Manmohan Krishna

Manmohan Krishna (11 August 1921 – 3 November 1990), often credited as Manmohan, was a popular Indian film actor and director, who worked in Hindi films for four decades, mostly as a character actor. He started his career as a professor in Physics and held master's degree in physics. He anchored radio the show Cadbury's Phulwari, a singing contest. Many people don't know that Manmohan Krishna sang his first song, 'Jhat khol de' in Afsar (1950), a Dev Anand film with music by S.D. Burman.

Manmohan Krishna Chadha
Born(1921-08-11)11 August 1921
Died3 November 1990(1990-11-03) (aged 69)
Mumbai, India
Other namesManmohan Krishan
Occupationactor, director
Years active1950–1989

He was a favourite with the Chopra brothers and played small or large roles in movies directed and/or produced by them. Deewar, Trishul, Daag, Humraz, Joshila, Kanoon, Kala Patthar, Dhool Ka Phool, Waqt and Naya Daur are some examples.

He worked in nearly 250 films, notably Naya Daur (1957), Khandan ( 1965), Sadhana (1958), Waqt (1965) and Hamraaz (1967).[1] He won acclaim for his work in Bees Saal Baad (1962)[1] and won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Abdul Rasheed in Dhool Ka Phool (1960), where the song epitomizing Nehruvian secularism, Tu Hindu banega na Musalman banega, insaan ki aulaad hai, insaan banega was picturised on him.[2] Beside these, he also acted in 12 Punjabi films, played a pivotal role in K. A. Abbas's Shehar Aur Sapna (1963), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film, and acted in the first Indo-Soviet co-production Pardesi (1957),[1] which was nominated for the Golden Palm at 1958 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

Later in his career he directed the hit film for Yash Raj Films, Noorie (1980), for which he was also nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Director.[4]

He died at Lokmanya Tilak Hospital, Mumbai at the age of 68 in 1990.[1]

Selected filmographyEdit

Films as actor
Year Film Role Notes
1949 Apna Desh
1952 Baiju Bawra Shanker Anand
1952 Rahi
1953 Anarkali Parvez
1957 Naya Daur Jumman dada
1957 Pardesi
1958 Sadhna Lallu Bhai
1960 Angulimaal Ahinsak's father (Raj Purohit)
1961 Dharmputra Amrit Rai
1962 Bees Saal Baad Ramlal /Radheshyam
1962 Jhoola Head Constable Sundarlal
1963 Grahasti Doctor
1963 Dil Ek Mandir Philip
1963 Shehar Aur Sapna
1963 Sehra Chief Tailab
1965 Waqt Mittal
1966 Chaddian Di Doli Father Punjabi film
1967 Hamraaz Mr. Verma
1967 Naunihal Ustad Mansharam
1967 Upkaar Bisna
1968 Izzat Father Abhrahim
1970 Pushpanjali Maharaj, the cook
1972 Raampur Ka Lakshman Kedarnath Bhargav
1973 Joshila Jailor
1975 Deewaar DCP Narang
1976 Mehbooba Bandhe Ali Khan
1979 Kaala Patthar Dhaba Owner
1980 Noorie Saiji (Storyteller) Director of the film
1981 Khoon Ki Takkar


  1. ^ a b c d "Obituary: Manmohan Krishna". Indian Express. 4 November 1990.
  2. ^ "Nehru's vision shaped many Bollywood golden oldies". The Times of India. 16 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Journey Beyond Three Seas". Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  4. ^ List of Filmfare Award Winners and Nominations, 1953-2005

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