Vijay Arora at the Indo China Border
27 December 1944|
Gandhidham, British India
|Died||2 February 2007
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Vijay Arora (27 December 1944 – 2 February 2007) was an actor in Hindi films and television serials, most famous for his roles in Yaadon Ki Baaraat and as Indrajit in the television serial Ramayan. He is not to be confused with another Vijay Arora, who is a cinematographer.
Arora won a gold medal when he graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India in 1971. He made his debut with another newcomer Reena Roy in Zaroorat (1972). He starred with Asha Parekh in Rakhi Aur Hathkadi (1972) and with the guitar-strumming Zeenat Aman in Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) (featuring the romantic song, "Chura Liya Hai"). Two powerful actresses, Jaya Bhaduri and Waheeda Rehman, played his wife and mother-in-law in Phagun (1973). He starred with Shabana Azmi in Kadambari (1975); with Tanuja in Insaaf (1973); with Parveen Babi in 36 Ghante (1974); and with Moushumi Chatterjee in Natak (1975). Filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee gave him a starring role in the film Sabse Bada Sukh (1973). Other films include Roti, the lead role in Jeevan Jyoti (1976 film) (1976) opposite Bindiya Goswami which was a surprise hit of the year, Sargam (1979), Bade Dil Wala (1983), Jaan Tere Naam (1991) and Indian Babu (2003), where his characters were peripheral to the storyline.
In the late 80s, he found success on the small screen with his role as Meghnad Indrajit in the serial Ramayan directed by Ramanand Sagar. He also appeared in the series Bharat Ek Khoj directed by Shyam Benegal as Prince Salim/Emperor Jahangir.
In 2001, he was seen in two serials, Lakeerein and Talaash, and Ketan Mehta's Pradhan Mantri. He acted in Jaana Na Dil Se Door directed by Vijay Anand. Arora appeared in Gujarati cinema in films like Raja Harish Chandra, with Madhuri Dixit. He had acted in several Hindi and Gujarati plays. He did over 110 films and over 500 broadcast television serial episodes.
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Besides acting, Arora also set up his own software house which produced ad films and corporate films. His serial for children, Ek Tara Bole, was an award winner. He was the first in India to make ads and documentary films on using ISO 9000 standards. He did events for the Gem and Jewellery Council of India and was promoter of several imported products like acupuncture massagers and non electric industrial ventilators. He manufactured playing cards for various Indian corporations and sourced them to Warner Brothers for the movie Superman. He enjoyed helping students develop the skill and art of acting and was heavily into yoga, health and fitness.
! | Year ! | Film
1972 Zaroorat 1972 Rakhi Aur Hathkadi 1972 Sabse Bada Sukh 1972 Mere Bhaiya 1973 Yaadon Ki Baaraat 1973 Phagun (1973 film) 1973 Ek Mutthi Aasmaan 1973 Insaaf (1973 film) 1974 36 Ghante 1974 Roti (1974 film) 1975 Natak 1976 Jeevan Jyoti (1976 film) 1977 Anand Mahal 1978 Safed Haathi 1978 Dil Aur Deewaar 1979 Sargam (1979 film) 1979 Dikri Ane Gai Dore Tiva Jaye Gujrati 1979 Gautam Govinda 1979 Nagin Aur Suhagin 1980 Zakhmon Ke Nishan 1981 Jiyo To Aise Jiyo 1981 Sannata 1981 Lekh Na Mathe Mekh Gujrati 1982 Meri Aawaz Suno 1982 Sati Aur Bhagwan 1982 Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya 1983 Nishaan (1983 film) 1984 Bade Dil Wala 1985 Saaheb 1986 Amma (1986 film) 1987 Awam 1988 Sagar Sangam 1988 Veerana 1988 Kartoot 1989 Purani Haveli (film) 1989 Dost Garibon Ka 1991 Aakhri Cheekh 1991 100 Days (1991 film) 1992 Jaan Tere Naam 1992 Vishwatma 1992 Netraheen Sakshi 1993 Geetanjali (1993 film) 2003 Indian Babu
Arora was married to ex model and Miss India, Dilber Debara. They have a son called Farhad Vijay Arora who was a promoter for Ferrari and Maserati cars in India. Arora died on 2 February 2007 at his residence, due a stomach ailment.
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 June 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2006.
- "Yaadon ki Baraat star no more". The Times of India. PTI. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
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