Bollywood Actor Sanjeev Kumar
Sanjeev Kumar’s real name is Harihar Jariwala on 9th July 1939 to a Gujarati family residing in Mumbai. Sanjeev Kumar is one the all time great actors on Indian cinema but he is rarely given that recognition. Some reasons for it could be that he acted in the times when other greats like Dilip Kumar, Dharmendra & Amitabh
Bachchan were extremely popular and starred in more big budgeted blockbuster movie while Sanjeev Kumar starred in more demanding and versatile roles thus big successes were not always coming his way.
He started his Bollywood journey with the movie ‘Hum Hindustani’ that was released in the year 1960. Thereafter he had to wait for another 5 yrs to star in a movie as the lead hero, the movie was released in 1965 and titled ‘Nishan’. If one ever goes through the list of movies he has done then it will be more than apparent that he is one of the most versatile actor to have ever graced the Indian movie scene. He is also known to have done some of best work for the fame Indian director and poet Shri Gulzar Saheb, all in all Sanjeev Kumar acted in as many as 9 movies for Gulzar Saheb some of which are ‘Aandhi’ released in 1975, ‘Mausam’ also released in 1975, ‘Angoor’ released in 1981 and ‘Namkeen’ that was released in 1982. ‘Angoor’ that was released in 1981 is a classic and a complete hilarious movie that has Sanjeev Kumar playing a double role and his servant in the movie also stars in a double role. In the movie Sanjeev Kumar has a twin brother but he isn’t aware of the same and what transpires is a complete riot and the way Sanjeev acted in the movie is something that only he can do.
In 1975 he played the role of ‘Thakur Baldev Singh’ in the blockbuster movie ‘Sholay’ that till that remains the most successful Bollywood movie ever. Sanjeev plays the role of a cop who gets hold of a dangerous dacoit named ‘Gabbar Singh’ played by Amjad Khan. After escaping from the prison Gabbar murders the family members of Baldev Singh. To get instant revenge he chases them to their hiding where they get hold of him and amputate his arms. But he doesn’t lose hope though and brings Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) & Veeru (Dharmendra) to fight his battle. He wins and the movie won the hearts of all Indian audiences and even today it remains one of the most watched Bollywood movies of all time.
He also starred in the romantic Bollywood movie ‘Silsila’ that was released in 1981 and made by Yash
Chopra. Another movie worth mentioning is the 1974 release ‘Naya Din Nayi Raat’; in this movie he plays as many as 9 different characters in the same movie representing 9 different stages and emotions of a man’s life and here too only an actor his versatility could have done justice to the roles.
With the advent of the 80s Sanjeev Kumar started acting frequently in supporting leads instead of more prominent roles. At the age of 47 he passed away due to a heart disease. He remained a bachelor all through his life. He is said to have a relationship with Sulakshana Pandit, an actress who wanted to marry him, but Sanjeev did not accept it as he could never get over the fact that the lady he liked, Hema Malini married Dharmendra. There is a lot to Sanjeev Kumar than what an article can encompass, whenever there is a talk of the great Bollywood actors its rare that he gets frequently mentioned but it is for the audience to judge his importance to Bollywood, do we judge our actor for their acting abilities or just for their popularity.