Actor / Producer / Story Writer Hindi
Rajendra Kumar Biography
Birth Name: Rajendra Kumar Tuli
Born : 20 July 1929, in Sialkot, Punjab, British India (Now Pakistan)
Death : 12 July 1999, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Two years later, Kumar was cast in Amit Saxenas's musical Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959), which was his first major success as a solo actor. What followed were a spate of successful films that includes hits such as Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Dil Ek Mandir (1963), Mere Mehboob (1963), Sangam (1964), Arzoo (1965), and Talaash (1969). He was nominated for the Filmfare Award multiple times. But in the 1970s, Kumar's career graph started to slump. He faced stiff competition from Rajesh Khanna and thus, Kumar shifted to doing supporting character roles.
A decade later, Kumar introduced his son Kumar Gaurav in Love Story (1981). The film was produced and directed by him and he acted in it as well. The film was a blockbuster and Kumar produced several other films starring his son. Later, he produced Naam (1986) with his son and the film was directed by Mahesh Bhatt. The film also starred his brother-in-law Sanjay Dutt in the leading role. His last film as a producer was Phool (1993).
In 1998, he played a small role in Deepa Mehta’s critically acclaimed film Earth (1998), which ended up being his final appearance on screen.
In 1999, Kumar died of cancer at the age of 69. A recipient of the Padma Shri Award in 1969, Rajendra Kumar is an actor who has made his mark in Indian cinema, and remains unforgotten.
- Shukla Ralhan (??? - 12 July 1999)
- Kumar Gaurav