Manoj Kumar (born Harikishan Giri Goswami on 24 July 1937) is an Indian actor and director in Bollywood. He is remembered for his versatile performances in films like Hariyali Aur Raasta, Woh Kaun Thi?, Himalaya Ki God Mein, Do Badan, Upkar, Patthar Ke Sanam, Neel Kamal, Purab Aur Paschim, Beimaan, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, Dus Numbri, Sanyasi and Kranti. He is known for acting in and directing films with patriotic themes, and has been given the nickname Bharat Kumar.
Manoj Kumar in 2012
Harikishan Giri Goswami
24 July 1937
|Other names||Bharat Kumar|
|Occupation||Movie director, actor|
|Relatives||Rajiv Goswami (brother)|
Manish Goswami (brother)
Kumar was born in Abbottabad, a town in the North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, then part of pre-partition India. His original birth name was Harikishan Giri Goswami. When he was 10, his family had to migrate from Jandiala Sher Khan to Delhi due to the Partition. His family lived as refugees in Vijay Nagar, Kingsway Camp and later moved to Old Rajendra Nagar area of New Delhi.
After graduating from Hindu College, University of Delhi, he decided to enter the film industry.
After making a little-noticed début in Fashion in 1957, Manoj landed his first leading role in Kaanch Ki Gudia (1960) opposite Saida Khan. Piya Milan Ki Aas and Reshmi Roomal followed, setting the stage for the Vijay Bhatt-directed Hariyali Aur Raasta (1962) opposite Mala Sinha. Kumar then appeared with Sadhana in Raj Khosla's Woh Kaun Thi (1964), and reunited with Vijay Bhatt and Mala Sinha in Himalaya Ki God Mein (1965). Manoj Kumar and Raj Khosla repeated their successful Actor-Director partnership with the film Do Badan, which was remembered for many reasons, including Raj Khosla's direction, Manoj Kumar and the heroine Asha Parekh's excellent display of histrionics, an outstanding musical score by Ravi and immortal songs by the lyricist Shakeel Badayuni, among others.
The versatile heroEdit
In the 1960s his successful films included romantic films like Honeymoon, Apna Banake Dekho, Naqli Nawab, Paththar Ke Sanam, Sajan and Sawan Ki Ghata and social films such as Shaadi, Grihasti, Apne Huwe Paraye, and Aadmi and thrillers such as Gumnaam, Anita, and Woh Kaun Thi and comedy film like Picnic.
The patriotic heroEdit
Kumar's image as the patriotic hero started with the 1965 film Shaheed, based on the life of Bhagat Singh, the Independence revolutionary. After the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri asked him to create a film based on the popular slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kissan (hail the soldier, hail the farmer).
The result was Kumar's magnum opus and directorial debut Upkaar (1967). In it, he played both a soldier and a farmer. The film was also noted for the famous song "Mere Desh Ki Dharti", written by Gulshan Bawra, composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and sung by Mahendra Kapoor. Upkaar was a hit and won Kumar his first Filmfare Best Director Award.
Manoj returned to patriotic themes in Purab Aur Paschim (1970), in which life in the East and West are juxtaposed. The film Pehchaan directed by Sohanlal Kanwar had Kumar opposite Babita and it was successful.
In 1972, he starred in Be-Imaan (for which he won the Filmfare Best Actor Award) and later directed and starred in Shor (1972). The latter, opposite Nanda, was not a huge box office success on its release, but has gained cult status over the years. It featured the memorable song "Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai", a duet by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh, which was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and written by Santosh Anand.
Peak of his careerEdit
In the mid-1970s Kumar starred in three hit films; Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (1974) which was a social commentary, featuring an all-star cast including Zeenat Aman, Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan. He won his second Filmfare Award for Best Director for the film Roti Kapda Makan. Sanyasi (1975),a religious-themed comedy, had Kumar and Hema Malini in the lead roles and film was hugely successful. Dus Numbri (1976) also gave Kumar,Pran,Prem Nath and Hema top billing.
In 1981, Kumar reached the peak of his career when he got the opportunity to direct his idol, Dilip Kumar, as well as to star in Kranti, a story about the struggle for Indian independence in the 19th century. Kranti was the last notable successful Hindi film in his career. He also starred in the hit Punjabi film Jat Punjabi.
After Kranti in 1981, Kumar's career began to decline, when the films he did with him in lead role like Kalyug Aur Ramayan in 1987 and later Clerk in 1989 failed at the box office. In 1989, he cast Pakistani actors Mohammad Ali and Zeba in his film Clerk. He quit acting after his appearance in the 1995 film Maidan-E-Jung. He directed his son, Kunal Goswami, in the 1999 film Jai Hind which had a patriotic theme. The film was a flop and was the last film Kumar worked on.
He was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 for a career spanning over 40 years.
His trademark hand-covering-the-face was very popular and continues to be the butt of jokes of latter day stand-up comedians. In 2007, the Shah Rukh Khan film Om Shanti Om featured the lead character pretending to be Manoj Kumar so as to sneak into a movie premiere, by holding his hand over his face. Kumar filed a lawsuit, which was settled out of court.
Like many other Bollywood stars, Kumar decided to enter politics following his retirement. Before the 2004 general election in India, he officially joined the main nationalist party of India, the BJP
Manoj Kumar is married to Shashi Goswami (originally from Jodhkan, Sirsa district, Haryana). He has two sons, Vishal and Kunal. Vishal tried his luck as a singer and Kunal as an actor. His brother, Rajiv Goswami, also entered the film industry, but none were able to gain a footing in Bollywood.
