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Raza Murad at Dara Singh's funeral
|Born||23 November 1950
|Years active||1965 – Present|
Raza Murad is an Indian actor working primarily in Hindi films. He has acted in over 200 Bollywood films. He has portrayed a wide variety of roles from sympathetic brothers and brotherly figures in the 70s to villainous roles in the 80s and later.
He is the son of renowned Bollywood character actor Murad. He is also the first cousin of Zeenat Aman, his uncle being pa, writer of Mughal-e-Azam and Pakeezah. His niece Sonam was also an actress who is married to Rajiv Rai. Another niece Sanober Kabir has acted in a number of movies, and is a very popular stage performer. He has a son Ali Murad and a daughter Ayesha Murad who are also interested in becoming a part of the Bollywood fraternity.
Raza Murad started his career in mid 60s and initially played sympathetic brothers and brotherly figures in the 70s. From the 80s and on he has mainly played either supporting roles of a father, uncle or villainous roles. He studied in Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, from 1969 to 1971 and got the Diploma in Film acting. He has a very rich and memorable baritone voice. One of his most memorable performances as a character actor has been the role of a despondent poet in the 1973 hit film, "Namak Haraam" alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna.
He has had major roles in some of the most successful films of Bollywood like Raj Kapoor's Prem Rog, Heena and Ram Teri Ganga Maili and in other big hits like Khud-Daar, Ram Lakhan, Tridev, Pyar Ka Mandir, Aankhen, Mohra and Gupt: The Hidden Truth.
He starred in a number of Punjabi films such as Jatt Punjabi. He was awarded the lifetime achievement award for his contribution towards Punjabi Cinema at the PTC Punjabi film awards in February 2011. He has film fare record of 7 villain nomination's, winning only 1. He is currently acting in Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon.
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