Pradeep Kumar

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For the Indian singer born "Pradeep Kumar" in 1986, see Deepu
Pradeep Kumar
Born Pradeep Kumar
(1925-01-04)January 4, 1925
Died October 27, 2001(2001-10-27) (aged 76)
Kolkata, India
Occupation Actor

Pradeep Kumar (Bengali) (born Pradeep Batabyal; 4 January 1925 - 27 October 2001) was an Indian actor in Bengali and Hindi films.[1][2]

Career[edit]

When Kumar was 17 years old, he decided to take up acting. His started his film career in Bengali films. His notable roles in Bengali films were in Alaknanda(1947) directed by renowned filmmaker Debaki Bose and in '42 (1951).

Pradeep Kumar Batabayal then shifted to Bombay and Filmistan studios, and had an important role in the film Anand Math (1952). He played the lead role with Bina Rai in Anarkali (1953) and with Vyjayanthimala in Nagin (1954). Both films were very popular and had songs that added to the movies success. He had a spate of releases in the second half of the 1950s. He did not enjoy as much success in the 1960s, though Ghoonghat (1960) , Taj Mahal (1963) and Aarti were successful. He worked with Meena Kumari in 7 films i.e. Adil-E-Jahangir, Bandhan, Chitralekha, Bahu Begum, Bheegi Raat, Aarti & Noorjehan & with Mala Sinha in 8 films i.e. Naya Zamana, Hamlet, Baadshah, Detective, Fashion, Ek Shola, Duniya Na Maane, and Mitti Mein Sona.

He did not get to act in lead roles with the newer heroines of the 1960s like Sadhana, Saira Banu, Babita or Sharmila Tagore, though he did work with Asha Parekh in Ghoonghat and Meri Surat Teri Aankhen & with Waheeda Rehman in Raakhi(1963). In 1969, he moved to character roles with Sambandh and Mehboob Ki Mehndi, but did not have many visible roles till Jaanwar and Razia Sultan in 1983.

He won the Kalakar Award-Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).[3]

Pradeep Kumar died in Calcutta on 27 October 2001, at the age of 76. He is survived by his daughters Reena, Meena and Beena Banerjee who plays character roles in movies and TV serials including Uttaran, son Debiprasad and granddaughters Tanisha, Riya and Hrishita. Beena Banerjee's son son Siddharth Banerjee worked as assistant director in Sajid Khan's Housefull 2 (2012) andHimmatwala (2013)[4][5]

Filmography[edit]

Bengali[edit]

Pradip kumar played the role of Bandit Mohan( Dosshu Mohan in Bangla) a character based on a very popular bangla crime thriller series Dossu Mohan.

Hindi[edit]

Pradeep Kumar's Hindi Filmography
Name Year
Aakhri Insaaf 1980
Aarti 1962
Adalat 1958
Adl-E-Jehangir 1954
Afsana 1966
Amar Shakti 1978
Anand Math 1952
Anarkali 1953
Anjaan 1956
Apsara 1955
Arab Ka Saudagar 1956
Badshah 1955
Bahu Begum 1966
Batwara 1961
Bheegi Raat 1965
Chaitali 1975
Chambal Ki Kasam 1980
Chitralekha 1964
Detective 1958
Do Anjaane 1976
Do Dilon Ki Dastaan 1967
Duniya Na Mane 1959
Dur Naheen Manzil 1972
Durgesh Nandini 1956
Ek Jhalak 1957
Fashion 1957
Gateway Of India 1957
Ghunghat 1960
Harishchandra Taramati 1970
Hawas 1974
Heer 1956
Hill Station 1957
Jab Se Tumhen Dekha Hai 1963
Jagte Raho 1956
Jalte Badan 1973
Kaagaz Ki Nao 1975
Kalabaaz 1977
Kranti 1981
Lok Parlok 1979
Mahabharat 1965
Mangetar 1972
Mehboob Ki Mehndi 1971
Mere Armaan Mere Sapne 1963
Meri Surat Teri Ankhen 1963
Miss India 1957
Mitti Me Sona 1960
Modern Girl 1960
Nagin 1954
Naya Sansar 1959
Noor Jehan 1967
Purana Mandir 1984
Parmatma 1976
Passport 1961
Patrani 1958
Police 1957
Pyar Ki Rahen 1959
Raat Aur Din 1967
Raj Hath 1956
Rakhi 1962
Saheli 1965
Sambandh 1968
Samjhauta 1972
Sanjog 1961
Shirin Farhad 1956
Subah Ka Tara 1954
Taj 1955
Taj Mahal 1963
Ustadon Ke Ustad 1963
Sindbad Alibaba & Aladin 1964
Wahan Ke Log 1967
Zindagi Aur Maut 1964
Khatta Meetha 1978

Dharam Veer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ever the royal Rediff.com, Dinesh Raheja | 2 June 2003.
  2. ^ Image
  3. ^ Kalakar Awards
  4. ^ "Sajid Khan’s starry affair in Himmatwala". Hindustan Times. March 9, 2013. Retrieved Mar 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Banerjee/ Pradeep Kumar at the Internet Movie Database

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