Sanjeev Kumar

Other names of Sanjeev Kumar: Harihar Jethalal Jariwala, Haribhai

Sanjeev Kumar was born on July 9th, 1938 in Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay), India. His original name was Harihar Jethalal Jariwala. He was an actor by profession who worked in Bollywood. He moved to Surat after birth. His family again moved to Mumbai. He has three siblings- one sister and two brothers. Sanjeev didn’t get married ever. He was in a relationship with Sulakshana Pandit, but the couple didn’t get married. He went to a film school. It was here that he learned the nuances of acting. He performed with Indian People’s Theatre Association and then became a part of the Indian National Theatre. He was spotted by director Gulzar.

In 1960, he debuted in the movie Hum Hindustani, in which he played a small role of a police inspector. His first movie as a lead actress was Nishan, which released in 1965. In 1968, the actor was seen in a murder mystery flick Shikar, in which he played the role of Inspector Rai. The role won him his first Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. The very same year, he was seen in Sunghursh, alongside top actors of that time- Dilip Kumar and Vyajyanthimala. In 1969, he was seen in the film Oos Raat Ke Baad in which he was seen in a double role. The actor got mass recognition in 1970 when he featured in the film Khilona. The movie was a huge success and Sanjeev got nominated for a Filmfare Best Actor Award. There was no looking back for him after that, and he gave several hits like ‘ Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘ Hero’, ‘Pati, Patni Aur Woh,’ among others. In 1972, he played the role of Haricharan Mathur in the movie Koshish. It won him another nomination in the Filmfare Awards. National Film Awards honored him with the Best Actor Award second time after Dastak. In 1975, Sanjeev did the film Sholay, in which he played Thakur Baldev Singh. The movie is counted among the classic movies in the history of Hindi cinema.

He played many unconventional characters. In 1977, Shatranj Ke Khilari, a direction by Satyajit Ray, saw Sanjeev playing Mirza Sajjad Ali’s character. It was a historical film which threw light on the kingdom of Awadh. The film fetched a National Award and was critically acclaimed. The actor had a congenital heart disease by birth. No member of his family lived for more than 50 years. He suffered a heart attack and went to the US to get a bypass surgery done. On November 6th, 1985, at a young age of 47, he suffered another heart attack and passed away. More than ten of his films released after his death. His last film was Professor Ki Padosan (1993). He could complete only three-fourth part of the movie.

Sanjeev Jaiswal Hindi Actor

Sanjeev Jaiswal

A lot of twinkle-eyed dreamers get into the acting industry in the hopes of becoming the next sensation and the subject of unconditional adulation from the masses, but very few can forge a niche for themselves and most end up on the periphery, slogging day and night to survive. Sanjeev Jaiswal is someone who can attest to that fact. Born to a businessman father and a homemaking mother in Jamshedpur where he spent most of his early life, Jaiswal’s upbringing was humble. He attended Motilal Nehru Public School before procuring a ‘Bachelor of Arts’ degree from IGNOU.  Having honed his acting skills in the Delhi theater scene, Jaiswal started making inroads for himself by participating and being a top ten finalist of Zee TV’s ‘India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj’ in 2008 in their Delhi auditions. Following that, he moved to Mumbai and played a small role in an Indian Premier League (IPL) advert. He then played some roles in serials and daily soaps and was well received by the audiences. He was seen on popular Star Plus serial ‘Sasural Genda Phool,’ playing the role of an assistant to a director.  But it was in 2013 that all the hard work and perseverance Jaiswal had put in paid dividends as from a pool of 500 auditioned actors, he was selected to play the role of Ajmal Kasab (prime accused in the 26/11 terrorist attacks that happened in Mumbai) by Ram Gopal Verma in his 26/11 based movie ‘The Attacks of 26/11’. The movie was released on 1st March, and Jaiswal’s performance was praised and appreciated by both the audience and the media. In many an interview, Jaiswal shared all the psychological challenges that he had to face with the biggest one being that the masses don’t feel that he was only handed the role because he resembled a terrorist. Jaiswal felt that people hated the character he played but liked him as an actor, an outcome one would presume the one he desired. He also received praise from Amitabh Bachchan, who said that the young actor played his role convincingly.  Jaiswal’s story is one of hard work and determination and should inspire a lot of aspiring actors to give up on the concept of giving up. 

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Saqib Saleem

Saqib Saleem also known as Saqib Saleem Qureshi (born 8 April 1988), is an Indian model turned actor based in Bollywood films. Before beginning his career in cinema, he was a full-time model. When he moved to Mumbai, Saleem started appearing in several ad films and subsequently managed a leading role in the Yash Raj Films. This romantic comedy, ‘Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge’ was released in 2011. It was an average hit. However, his performance in the film brought him critical acclamation. Further success came for him with the leading roles in the films like Mere Dad Ki Maruti (2013), Bombay Talkies (2013) and Hawaa Hawaai (2014). Saleem is a part of the team Mumbai Heroes at the Celebrity Cricket League. Saqib Saleem comes from a Muslim family in Delhi. He is the son of Saleem Qureshi, who is a restaurateur, running a chain of 10 restaurants called Saleem’s in different locations of Delhi. His mother's name is Ameena Qureshi, who is a homemaker. At some point in his college days, Saleem put his hands in the managing of the restaurants but was not fond of it. By that time, Saleem had started modeling already and later shifted to Mumbai. Saqib’s journey began as a cricketer for Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir. After moving to Mumbai, Saleem started out by doing a few modeling works, subsequently moving into television advertisements for famous brands like Tata Docomo, Pepsi, Airtel, Lays (with actor Ranbir Kapoor), Bar One, Sprite, KFC among others. Shooting for the ads grew an interest in acting, and he wanted to try his luck in Bollywood films. Fashion designer Varun Bahl, a close friend of his, helped him to get a chance to audition for Yash Raj Films. After eight months of grueling auditions, he achieved the role in Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge. He also appeared in Mere Dad Ki Maruti (2013). At present, Saleem is filming for Vasan Bala's ‘Side Hero’, which is expected to be released in late 2015.

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