Born on 20 July 1929, Rajendra Kumar is a Bollywood actor. He entered the film industry during the year 1950. He worked in over 80 movies in his career of 40 years. The 1960s were favorable for him, since he was highly successful during that period.
Rajendra Kumar was not inclined towards playing hero roles and hence, he started his film career as an assistant director. After having tried his luck as an assistant director to H. S. Rawail, he took up acting. The film, ‘Jogan’, established Rajendra Kumar as a star to reckon with. He acted in a supporting role in ‘Mother India’, and the film was a huge success.
The film, ‘Ghooj Uthi Shehnai’, showcased his romantic acting skills and he was the lead hero of the film. The film was a success. Several of his films celebrated silver jubilee and he got the recognition, “Jubilee Kumar”. Dil Ek Mandir, Dhool Ka Phool, Sangam, Mere Mehboob, Suraj, Arzu, etc. were commercially successful.
From the year 1972, his career started sloping since Bollywood witnessed the charisma of
Rajesh Khanna. Kumar turned to character roles and also worked in a few Punjabi films. His film, ‘
Love Story’, wherein his son,
Kumar Gaurav acted (he also acted in it), was a blockbuster. Unfortunately, Kumar Gaurav’s other films were a disaster at the box office.
Kumar was credited with Padma Shri during 1969. He also got involved in charity shows.
Rajendra Kumar had a good rapport with
Raj Kapoor and
Sunil Dutt. The producers fondly called Rajendra Kumar as Golden Boy. This is due to the reason that the producers didn’t lose money by investing in his films. Rajendra Kumar was last seen in the film, ‘Earth’, which is directed by
Deepa Mehta. Kumar breathed his last breath in 1999. A commendable trivia about him is that he never resorted to medicines during his lifetime.
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Birth name Rajendra Kumar Tuli, he was born in a Tuli family in Sialkot, Pakistan, to a Punjabi family. Popularly known as the Jubilee Kumar by fans, he was considered a lucky mascot, It was often mentioned that most of the movies he starred in were silver or a golden jubilee hit.
He got his first breakthrough in the movie, ‘Jogan’, in 1950. Though a small role, he shared the screen with
Dilip Kumar and Nargis. He attained fame from Nargis and
Sanjay Dutt starrer, ‘Mother India’, in 1957, where he played the role of Nargis' son.
During the early years, he started as an assistant director to H.S. Rawail. With the growing fame, top actresses of the era such as Meena Kumari, Sadhana, and Mala Kumari worked with him. 1960 turned out to be a wonder era for the superstar. He appeared in over 80 movies.
He entered wedlock with Shukla, and had a son and two daughters. His son, Kumar Gaurav, married Sunil Dutt’s daughter, Namrata, and had a very brief acting career.
Among his many hits are some of his remarkable performances in 'Arzoo' (1965), 'Suraj' (1966), 'Sangam' (1964), 'Ganwaar' (1970), 'Dil Ek Mandir' (1963), 'Dhool ka Phool' (1959), 'Saajan bina Suhagan' (1978), as well as 'Mere Mehboob' (1963). Not only in Hindi movies, but he also starred in Punjabi films like Teri meri ek Jindari.
From the 1970s, he started facing tough competition from Rajesh Khanna. He launched his son, Kumar Gaurav, in the film, Love Story, which was a blockbuster hit. Other films which he produced were Naam and Phool, both with his son, Kumar Gaurav. In 1995, Rajendra Kumar did his last acting role in the serial, ‘
Rajendra Kumar was awarded a PhD. During his lifetime, he was known for not taking any medication. He surrendered before cancer on July 12, 1999, just eight days before his 70th birthday. He received many awards such as the National Honor by Late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, special Shastri National Award, and was also conferred with the Justice of Peace honour. He was also honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri Award in 1969. Rajendra Kumar shone as an actor, producer, director, editor and presenter.