Raaj Kumar

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Raaj Kumar
Born Kulbhushan Pandit
(1926-10-08)8 October 1926
Loralai, Baluchistan, Pakistan
Died 3 July 1996(1996-07-03) (aged 69)
Mumbai, India
Employer i.a.s
Notable work(s) Mother India, Hamraaz, Dil Ek Mandir, Pakeezah and Saudagar
Spouse(s) Gayatri
Children Puru Raajkumar, Panini Raajkumar and Vastavikta Raajkumar

Raaj Kumar, born Kulbushan Pandit (8 October 1926 – 3 July 1996), was a Hindi film actor. Raaj Kumar started out as sub-inspector i.a.s. of Mumbai Police in the late 1940s before he turned to acting with the 1952 film Rangeeli.[1] He appeared in the Oscar-nominated 1957 film Mother India and went onto star in over 70 Hindi films in a career that spanned over four decades.

Personal life[edit]

Raaj Kumar was born at Loralai Balochistan, Pakistan in a Kashmiri Pandit family.[2][3] In the late 1940s he moved to Mumbai, India where he became Sub-inspector of the Mumbai Police.[citation needed] He married Jennifer, an Anglo Indian, whom he met on a flight where she was the airhostess. She later changed her name to Gayatri based on her horoscope as per Hindu customs. [4] They had three children, two sons named Puru Raajkumar (a Bollywood actor), Panini Raajkumar and a daughter named Vastavikta Raajkumar, who made her screen debut in 2006 film Eight: The Power of Shani.[5]

Career[edit]

Raaj Kumar made his acting debut in Rangili and appeared in films like Aabshar, Ghamand and Lakhon Mein Ek, but it was as Prince Naushazad in Sohrab Modi’s Naushervan-e-Adil that he became famous. In 1957, he achieved prominence with his brief role as the husband of Nargis in Mother India. He followed this with the unglamorous role of a mill worker in Paigham alongside Dilip Kumar. He was cast with Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor and Balraj Sahni in Yash Chopra’s family drama Waqt. In Sridhar’s Dil Ek Mandir, Raaj Kumar essayed the role of a cancer patient for which he won the Filmfare Award in the Best supporting actor category for movies Dil Ek Mandir[6] and Waqt.[7] He became known for his distinct style of dialogue delivery.[8]

His other notable films included Hamraaz (1967), Heer Raanjha (1970), Lal Patthar (1971) and Pakeezah (1972). He acted in fewer films by the mid 1970s and became a character actor in the 1980s with films like Kudrat (1981), Ek Nai Paheli (1984), Marte Dam Tak (1987), Muqaddar Ka Faisla (1987) and Jung Baaz (1989). In 1991, he reunited with Dilip Kumar after 32 years in Subhash Ghai's Saudagar.

From his screen debut in Rangeeli to he last film God & Gun in 1995, his played memorable characters in 60-odd films.[9]

Death[edit]

He died of throat cancer at the age of 69 on 3 July 1996.[10][11] According to Purru Raaj Kumar in his interview to Farhana Farook, his father suffered from Hodgkins for which he had chemotherapy. The last two years were bad with the nodes recurring in the lungs and ribs.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1952 Rangeeli
1953 Aabshar
1953 Vag vusudi Andhi Ayee
1955 Ghamand
1957 Mother India Shamu
1957 Krishna Sudama
1957 Babaji ka Thulu
1957 Nausherwan-E-Adil
1957 Neel Mani
1958 Dulhan
1958 Jailor
1958 Panchayat
1959 Ardhangini
1959 Durga Mata
1959 Paigham
1959 Shararat
1959 Swarg Se Sundar Desh Hamara
1959 Ujala|
1960 Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai
1960 Maya Machhindra
1961 Gharana
1962 Sautela Bhai
1963 Aaj Aur Kal
1963 Dil Ek Mandir
1963 Godaan
1963 Phool Bane Angarey
1963 Pyar Ka Bandhan
1964 Dooj Ka Chand
1964 Zindagi
1965 Waqt
1965 Kaajal
1965 Oonche Log
1965 Rishte Naahte
1967 Hamraaz
1967 Nai Roshni
1968 Mere Huzoor
1968 Neel Kamal
1968 Vaasna
1970 Heer Raanjha
1971 Lal Patthar
1971 Maryada
1971 Pakeezah
1972 Dil Ka Raja
1973 Hindustan ki kasam
1974 36 Ghante
1976 Ek Se Badh Kar Ek
1978 Karmayogi
1980 Bulundi
1980 Chambal Ki Kasam
1981 Kudrat
1982 Dharam Kanta
1984 Ek Nai Paheli
1984 Raaj Tilak
1984 Shar ara
1987 Itihaas
1987 Marte Dam Tak
1987 Muqaddar Ka Faisla
1988 Mahaveera
1988 Mohabbat Ke Dushman
1988 Saazish
1989 Desh Ke Dushman
1989 Jung Baaz
1989 Galiyon Ka Badshah
1989 Suryaa: An Awakening
1990 Police Public
1991 Saudagar Rajeshwar Singh|
1992 Tirangaa Brigadier Suryadev Singh|
1993 Insaniyat Ke Devta
1993 Police Aur Mujrim
1994 Ulfat Ki Nayee Manzilen
1994 Betaaj Badshah
1995 Jawab
1995 God and Gun
1995 Bakwas

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0474855/bio
  2. ^ Hindus Contribution Towards Making Of Pakistan 22 May 2010 Retrieved 28 January 2011
  3. ^ http://idiva.com/news-entertainment/purru-raaj-kumar-dad-was-bizzare-but-never-boring/19710
  4. ^ Purru Raajkumar Interview
  5. ^ http://www.glamsham.com/movies/scoops/06/jan/25raajkumar.asp
  6. ^ "BLAST FROM THE PAST Dil Ek Mandir (1963)". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2010-01-29. 
  7. ^ "Raj Kumar of dialogue delivery". 
  8. ^ "King of dialogue delivery". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 17 October 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20030629/spectrum/main5.htm
  10. ^ Dhawan, M. L. (29 June 2003). "Remembering A Legend". The Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Singh, Kuldip (6 July 1996). "Obituary Raaj Kumar". The Independent. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Farook, Farhana. "Dad Was Bizarre But Never Boring". news-entertainment. iDiva.com. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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