Rajendra Nath Biography
Birth Name: Rajendra Nath Malhotra
Born : 08 June 1931, in Tikamgarh, Central Provinces & Berar, India
Death : 13 February 2008, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
With older brother Prem Nath already working as an actor in Bombay, the younger Malhotra too came to the city looking to join a college for higher studies. However, he ended up joining a theatre group and later on, Prithivi Theatre. The comic actor had to struggle to make his mark in the film industry. Initially he would do minor roles, but eventually he bagged the role of the comedian in Dil Deke Dekho (1959), directed by Nasir Hussain. The new actor grabbed the attention of many eminent directors in the industry. He was seen in a lot of Asha Parekh movies like Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963), Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961), Teesri Manzil (1966), Baharon Ke Sapne (1967) and Pyar Ka Mausam (1969) thereafter. He gifted himself a Triumph sports car after his success.
His popularity rose and he experimented by accepting the role of a villain in Hamrahi (1974). Nath also played the lead roles in a few films. However, he is best remembered as one of the most popular and prolific comedians in Indian cinema with a list of 187 successful films.
One of Rajendra Nath’s most commendable performances was in Manoj Kumar's Purab Aur Paschim (1970) though his role was not a full-fledged comedy role. He was also a part of Nepal's first movie called Maitighar (1966) which was shot in Kathmandu, Nepal. He also worked in some Punjabi films.
He died on 13 February 2008 after a cardiac arrest. Posthumously, Love in Bombay (2013) was released, where he starred alongside Waheeda Rehman and Kishore Kumar. The movie was screened 42 years after its making, and the magic of Rajendra Nath lives on.