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Jeevan, born as Omkar Nath Dhar (24 October 1915 – 10 June 1987), was an Indian Bollywood actor who played the role of Narad Muni in mythological films of the 1950s a total of 49 times.[1][2] Later, he played the role of a villain in many films of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His son Kiran Kumar is also an actor.[3]

Omkar Nath Dhar

(1915-10-24)24 October 1915
Died10 June 1987(1987-06-10) (aged 71)
OccupationFilm actor
ChildrenKiran Kumar, Bhushan Jeevan


Early lifeEdit

Jeevan was born into large family, he had 24 siblings. His grandfather was the Governor of Gilgit in Gilgit-Baltistan. He lost his father when he was 3 years old and his mother died at childbirth.[1]


From an early age, Jeevan wanted to be an actor as films had always fascinated him. Since his grandfather was the Governor, their family was considered among the nobility. As a son of such a family, joining films would not have been accepted as films were considered taboo, so Jeevan ran away from home at the age of 18 and came to Bombay with only Rs. 26 in his pocket.

After a brief period of struggle, he eventually landed himself a job in the studios of Mohan Sinha (Vidya Sinha’s grandfather). His job was to stick silver paper on the reflectors. It was here while working as a reflector boy that he landed a lead role in the movie Fashionable India, which was being made by Mohan Sinha.[1]

It is said that he has played the role of Narad Muni in more than 60 films and theater shows of different languages. He became notable otherwise for his roles in Romantic India in 1935, Afasana in 1946 and Station Master in 1942. Jeevan appeared in several Dev Anand films from 1946 to 1978 and in Manmohan Desai movies such as Amar Akbar Anthony and Dharam Veer as villains. He also starred in the Punjabi film Teri Meri Ek Jindri. His last movie was Insaaf Ki Manzil, released in 1986, produced by Ram Nandan Prasad and Directed by Braj Bhushan. He died on 10 June 1987 at the age of 71.[1]

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Film Role
1940 Anuradha
1948 Mela
1948 Ghar Ki Izzat Moti
1954 Chandni Chowk
1954 Nagin
1956 Taj Trishanku Singh
1957 Nau Do Gyarah Surjeet
1957 Naya Daur Kundan
1958 Do Phool Master-ji
1960 Kannon Kalidas
1962 Rungoli Sadhuram
1964 Sangam
1965 Mahabharat Shakuni
1965 Waqt Orphanage Warden
1965 Phool Aur Patthar Jeevan Ram
1966 Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya Bhagat
1967 Hamraaz Thakur
1968 Aabroo Darwajalal
1969 Bandhan Jeevanlal
1969 Talash John
1969 Intaquam
1969 Badi Didi
1970 Johny Mera Naam Heera
1970 Heer Ranjha Kaazi
1970 Mere Humsafar
1972 Garam Masala Captain Kishore Chandra
1972 Bhai Ho To Aisa Mamaji
1973 Shareef Budmaash Deewan Saheb
1973 Do Phool
1974 Roti Lala
1975 Ek Gaon ki Kahani
1975 Anokha Manchanda
1975 Dharmatma Anokhelal
1976 Sabse Bada Rupaiyaa Dhanraj
1976 Aaj Ka Mahatma Head Clerk
1977 Darling Darling
1977 Amar Akbar Anthony Robert
1977 Dharam Veer Satpal Singh
1977 Dildaar Sarpanch 'Charandas' Mukhiya
1977 Chacha Bhatija
1979 Surakshaa Hiralal
1979 Gopal Krishna Narad Muni
1979 Suhaag Bhaskar
1980 Takkar Mamaji
1980 Khanjar
1981 Naseeb Professor Prem
1981 Lawaaris Lala
1981 Gambler Master
1981 Professor Pyarelal Shyamlal/Sammy
1981 Yaarana Mama
1981 Bulundi Babulal Bhakhri
1982 Teesri Aankh Paul
1982 Sanam Teri Kasam Wilson
1982 Desh Premee Munim
1982 Hathkadi Suraj
1983 Nishan Deewanji
1985 Geraftaar Lucy's father
1986 Kala Dhanda Goray Log Kidnapper arvish


  1. ^ a b c d Memories of Jeevan
  2. ^ Agnihotri, Ram Awatar (1992). Artistes and their films of modern Hindi cinema: cultural and sociopolitical impact on society, 1931-1991. Commonwealth Publishers. ISBN 978-81-7169-180-7. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  3. ^ "In the limelight: Seasoned actor Kiran Kumar talks of the many shades of his career". The Hindu. 13 November 2008.

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