National Film AwardsEdit
- 1968 – National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film for Upkaar
- 2016 – Dadasaheb Phalke Award lifetime contribution to Indian cinema
- 2008 – National Kishore Kumar Award by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. 
- 2010 – National Raj Kapoor Award by the Government of Maharashtra. 
- 1968 – Filmfare Best Movie Award for Upkaar
- 1968 – Filmfare Best Director Award for Upkaar
- 1968 – Filmfare Best Story Award for Upkaar
- 1968 – Filmfare Best Dialogue Award for Upkaar
- 1972 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Beimaan
- 1972 - Filmfare Award for Best Editing for Shor
- 1975 – Filmfare Best Director Award for Roti Kapda Aur Makaan
- 1999 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1968 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Upkaar
- 1969 – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Aadmi
- 1973 – Filmfare Best Director Award for Shor
- 1975 – Filmfare Best Movie Award for Roti Kapda Aur Makaan
- 1975 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Roti Kapda Aur Makaan
- 1976 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Sanyasi
- 1968 – BFJA Awards: Best Dialogue for Upkaar.
- 2001 – Kalakar Awards for Lifetime Achievement.
- 2008 – Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award.
- 2009 – Phalke Ratna Award by the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy.
- 2010 – Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Mumbai Film Festival.
- 2012 – Lifetime Achievement Award at the Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Award.
- 2012 – Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nashik International Film Festival.
- 2012 – "Bharat Gaurav Award" in New Jersey, United States.
- 2013 – Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jagran Film Festival.
- 2019 - Lifetime Achievement Award from Power Brands at BFJA (Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards)
- 2008 – To honour Manoj Kumar, the Government of Madhya Pradesh decided to institute a Rs 100,000 award in his name. The state government also recommended Kumar's name for Bharat Ratna to the central government.
- 2011 – In recognition of the devotion of Manoj Kumar towards Shri Sai Baba, the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust in Shirdi renamed "Pimpalwadi Road" in Shirdi as "Manojkumar Goswami Road".
|Year||Film||Role||Co – Stars||Notes|
|Kaanch Ki Gudiya||Saida Khan|
|1962||Hariyali Aur Rasta||Shanker||Mala Sinha, Shashikala|
|Dr. Vidya||Ratan Chowdhury||Vyjayanthimala|
|Shaadi||Raja||Balraj Sahni, Saira Banu, Dharmendra|
|Banarsi Thug||Shyam||Vijaya Chaudhari|
|Piya Milan Ki Aas||Ameeta|
|1963||Apna Bana Ke Dekho||Asha Parekh|
|Ghar Basake Dekho||Rajshree|
|1964||Apne Huye Paraye||Mala Sinha|
|Woh Kaun Thi?||Dr Anand||Sadhana|
|Phoolon Ki Sej||Vyjayanthimala|
|1965||Shaheed||Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh|
|Himalaya Ki God Mein||Sunil Mehra||Mala Sinha|
|Poonam Ki Raat||Kumud Chhugani|
|1966||Do Badan||Vikas||Asha Parekh|
|Sawan Ki Ghata||Sharmila Tagore|
|1967||Patthar Ke Sanam||Rajesh||Waheeda Rehman, Mumtaz|
|Upkaar||Bharat||Asha Parekh, Pran, Prem Chopra, Kamini Kaushal||Winner, National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film
Winner, Filmfare Best Movie Award
Winner, Filmfare Best Director Award
Winner, Filmfare Best Story Award
Winner, Filmfare Best Dialogue Award
Winner, BFJA Awards: Best Dialogue
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
|1968||Neel Kamal||Ram||Waheeda Rehman|
|Aadmi||Dr Shekhar||Waheeda Rehman||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|1970||Purab Aur Paschim||Bharat||Saira Banu|
|Mera Naam Joker||David||Raj Kapoor|
|1972||Shor||Shankar||Nanda, Jaya Bachchan||Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Editing
Nominated, Filmfare Best Director Award
Nominated, Filmfare Best Story Award
|Be-Imaan||Mohan||Raakhee||Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|1974||Roti Kapda Aur Makaan||Bharat||Zeenat Aman, Moushumi Chatterji||Winner, Filmfare Best Director Award
Nominated, Filmfare Best Movie Award
Nominated, Filmfare Best Story Award
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
|1975||Sanyasi||Ram Rai||Hema Malini||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|1976||Dus Numbri||Arjun||Hema Malini|
|1977||Shirdi Ke Sai Baba||Doctor / Scientist||Rajendra Kumar, Hema Malini|
|Amaanat||Deepak||Sadhna, Balraj Sahni, Mehmood, Aruna Irani, Asit Sen|
|1981||Kranti||Bharat / Kranti||Dilip Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Hema Malini, Parveen Babi, Nirupa Roy, Prem Chopra|
|1987||Kalyug Aur Ramayan||Pawan Putra (Shri Hanuman)||Madhavi|
|1989||Santosh||Santosh Singh||Nirupa Roy, Raakhee, Prem Chopra, Hema Malini|
|Clerk||Bharat||Ashok Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Rekha, Mohammed Ali, Shashi Kapoor, Anita Raj, Zeba, Prem Chopra|
|1995||Maidan-E-Jung||Master Dinanath||Dharmendra, Akshay Kumar, Karishma Kapoor|
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