Sujit Kumar was an actor and producer in Indian cinema. He was born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh with the name Shamsher Singh. He acted in both Hindi and Bhojpuri movies during his career of 150 movies. He was seen onscreen from the 1960s till the 1980s. Post the 1990’s his primary focus was on production.
In his career in Bollywood, Sujit was mostly cast in suspense movies like 1965’s Ek Saal Pehle, and 1966’s Lal Bangla. He has acted in quite a few films in which
was the hero. These include 1969’s Aradhana and Ittefaq, 1970’s Aan Milo Sajna, 1993’s Haathi Mere Saathi, 1972’s Amar Prem and Mere Jeevan Saathi, 1974’s Roti,1976’s Mehbooba, 1983’s Avtaar, 1985’s Aakhir Kyon?, and 1986’s Amrit. His other known roles include 1968’s Aankein where he played a spy,1970’s Naya Raasta, 1973’s Jugnu, 1976’s Charas, 1977’s Dharamveer, and 1999’s Hamrahi. As a producer, he has had a successful career in movies such as 1989’s Asmaan Se Ooncha, 1996’s Daraar, 2000’s Champion, and 2009’s Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam. All these movies have been big budget ones. His close friends in the industry included superstars such as Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra,
Saawan Kumar Tak
, and Randhir Kapoor.
Sujit’s contribution to Bhojpuri cinema includes 25 movies such as 1962’s Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo, 1981’s Saiyya Magan Pahalwani Me, 1983’s Sajai Da Maang Hamar, and 1984’s Pan Khaye Saiyya Hamar. His films in the late 1980s include 1986’s Ganga Jaisan Bhauji Hamar, 1987’s Sajanwa Bairi Bhaile Hamar, 1989’s Topaye Sindura Dipata Shankha, and 1989’s Patoh Bitiya. One of his last Bhojpuri ventures was 1991’s Ganga Kahe Pukar Ke.
Sujit also was on television from 1994 to 1995 as a part of Dahshat, which was a show in the horror genre, on ZEE TV. He had two children Jatin Kumar and Heena.
Sujit passed away in Mumbai, in 2010, after suffering from cancer since 2007. The majority of Bollywood fraternity such as the Kapoor family, Roshan family, and Rajesh Khanna attended his condolence meet.