Monday, November 10, 2014


Pradeep Kumar was a popular lead actor of Hindi films during 50's and 60's and later confined to supporting and character roles.He was an exceptionally nice actor and besides  director,producer and writer as well.He hailed from Bengal but acted mostly in Hindi films.
He was born on 4th January 1925 in Bengal and determined to take up acting as the career at the age of 17.He started with the Bengali film 'Alakananda' directed by Debaki Bose and got noticed.He was well noted for his acting talents in the film '42' also.
After acting in a few Bengali films he shifted to Mumbai where he got a well reception at Filmistan Studios. He depicted good acting talents in the film 'Anand Math' and it was well received by the audience.His film 'Anarkali' opposite Bina Rai in 1953 became a super hit.The songs composed by C.Ramachandra added much contribution for the success of that film.The film 'Nagin' opposite Vyjayanthimala was also a super hit in 1954 which assured his stardom.He acted in a number of hits and super hits in the second half of 50's.
Nandlal Jaswant lal was the director of 'Anarkali' and 'Nagin'.'Hamlet' was a well noted film directed by 'Kishore Sahu'.Mala Sinha was his heroine in that film.He acted opposite Geeta Bali in the hit film 'Albeli' in 1955.In the film 'Adil-E-Jahangir Meena Kumari acted opposite to him and the film was directed by G.P.Sippy.
In the super hit movie taken in Hindi and Bengali 'Jagte Raho' Pradeep Kumar,Sumitra Devi,Smriti Biswas,Pahadi Sanyal,Sulochana Chatterjee' etc acted and it was directed by Amit Mitra and Sambhu Mitra.
In the hit film 'Taj' Vyjayanthimala was his heroine and it was directed by Nandalal Jaswant Lal.
In 1956 'Ek Shola' was produced by Pradeep Kumar himself and in that film Mala Sinha was the female lead and was directed by Chander Saigal.
Sohrab Modi directed the film 'Raj Hath' in 56 in which Pradeep Kumar and Madhubala were the lead actors.
In the year 1960 'Ghunghat' turned to be a super hit film in which Bina Rai was his heroine.Ashaparekh,Leela Chitnis,Bharat Bhushan,Rajendra Nath,Helen,Rehman,etc acted along with them.Ramanand Sagar was the director.
In the super hit film 'Taj Mahal' of 1963 Bina Rai was the female lead.Veena,Jeevankala,Ruby Mayer,Madhumati etc acted in it along with them.
It was a historical musical romance film directed by M.Sadiq.
Pramod Chakravorty directed 'Sanjog' in which Anita Guha acted opposite to him.

'Aarti' was a super hit film in which Ashok Kumar,Pradeep Kumar,Meena Kumari,Shashikala,Peace Kanwal,etc acted.Ashok Kumar and Meena Kumari acted as doctors in this film where as Pradeep Kumar depicted an unemployed youth  'Deepak' who saved 'Aarati' from drowning.This film released in 1962 was directed by Phani Majumdar.
'Wahan Ke Log' was a film directed by N.A.Ansari in which Tanuja acted as the female lead and Nilofar,Johny Walker,N.A.Ansari,Shobhana Samarth, etc acted in it.
Pradeep Kumar acted opposite Meena Kumari in 7 films like 'Bahu Begum'Bheegi Raat,Chitralekha' etc and with Mala Sinha he paired in 8 films like 'Naya Zamana,Fashion,Ek Shola,Detective' etc.He worked with Waheeda Rehman and Ashaparekh in some films and with Vyjayanthimala also.With Sharmila Tagore,Babita,Saira Banu etc he did not act together.
After 1969 he shifted to character roles and supporting roles.
He directed three films 'Do Dilon Ki Dastaan,Na Bhoole Hain Na Bhoolenge, and Chitrakoodam'.
He was assistant director of film 'Anokha' in 1975.
He produced rwo films 'Ek Shola' and 'Na Bhoole Hain Na Bhoolenge'.
He was the writer of the film 'Do Dilon Ki Dastaan' in 1966.
Pradeep Kumar passed away on November 3, 2001 at kolkata,India.
Selected Filmography
Krishna Leela
Bishnu Priya
Ananth Math
Subah Ka Tara
Noor E Arab
Adil E Jehangir
Jagte Raho
Ek Shola
Arab Ki Saudagar
Yahudi Ki Ladki
Naye Zamana
Miss India
Hill Station
Gateway of India
Naya Sansar
Duniya Na Mane
Mitti Mein Sona
Meri Surat Teri Ankhen
Ustadon Ke Ustad
Taj Mahal

Sinbad Alibaba and Aladdin
Bheegi Raat
Wahan Ke Log
Noor jehan
Bahu Begum
Shatranj Ke Mohre
Dharam Veer
Amar Shakti
Maa Bhoomi
Lok Parlok
Teesri Aankh
Chalti ka Naam Zindagi
Lal Chumariyaa
Purana Mandir
Ganga Ke paar
Durga Maa
Sher Dil
Aakhri Muqabla
Aakhri Badla
Pyar Ka saudagar

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