Manoj Kumar: ‘Bharat Kumar’ of Hindi cinema is celebrating his 85th birthday today, because of this actor his name was changed

Manoj Kumar Birthday: Manoj Kumar is not only a great actor but also the best director, screenwriter, lyricist of Hindi cinema. Today the veteran actor is celebrating his 85th birthday. On the basis of his strong acting, the actor became the heartbeat of millions. He has made many excellent films in his film career, which mostly includes patriotic films. He has been given the surname Bharat Kumar. He is the recipient of one National Film Award and seven Filmfare Awards in various categories. Not only this, he has been awarded the Padma Shri in 1992 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2016 by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema and art.

Manoj Kumar changed his name by taking inspiration from this actor

Manoj Kumar was born in a Hindu Brahmin family. His name is Harikishan Giri Goswami, when he was just 10 years old, his family moved from Jandiala Sher Khan to Delhi due to partition. Manoj Kumar earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hindu College before trying his luck in films. At the same time, after the character of Dilip Kumar in the film ‘Shabnam’, he decided to keep his name Manoj Kumar. Very few people would know that Manoj Kumar met Bhagat Singh’s mother after his first film Shaheed. At that time his mother was admitted in the hospital, after meeting whom Manoj Kumar wept bitterly. At the same time, in most of the films made on patriotism, the character of the veteran actor was named ‘Bharat’. In such a situation, the fans started calling him Bharat Kumar.

Manoj Kumar made his debut in Hindi cinema with this film.

In the year 1957, Manoj Kumar participated in a fashion show. After which he got his first leading role in ‘Kaanch Ki Gudiya’ opposite Saeeda Khan. The veteran actor then appeared in Raj Khosla’s ‘Woh Kaun Thi’ opposite Sadhna, and reunited with Vijay Bhatt and Mala Sinha in ‘Himalaya Ki God Mein’. Kumar and Raj Khosla repeated their successful actor-director partnership with the film ‘Do Badan’. His successful films in the 1960s included romantic films like ‘Honeymoon’, ‘Apna Banke Dekho’, ‘Nakli Nawab’, ‘Pathar Ke Sanam’, ‘Saajan Aur Sawan Ki Ghata’ and social films like ‘Shaadi’, ‘Grihasthi’, ‘Apne Hue Paraye’ and ‘Aadmi’ and thrillers like ‘Gumnaam’, ‘Anita’ and ‘Woh Kaun Thi’ and comedies like ‘Picnic’.

Manoj Kumar got a lot of headlines from Roti Kapda Aur Makan and Kranti

In the year 1970, Manoj Kumar worked in three hit films. Which includes ‘Roti Kapda Makan’, ‘Kranti’ and ‘Sanyasi’. Jahan Roti Kapda Makaan was a social film, in which all the actors including Zeenat Aman, Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan were involved. The actor received his second Filmfare Award for Best Director for this movie. The religious-themed comedy film ‘Sanyasi’ starring Manoj Kumar and Hema Malini was also very successful. At the same time, in the year 1981, his film Kranti came, which almost everyone must have seen. This film is still telecast on every channel on Independence and Republic Day.

Manoj Kumar left acting after this film.

However, in 1981 Manoj Kumar’s career started declining. Films like ‘Kalyug’, ‘Ramayana’ and ‘Clerk’ flopped at the box office. In 1989, he cast Pakistani actors Mohammad Ali and Zeba in his film Clerk. The actor quit acting after his appearance in the 1995 film Maidan-e-Jung. He directed his son Kunal Goswami in the 1999 film ‘Jai Hind’, which was based on a patriotic theme. The film was a flop and it was Kumar’s last film. Let us tell you that he was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 for a career spanning over 40 years.