Sanjeev Kumar was one of the wealthiest actors of Bollywood’s select multifaceted talent. He was born on 9 July 1938 in Mumbai into a middle-class Gujarati family. He used to dream of working as an actor in films since childhood. To fulfill this dream, he joined theater in the early stages of his life and later he joined the Acting School of Filmalaya. Meanwhile, in the year 1960, we got a chance to play a small role in the film ‘Hum Hindustani’.
As an actor Sanjeev Kumar got the opportunity to work in the film ‘Nishan’ released in the year 1965. After this she acted in many films like ‘Smuggler’, ‘Husband and Ishq’, ‘Husn Aur Ishq’, ‘Badal’, ‘Naunihal’ and ‘Gunhagar’ but none of the films were successful at the box office. In the 1968 film Shikar, he appeared in the role of a police officer. He also received the Filmfare Award for Supporting Actor for his strong performance in this film. In the film ‘Sangharsh’ released in 1968, he worked with Dilip Kumar. After this, Sanjeev Kumar made his acting debut among the audience through the success found in films like ‘Ashirwad’, ‘Raja aur Ranka’, ‘Satyakam’ and ‘Anokhi Raat’. After the tremendous success of the film ‘Toy’ released in 1970, Sanjeev Kumar made his own identity as an actor.
He was awarded the ‘National Award’ for Best Actor for the film ‘Dastak’, which was released in the year 1970 itself. He appeared in the role of Gunge in the film ‘Try’, released in 1972.
His first film as a hero was “Nishan (1965)”. But from the movie called Toy (1970), Star. This year he had one more film – Dastak. He also received the National Award for Best Actor for his best performance in this film. After this, he played memorable characters in films like “Anubhav” (1971), “Sita Aur Geeta (1972)”.
Sanjeev Kumar started his film career in 1960 with a small role of just two minutes in the film Hum Hindustani. In the year 1962, he gave a screen test for Rajshree Production Aarti in which he could not pass. After this he got many B-grade films. Despite these insignificant films, through his acting, he caught everyone’s attention. Sanjeev Kumar first got a chance to work in the 1965 film Nishan as the lead actor. From the year 1960 to 1968, Sanjeev Kumar struggled to make his place in the film industry. After the film Hum Hindustani, he went on to accept whatever role he got. Meanwhile, she acted in several films like Smuggler, Husband and Husband and Ishq, Badal, Naunihal and Gunhgar, but none of them were successful at the box office.
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In the 1968 film Shikar, she appeared in the role of a police officer. The film was entirely focused on actor Dharmendra, yet managed to leave a mark of his acting even in the presence of an actor like Sanjeev Kumar Dharmendra. He also received the Filmfare Award for Supporting Actor for his strong performance in this film.
Best Actor Award
Her performance in the film ‘Try’, released in 1972, got a new dimension to the audience. Sanjeev Kumar played the role of a mute in the film ‘Try’. Without telling dialogue, telling the audience everything with just eyes and facial expressions was such an example of Sanjeev Kumar’s acting talent, which hardly any actor can replicate.
He then takes a photo hanging on the wall of his dead wife. There is a deep shadow of sadness in his eyes and anger on his face.
Sanjeev Kumar is known in the Indian cinema world as a multifaceted artist who made the audience go crazy with the roles of hero, co-star, villain and character artist. A feature in Sanjeev Kumar’s acting was that he was always suitable for any kind of role. Later, Sanjeev Kumar showed his performance in many films like ‘Aandhi’, ‘Mausam’, ‘Namkeen’ and ‘Angoor’ under the direction of Gulzar. Sanjeev Kumar played a double role in the 1982 film Angoor.
Honours and awards
Sanjeev Kumar has received the National Award for Best Actor twice and has been awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Actor twice. He was first awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the film ‘Aandhi’, released in 1975.