Thursday, August 15, 2013


Rajendra Kumar (Born on  20 July 1929 at Sialkot) was an exceptionally great Bollywood actor who was also successful as a Producer and Director.He earned the hearts of millions during the 60's and early 70's when several of his films were super hits and ran continuously for weeks across the country.Several films celebrated Jubilee at the same  time and he  got the title as 'Jubilee Kumar'.
Rajendra Kumar entered the film industry in 1948 and acted in minor roles but dubut film is considered as  1950  film 'Jogan' opposite  Dilip Kumar and Nargis.
He got name and fame for the V.Shantaram's film 'Toofan aur Diya' in 1956.
He was also credited for the very popular award film 'Mother India' along with other actors Sunil Dutt,Raj Kumar,Nargis etc. in 1957.
In 1959 he rose to stardom with the super hit musical  film 'Goonj Uthi Shehnai'.
'Dhool Ka Phool' directed by Yash Chopra in 1959 was yet another hit of that year.It was the first film directed by Yash Chopra.
In 1960 he acted in main role of the film 'Kanoon' which was directed by B.R.Chopra and was India's second songless movie.
'Mere Mehboob' in 1963 was a blockbuster film which earned number one position at the box office that year.It received several awards also.Rajendra Kumar,Sadhana,Ashok Kumar,Pran,Nimmi etc acted in it.
'Sangam' produced and directed by Raj Kapoor in 1964 and which  was shot in foreign locations like Venice,Paris,Switzerland etc became a super duper hit.
Dil Ek Mandir' was a very popular successful film.
'Arzoo' directed  and Produced by Ramanand Sagar in 1965 in which Rajendra Kumar,Sadhana,Feroz Khan etc acted was a successful film at the box office.
Vyjayanthimala and Rajendra Kumar paired in the 1966 film 'Suraj'.
'Talash' directed  and produced by O.P.Ralhan was a nice  film in which Sharmila Tagore acted opposite to him.
'Geet' was a love story directed by Ramanand Sagar in 1970 in which Mala Sinha acted opposite to  him.
In the 1972 film 'Gora Aur Kala' Rajendra Kumar appeared in double role in which Hema Malini and Rekha acted opposite to him.
From 1972 onwards he had to face competition from Superstar Rajesh Khanna.
From mid 70's he started to accept character roles.
In the year 1981 he produced and directed a film 'Love Story' in which his son Kumar Gaurav was introduced as hero.The film was a blockbuster success.
He produced some more films in which his son acted in main role.
Rajendra Kumar appeared in a small role in Deepa Mehta's 'Earth' in 1998.
He passed away on 12 July 1999.
Rajendra Kumar was recipient of 'Padma Shri' Award in 1969.

Selected Filmography
Mother India
Ghar Sansar
Goonj Uthi Shehnai
Dhool ka Phool
Maa Baap
Mere Mehboob
Gehra Daag
Dil Ek Mandir
Ayee Milan Ki Bela
Gora aur Kala
Do Sher
Rani aur Lalpari
Do Sholay
Daku aur Mahatma
Sajan bina Suhagan
Love Story
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