Sujit Kumar

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Sujit Kumar
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Born (1934-02-07)7 February 1934
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died 5 February 2010(2010-02-05) (aged 75)
Mumbai, India
Other names Sujeet Kumar
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years active 1960–2001
Children Jatin Kumar and Heena

Sujit Kumar (born Shamsher Singh), 7 February 1934 – 5 February 2010, was an Indian film actor and producer. He appeared in over 150 Hindi films in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and 25 films in Bhojpuri. From the late 90s, he primarily worked with production. Kumar was considered a major actor in Bhojpuri cinema.[1] He played pivotal roles either as a villain or as a character actor. One of his most notable roles was as a man playing the mouth organ while driving a jeep in the 1969 film Aradhana.[2]

Biography[edit]

Hindi cinema[edit]

Sujit was the leading man in the suspense flicks in Hindi in early sixties like Lal Bangla (1966) and Ek Saal Pehle (1965). He was always part of the films with Rajesh Khanna as the lead hero like in 'Aradhana', Ittefaq, Aan Milo Sajna, Haathi Mere Saathi, Amar Prem, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Roti, Mehbooba, Avtaar, Aakhir Kyon?, Amrit.

His other notable roles include that of a spy in Ramanand Sagar’s Aankein (1968), Naya Raasta (1970), Jugnu (1973), Hamrahi (1999), Charas (1976), Dharamveer (1977), Dev Anand’s Des Pardes, Burning Train, Kaamchor, Krantiveer, Tiranga and many more.[3][4] He produced big budget movies like Asmaan Se Ooncha (1989), Daraar (1996) Champion (2000), Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009) .[5] His best friends from the film industry were Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, Rakesh Roshan, the two with whom Sujit used to hit the gym regularly and other close friends included producer Saawan Kumar Tak and Randhir Kapoor as all of them practically grew up together in the Hindi Film industry since the early sixties.[6]

Bhojpuri cinema[edit]

He appeared in such films as Bidesiya, Loha Singh, Dangal, Pan Khaye Saiyya Hamar, Champa Chameli, Patoh Bitiya, Sajanwa Bairi Bhaile Hamar , Nag Panchami, Saiyya Se Bhaile Milanawa, Aaeel Basant Bahar, Bidhana Nach Nachawe, Mai Ke Lal, Sampurna Teerth Yatra, Sajai Da Maang Hamar, Saiyya Magan Pahalwani Me, Ganga Kahe Pukar Ke, Ganga Jaisan Bhauji Hamar and Ganga Hamar Mai.

Death[edit]

Kumar died in 2010 of cancer, an illness from which he was suffering since 2007. At the time of his death he was survived by his two children Jatin Kumar and a daughter Henna.[7] A condolence meeting took place on February 8, 2010, at the Indian Medical Association, besides PVR Cinema, Juhu, Mumbai where many of his friends from the industry like the whole of Kapoor family, Rakesh Roshan's family, Rajesh Khanna etc. paid him last respects.

Filmography[edit]

Hindi[edit]

Year Film Character/Role Notes
1985 Aakhir Kiyon
1972 Mere Jeevan Saathi
1979 The Great Gambler Marconi he was gang leader of Prem Chopra under control gang
1979 Khandaan Vikas G. Srivastav
1978 Des Pardes Gangaram
1977 Kalabaaz Malhotra
1976 Amir Garib Police Inspector
1969 Aradhana Madan, Rajesh Khanna's friend, playing the mouth organ
1980  ? The Burning Train
1970s ? Maa Aur Mamta
1972 Putlibai
1967 Sab Ka Ustad
1966 Lal Bungla
1960s Murder In Circus

Producer[edit]

  • 1986 : Anubhav
  • 1989 : Aasmaan se Ooncha
  • 1992 : Khel
  • 1996: Daraar
  • 2000: Champion
  • 2004 : Aetbaar

He also acted in Zee horror show's episode Dahshat 1994-1995

References[edit]

  1. ^ By: Gayathry V Pillai (2010-02-06). "Actor Sujith Kumar died of cancer - Oneindia Entertainment". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Character actor Sujit Kumar no more". The Times Of India. 6 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Actor-producer Sujit Kumar dead". Indian Express. 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Veteran actor, filmmaker Sujit Kumar passes away - Entertainment - DNA". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  5. ^ "Actor-producer Sujit Kumar dead". IndianExpress.com. 6 February 2010.  (age at death given as 75 implies year of birth '34/5)
  6. ^ http://220.226.205.71/articles/story40336.htm
  7. ^ "| Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | News". BollywoodHungama.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 

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