma (1978), Amar Shakti (1978), and Aakhri Insaaf (1980) did not do too well at the box office but Manoj Kumar’s Kranti (1981) was a huge blockbuster.
Chalti Ka Naam Zindagi (1982) and the hit film Teesri Aankh (1982), starring Dharmendra, were two other films that gave him notable success. He had also starred in Kamal Amrohi’s Razia Sultan (1983), which won critical acclaim. The film starred Dharmendra and Hema Malini. He then played small roles in films like Duniya (1984), Purana Mandir (1984), Oonche Log (1985), Waaris (1988), Aakhri Baazi (1989) and Jaan-E-Wafa (1990).
After a prolific career in film, Kumar finally passed away on October 27, 2001 in Calcutta, at the age of 76.