Sujit Kumar

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Sujit Kumar
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Sujit Kumar
Born(1934-02-07)7 February 1934
Died5 February 2010(2010-02-05) (aged 75)
Other namesSujeet Kumar
OccupationActor, Producer
Years active1960–2001

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 1990s, 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 and subsequent 12 films with Rajesh Khanna.[2]


Hindi cinema[edit]

Sujit was the leading man in suspense flicks in Hindi in the early sixties like Lal Bangla (1966) and Ek Saal Pehle (1965). He was always part of 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? and 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, The 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 and 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.


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



Year Film Character/Role Notes
1986 Anubhav Panch Jamai
1985 Haveli
1985 Aakhir Kyon?
1983 Avtaar Bawaji
1982 [[]]
1982 Kaamchor Sohan
1981 Raaz
1981 Bhula Na Dena
1980 The Burning Train
1980 Guest House
1979 The Great Gambler Marconi he was gang leader of Prem Chopra under control gang
1979 Khandaan Vikas G. Srivastav
1978 Des Pardes Gangaram
1976 Charas Shaikh
1977 Kalabaaz Malhotra
1976 Amir Garib Police Inspector
1972 Gaon Hamara Shaher Tumhara Shyam C. Pandey[8]
1972 Mere Jeevan Saathi
1972 Putlibai
1971 Murder in Circus

Naag Pooja

1970 Geet Kunver Shamsher Singh
1970 Maa Aur Mamta
1969 Aradhana Madan, Arun Verma's friend, playing the mouth organ
1969 Ittefaq Police Inspector
1969 Gustakhi Maaf Shankar
1968 Aankhen Nadeem
1967 Jaal
1967 Sab Ka Ustad
1966 Lal Bungla
1972 Amar Prem Nandu's Father


  • 1986 : Anubhav
  • 1989 : Aasmaan se Ooncha
  • 1992 : Khel
  • 1996: Daraar
  • 2000: Champion
  • 2004 : Aetbaar
  • 1991 : Ganga Kahe Pukar Ke

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


  1. ^ By: Gayathry V Pillai (6 February 2010). "Actor Sujith Kumar died of cancer — Oneindia Entertainment". Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Character actor Sujit Kumar no more". The Times of India. 6 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Actor-producer Sujit Kumar dead". Indian Express. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Veteran actor, filmmaker Sujit Kumar passes away — Entertainment — DNA". Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Actor-producer Sujit Kumar dead". 6 February 2010. (age at death given as 75 implies year of birth '34/5)
  6. ^
  7. ^ "| Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | News". Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  8. ^ Premacanda, 1881-1936. Naag pooja. OCLC 927427971.

External links[edit]

  • Sujit Kumar on IMDb (as actor) Note that, as at 13 July 2010, IMDB has two records for the person identified in the IndianExpress obituary as one person
  • Sujit Kumar on IMDb (as producer)