Raaj Kumar

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Raaj Kumar

Born: 8 October 1926

Died: 3 July 1996

  • He born as Kulbhushan Pandit was an Indian film actor.
  • He worked as a sub-inspector of Mumbai Police in the late 1940s before he turned to act with the 1952 Hindi film Rangeeli.
  • He appeared in the Oscar-nominated 1957 film Mother India and went on to star in over 70 Hindi films in a career that spanned over four decades.
  • He made his acting debut in the 1952 film Rangili and appeared in films like Aabshar, Ghamand and Lakhon Mein Ek, but it was as Prince Naushazad in Sohrab Modi’s Nausherwan-E-Adil (1957) that he became famous.
  • In 1957, he achieved prominence with his brief role as the husband of Nargis in Mother India.
  • He followed this with the unglamorous role of a mill worker in Paigham (1959) alongside Dilip Kumar.
  • In Sridhar’s Dil Ek Mandir (1963), Raaj Kumar played the role of a cancer patient for which he won the Filmfare Award in the Best supporting actor category.
  • He was cast with Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor and Balraj Sahni in Yash Chopra’s family drama Waqt in 1965. 
  • He became known for his distinct style of dialogue delivery.

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