Jeevan was a very popular actor of Bollywood who acted in large number of films for a long span of five decades.In many Hindu mythological films he portrayed the character of 'Narad Muni' which suited him very well and got wide acclaim from the audience.During 70's and 80's he earned appreciation for for the villain roles which he handled efficiently in many films.
He entered films in 1935 by acting as the character 'Madhav' in 'Fashionable India' and in 1936 in 'Romantic India'.
He was noted for his roles in Station Master in 1942.He got accolades for his films like 'School Master,Vanamala,Zameen Aasman,Aaj Ki Duniya' etc during this period.
In the 50's he acted in social theme films like'Izzat,Shole,Sangam,Majboori' etc and in mythological films like 'Dasavataar,Shiv Shakti,Jai Mahadev,Ekadasi' etc.In the 60's he acted in mythological films like 'Shiv Parvati,Kailaspati,Sati Savitri' etc.
Social theme films like 'Bidesiya,Bachpan,Zindagi'Phool aur Pathar' etc also earned good response for his roles during that period.
In the Meena Kumari-Dharmendra film 'Phool aur Pathar' directed by O.P.Ralhan in 1966, he portrayed the character 'Jeevan Ram' as the father-in- law of the heroine character of Meena Kumari who acted as a widow-Shanti Devi'.jeevan received good opinion for this role.
Jeevan was a regular presence in almost all Dev Anand films during 1946-78 and in many of the films of Man Mohan Desai.His villain roles of 'Amar Akbar Antony and Dharam Veer received applauses.
In 1971 in the mythological film 'Kangan; he played 'Hanumanji'.
During 70's he received accolades for films like Man Mohan Desai's 'Roti'(74),Amar Akbar Antony(77),Dev Anand's Heera Panna(73),Ishq,Ishq,Ishq(74),Feroz Khan's Dharmatma(75)' etc.
During 80's he was part of super hit films like 'Naseeb,Professor Pyarelal,Hathkadi,Desh Premee, Sanam Teri Kasam' etc.
Jeevan could also act in some Punjabi films like 'Teri Meri Ek Jindri'.
Jeevan died on June 10, 1987 at the age of 72.
Nau Do Gyarah
Phool aur Pathar
Dil Ne Pyar Yaad Kiya
Johny Mera Naam
Bhai Hota Aisa
Amar Akbar Antony
Sanam Teri Kasam