Kumar Gaurav in 2015
11 July 1960
Manoj Tuli (born 11 July 1960), better known as Kumar Gaurav, is an Indian film actor and son of late actor Rajendra Kumar. He has acted in several hit films such as Love Story, Teri Kasam, Naam, Indrajeet and Kaante.
Gaurav was born as 'Manoj Tuli' on 11 July 1960. He studied at the Bishop Cotton School in Simla. His father, Rajendra Kumar, was a popular actor in the 1960s and 1970s. Rajendra Kumar died of cancer in 1999.
While shooting for his debut movie, Love Story with Vijayta Pandit, the duo got romantically involved. The relationship later came to an end as tensions arose between the Pandit and Kumar families.
In 1984, Gaurav married Namrata Dutt, daughter of Sunil Dutt and Nargis and sister of actor Sanjay Dutt. The couple has two daughters, Saachi and Siya. Saachi is married to Bilal Amrohi, the grandson of filmmaker Kamal Amrohi.
He made his film debut with Love Story (1981). This film played at the box office for a long period of time; not only for its innovative story, but also its music and the debutants. Many youngsters began to emulate his character in the film, produced by his father and directed by Rahul Rawail which was a blockbuster. His next film, the 1982 release Teri Kasam with actress Poonam Dhillon, another heart-throb of the generation, was a moderate success.
He then worked in Mahesh Bhatt's Janam in (1985). His understated performance in this film is still considered his career's best. In the following year he had his second box office hit with Naam (1986), again a Mahesh Bhatt film which was produced by his father and also starred his brother-in-law Sanjay Dutt in the lead role. Despite the success of Naam, Gaurav's career declined as all of his subsequent films failed to do well at the box office.
He has been successfully paired with almost all young ladies of ’80s – Poonam Dillon, Rati Agnihotri, Neelam, Vijeyta Pandit, Madhuri Dixit and Padmini Kolhapure. Yet his pairing with Vijeyta Pandit in their debut movie is still remembered most. His revival project, Phool with the top actress Madhuri Dixit, couldn’t give success though its melodious songs were noticed.
Having produced his earlier films Janam and Naam, his father tried to revive his career with the 1993 film Phool which also had his father and father-in-law Sunil Dutt in supporting roles. However, it didn't bring him any luck either. He took a long break from acting and returned to films in 2000 with a supporting role in late actor Mazhar Khan's Gang.
In 2002, he played one of the six protagonists in the crime thriller Kaante, directed by Sanjay Gupta and a remake of the Hollywood hit Reservoir Dogs (1992). Kaante was a huge success at the box office and the third highest-grossing film of 2002.
In 2004 he appeared in his first American film, Guiana 1838. This award winning film by Rohit Jagessar grossed the highest screen average at the North American box office on opening weekend and is among the Top 25 all-time highest screen average charts. Guiana 1838 tells the story of Indians arriving in the British colony of British Guiana, now Guyana, as indentured servants amidst the abolition of slavery during the nineteenth century.
In 2009, he starred in the silent film My Daddy Strongest.
|Year||Film||Role||Female Lead||Facebook Page|
|1981||Love Story||Bunty||Vijeyta Pandit||* Love Story - 1981 on Facebook|
|1982||Teri Kasam||Tony/Deepak||Poonam Dhillon|
|Star||Dev Kumar||Rati Agnihotri/Padmini Kolhapure||* Star - 1982 on Facebook|
|Romance||Amar||Poonam Dhillon||* Romance - 1983 on Facebook|
|1984||Hum Hain Lajawab||Pawan Kumar Singh||Padmini Kolhapure|
|All Rounder||Ajay||Rati Agnihotri|
|1985||Ek Se Bhale Do||Bunty D'Mello||Rati Agnihotri|
|1986||Begaana||Anand Mathur / Kailashnath Rana||Rati Agnihotri|
|Naam||Ravi Kapoor||Poonam Dhillon|
|1987||Dil Tujhko Diya||Vijay 'Chhotu' 'Munna' Sahni||Rati Agnihotri|
|1989||Goonj||Sanjeev Kamat||Juhi Chawla|
|1991||Hai Meri Jaan||Bunty||Ayesha Jhulka|
|Pratigyabadh||Shakti Yadav||Neelam Kothari|
|1993||Phool||Karamraj 'Raju' / Gopal||Madhuri Dixit|
|1996||Muthi Bhar Zameen||Karan||Poonam Dhillon|
|Sautela Bhai||Shankar||Neelam Kothari|
|2002||Kaante||Anand 'Andy' Mathur|
|2009||My Daddy Strongest|
- Sikandar (1999)
- Chocolate (1999)
Live action films
|Film title||Actor||Character||Dub Language||Original Language||Original Year release||Dub Year release||Notes|
|The Jungle Book ||Jason Scott Lee||Mowgli||Hindi||English||1994||1995|
- Dinesh Raheja; Jitendra Kothari (1996). The hundred luminaries of Hindi cinema. India Book House Publishers. p. 70. ISBN 978-81-7508-007-2. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- Box Office India 1981
- Review of Film Janam
- Box Office India 80-89
- Kumar Gaurav at cinemaaindya
- "Started by Roja and Jurassic Park, dubbing for Hollywood blockbusters becomes big business". indiatoday.in. 1995-11-15. Retrieved 2014-12-02.