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Manoj Kumar was born on 24 July 1937 and his original name is Harikrishna Goswami. In his childhood days, Manoj had seen the movie Shabnam starring Dilip Kumar. He was so impressed with the character played by Dilip Kumar in the film that he also decided to become a film actor. Manoj completed his graduation from the famous Hindu College in Delhi. After this he came to Mumbai with the dream of becoming an actor. He started his cine career as an actor with the film “Fashion” released in 1957. The film was badly rejected at the ticket window due to weak screenplay and direction.
His acting prowess shone in producer-director Vijay Bhatt’s 1962 classic “Hariyali Aur Raasta”. His opposite was Mala Sinha in the film. The pair of both was very much liked by the audience. In 1964, his one more superhit film “Woh Kaun Thi” was released. In 1965 itself, another superhit film “Gumnaam” by Manoj Kumar was also released. In this film, the fabric of mystery and adventure, melodious song-music and sound were used imaginatively. In the year 1965 itself, he got an opportunity to work in Vijay Bhatt’s film “Himalaya ki lap mein”, which proved to be a super hit at the ticket window.
The film “Shaheed”, released in 1965, is counted among the important films of his cine career. In this film full of patriotism, he played the role of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh on the silver screen. He appeared in the role of a farmer as well as a soldier in the 1967 film “Upkar”. Her character’s name in the film was Bharat. Later Manoj Kumar became famous in the film industry by the same name. In 1970, another superhit film “Purab Aur Paschim” made under his production and direction was released. Through the film, he showed the story of such people who left the soil of their country and migrated to the west in the greed of wealth.
|Year||Name of the Movie|
|1962||Greenery and road|
|1962||Hope to drink|
|1963||Make your own look|
|1963||Look at home|
|1964||Your own aliens|
|1964||Who was she?|
|1965||In the lap of the Himalayas|
|1966||Season of savan|
|1967||Sanam of stone|
|1970||East and West|
|1970||My name is Joker|
|1974||Bread cloth and house|
|1977||Sai Baba of Shirdi|
|1987||Kalyug and Ramayana|
In the year 1972, another important film of Manoj Kumar’s cine career, “Shor” was released. “Roti Kapda Aur Makaan”, released in 1974, is counted among the important films of his career. Through this film, he deeply hurt the economy of the society. Also raised the issue of essential bread, cloth and house in common life. After the success of the film “Dus Numbri” released in 1976, he left the film industry for almost five years. In 1981, he started the second innings of his cine career through the film Kranti. Interestingly, through this film, his idol Dilip Kumar also started the second innings of his cine career. In a film full of patriotism, the pair of both received tremendous appreciation.
In 1989, Manoj Kumar once again returned to the field of film production and direction and produced the film “Clerk” but unfortunately the film proved unsuccessful at the ticket window. The film “Jai Hind”, released in the year 1999, proved to be the last film of his cine career as a producer-director, which was badly rejected at the ticket window. Manoj Kumar was honored with seven Filmfare Awards in his cine career. In recognition of his remarkable contribution in the field of film, he was honored with Padma Shri in 1992 and Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2016. She is not active in the film industry these days.
Manoj Kumar Facts
|Birth name||Harikishan Giri Goswami|
|Date of birth||July 24, 1937 (age 81)|
|Birth place||Abbottabad, (Present Pakistan)|
|Other names||Bharat Kumar|
|Workspace||Actor, film director|
|Relative||Rajeev Goswami (Brother)|
|1968||National Film Award (For Upkar Film)|
|2016||Dadasaheb Phalke Award (For Special Contribution to Indian Cinema)|
|1968||Filmfare Best Movie (Upkar)|
|1968||Filmfare Best Story (Upkar)|
|1968||Filmfare Best Story (Upkar)|
|1968||Filmfare Best Dialogue Award (Favour)|
|1972||Filmfare Best Actor Award (Dishonest)|
|1972||Filmfare Award for Best Editing (Noise)|
|1975||Filmfare Best Director Award (Bread cloth and house)|
|1999||Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award|