Kumar Gaurav

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Kumar Gaurav
Kumar Gaurav in 2015
Born Manoj Tuli
(1960-07-11) 11 July 1960 (age 56)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Namrata Dutt
Children Saachi, Siya
Parent(s) Rajendra Kumar
Shukla Kumar

Manoj Tuli (born 11 July 1960), better known as Kumar Gaurav, is an Indian film actor and son of late actor Rajendra Kumar.[1] He has acted in several hit films such as Love Story, Teri Kasam, Naam, Indrajeet and Kaante.

Personal life[edit]

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.

Gaurav and his brother-in-law Sanjay Dutt worked together in two films, Naam and Kaante.


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.[2] 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.[3] In the following year he had his second box office hit with Naam (1986), again a Mahesh Bhatt film[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]



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
1983 Lovers Viju Padmini Kolhapure
Romance Amar Poonam Dhillon * Romance - 1983 on Facebook
1984 Hum Hain Lajawab Pawan Kumar Singh Padmini Kolhapure
All Rounder Ajay Rati Agnihotri
Divorce Jasmin
1985 Ek Se Bhale Do Bunty D'Mello Rati Agnihotri
Janam Rahul Shernaz Patel
1986 Begaana Anand Mathur / Kailashnath Rana Rati Agnihotri
Naam Ravi Kapoor Poonam Dhillon
1987 Dil Tujhko Diya Vijay 'Chhotu' 'Munna' Sahni Rati Agnihotri
Albela Rati Agnihotri
Aaj Akshay Anamika Paul
1989 Goonj Sanjeev Kamat Juhi Chawla
Jurrat Inspector Avinash Amala
1991 Hai Meri Jaan Bunty Ayesha Jhulka
Pratigyabadh Shakti Yadav Neelam Kothari
Indrajeet Vijay Neelam Kothari
1992 Siyasat Kimi Katkar
1993 Phool Karamraj 'Raju' / Gopal Madhuri Dixit
1996 Muthi Bhar Zameen Karan Poonam Dhillon
Sautela Bhai Shankar Neelam Kothari
2000 Gang Nihal Singh
2002 Kaante Anand 'Andy' Mathur
2004 Guiana 1838 Laxman
2009 My Daddy Strongest


  • Sikandar (1999)
  • Chocolate (1999)

Dubbing roles[edit]

Live action films[edit]

Film title Actor Character Dub Language Original Language Original Year release Dub Year release Notes
The Jungle Book [7] Jason Scott Lee Mowgli Hindi English 1994 1995


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