Manoj Tuli in 2015
11 July 1960
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Kumar Gaurav was born as Manoj Tuli in Lucknow. He studied at the Bishop Cotton School in Shimla. 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, Kumar 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 opposite fellow debutante actress Vijayta Pandit with Love Story (1981) which was produced by his father who also starred alongside him in the film. This film played at the box office for a long period of time; not only for its innovative story, but also its memorable music by Rahul Dev Burman and the fresh leading 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. That same year he starred in the musical Star which failed at the box office but its music was popular.
He then worked in Mahesh Bhatt's television film 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, Manoj's career declined as all of his subsequent films failed to do well at the box office.
He was frequently paired with almost all the young actresses of the 1980s and '90s—Poonam Dhillon, Rati Agnihotri, Neelam and Padmini Kolhapure. Yet his pairing with Vijayta Pandit in their debut movie is still remembered most.
Having produced his earlier films Janam and Naam, his father tried to revive his career with the 1993 film Phool which had him paired with the top actress of the time Madhuri Dixit. The film also had his father and father-in-law Sunil Dutt in supporting roles. However, it didn't bring him any luck either, though its melodious songs were noticed. He then took a long break from acting and only had two delayed and completed films releasing in 1996. In 1999, he made appearances in a few television series.
In 2000, he was seen again on the big screen in the delayed release Gang which had been in production for nearly a decade due to director Mazhar Khan's ill health. 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. Kaante remains his last Bollywood film to date.
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.
|1981||Love Story||Bunty||Vijeyta Pandit|
|1982||Teri Kasam||Tony/Deepak||Poonam Dhillon|
|Star||Dev Kumar||Rati Agnihotri/Padmini Kolhapure|
|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|
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