Jeevan, born Omkar Nath Dhar (24 October 1915 – 10 June 1987), was an Indian actor who played Narad Muni in mythological films of the 1950s a total of 49 times. Later, he played the villain in popular Bollywood films of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. His son Kiran Kumar (born Deepak Dhar) is also a film and television actor.
Jeevan in the film Aakhri Dao
Omkar Nath Dhar
24 October 1915
|Died||10 June 1987 (aged 71)|
|Children||Kiran Kumar, Bhushan Jeevan|
Jeevan was born into an aristocratic Kashmiri Pandit family. His grandfather, a nobleman, served as the Governor of the Gilgit Agency. He lost his father when he was three years old, and his mother died during childbirth.
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.
It is said that he has played 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.
|1948||Ghar Ki Izzat||Moti|
|1954||Chandni Chowk||Ibrahim Baig|
|1957||Nau Do Gyarah||Surjeet|
|1966||Phool Aur Patthar||Jeevanram|
|1966||Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya||Bhagat|
|1970||Johny Mera Naam||Heera|
|1972||Garam Masala||Captain Kishore Chandra|
|1972||Bhai Ho To Aisa||Ram & Bharat's Mamaji|
|1973||Shareef Budmaash||Diwan Saheb|
|1973||Banarasi Babu||V. K. Saxena|
|1973||Do Phool||Advocate Vardhraj|
|1975||Ek Gaon ki Kahani||Lala Dindayal|
|1976||Sabse Bada Rupaiyaa||Dhanraj|
|1976||Aaj Ka Mahaatma||Head Clerk|
|1977||Amar Akbar Anthony||Robert / Albert|
|1977||Dharam Veer||Satpal Singh|
|1977||Dildaar||Sarpanch Charandas 'Mukhiya'|
|1979||Gopal Krishna||Narad Muni|
|1980||Takkar||Kishan, Vijay & Meena's Mamaji|
|1981||Professor Pyarelal||Shyamlal / Sammy|
|1981||Yaarana||Kishan & Bishan's Mamaji|
|1982||Sanam Teri Kasam||Wilson|
|1986||Kala Dhanda Goray Log||Kidnapper|
- http://cineplot.com/jeevan-memories Memories of Jeevan
- 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.
- "In the limelight: Seasoned actor Kiran Kumar talks of the many shades of his career". The Hindu. 13 November 2008.