Sanjeev Kumar: Legendary Indian Film Actor From Hindi Films – Age, Death, Wife, Movies, Family, Biography

Sanjeev Kumar

Sanjeev Kumar Age, Death, Wife, Movies, Family, Biography

Sanjeev Kumar was legendary Indian film actor from Hindi films. He successfully acted in in many movies from romantic drams to thrillers.

He was a popular Indian actor who played some iconic roles in Bollywood films. They are still deeply embedded in the memories of his fans.

He was one of the greatest actors in Indian Cinema.  He played non-glamorous roles very beautifully. He was a winner of several major awards including two National film Awards.

He won the awards for Dastak & Koshish. He gave stellar performance in many films like Trishul, Sholay, Koshish, Dastak, Devta, Pati Patni Aur Who and many more.

He played double role in Angoor, the film was listed among the 25 best acting performances of Indian cinema by Forbes India on the occasion of celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema.

Early life of Sanjeev Kumar

Sanjeev was born on 9th July 1938 in Surat Gujarat. Originally, his name was Harihar Jariwala. His father’s name was Jethalal Jariwala & mother’s name was Zaverben Jariwala.

He had two brothers named Kishor & Nikul & a sister Leela. He was known as Haribhai among his near ones. He dropped out his Gujarati medium school to join the Indian National Theatre in Mumbai.

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He shifted to Mumbai at very young age. He became an accomplished actor there. He was a student of writer/director P.D Shenoy. An Indian film director/producer/lyrics Sawan kumar Tak gave him the screen name Sanjeev Kumar.

Personal life of Sanjeev Kumar

Sanjeev remain single during his life. In 1973, he proposed Hema Malini, later he started liking Sulakshana Pandit. Gulzar & Sanjeev Kumar was close friends.

They loved working together. Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Tanuja were some of his closest friends from film industries.

He was a very good friend of actor, director Sachin Pilgaonkar & actress Sarika. He was known for his love for food & he was very fond of throwing & attending parties at residence of Bollywood actors.

A road in Surat, Gujarat is named on Sanjeev Kumar. Sunil Dutt indurated that Sanjeev Kumar Marg.

In Surat a NGO named Sanjeev Kumar Foundation is working with underprivileged children. The foundation provides basic needs and amenities to them.

Film Career of Sanjeev Kumar

With IPTA in Mumbai, he started his acting career as stage actor. Later on, he joined the Indian National Theatre.

At the age of 22, he played a role of a 60-year-old person’s role with six children. In 1960, he made his film debut with a small role in Hum Hindustani.

Nishan was his first film as coryphaeus. The film was released in 1965. By the time, he acted with Shammi Kapoor, Sadhna & Dilip Kumar.

In 1966, he played the role of famous Gujarati poet Kalapi for Gujarati film Kalapi. In that, film actress Padmarani played the role of his wife & Aruna Irani played the role of his lover.

Later in 1968, Sanjeev & Aruna played opposite role in another Gujarati movie Mare Javun Pele Par. In 1970, Hindi remake of that film named Khilona gave national recognition to Sanjeev.

He also acted for an Indo-Iranian film Subah aur Shaam. Later on, he acted in Parichay, Koshish, Aandhi, Angoor, Namkeen & Mausam.

He received BEJA Award for Best Actor (Hindi) for his superb performance in Koshish as a deaf & mute person. Seeta aur Geeta, Manchali & Aap Ki Kasam were his box office hits.

For Arjun Pandit he won the Best Actor Award in Filmfare. Angaare, Paras, Sriman Shrimati, Anokhee were some of his hit films.

Seeta aur Geeta, Biwi O Biwi, Angoor, Hero & Pati Patni aur Woh were his excellent comic movies.

Sanjeev was famous for demonstrated a willingness to take on unconventional roles that challenged him as an actor.

Mirza Sajjad Ali was one of that. Blockbuster films Sholay & Trishul were some of his best-remembered films.

He did many regional films in different languages like Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu & Sindhi.

Health problems & death of Sanjeev Kumar

After his first heart attack in 1976, he had a bypass surgery in US. But on 6th November 1985 he died of massive heart attack at the age of 47.

His movie Proffessor Ki Padosan was released after his death along with more than ten movies starring him.

National Film Awards received by Sanjeev Kumar

He won best Actor Award for his film Dustak in 1971 & for Koshish in 1993.

Fimfare Awards for Sanjeev

He won Award of Best Actor for Aandhi in 1976 & for Arjun Pandit in 1977. He received Best Supporting Actor Award for Shikar in 1969.

He was nominated as Best Actor for Khilona in 1971, for Koshish in 1974, for Sholay in 1976, for Mausam in 1977, for Yehi Hai Zindgi in 1978, for Zindgi in 1978, for Devta in 1979, for Pati Patni Aur Who in 1979 & for Angoor in 1983.

He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Trishul in 1979 & for Vidhata in 1983. Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Nominated

  • 1979 Trishul – Raj Kumar ‘R.K.’ Gupta
  • 1983 Vidhaata – Abu Baba