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Manoj Kumar (born Harikishan Giri Goswami[1] 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
Manoj Kumar at Esha Deol's wedding at ISCKON temple 10.jpg
Manoj Kumar in 2012
Harikishan Giri Goswami

(1937-07-24) 24 July 1937 (age 81)
Other namesBharat Kumar
OccupationMovie director, actor
Years active1957–1995
Spouse(s)Shashi Goswami
RelativesRajiv Goswami (brother)
Manish Goswami (brother)

In 1992, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India. India's highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, was bestowed upon him in 2015.[2]


Early lifeEdit

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.[3] 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.


As a youngster, he admired Dilip Kumar, Ashok Kumar and Kamini Kaushal and decided to name himself Manoj Kumar, after Dilip's character in Shabnam (1949).[1]

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,[4] 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).[1]

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.

He consistently liked working with actors Prem Nath, Pran, Prem Chopra, Kamini Kaushal and Hema Malini in his career.

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.

Later careerEdit

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.[5]


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[6]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[citation needed]


Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards 2010

Civilian awardEdit

National Film AwardsEdit

State AwardsEdit

Filmfare AwardsEdit



Other awardsEdit

Other honoursEdit

  • 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.[21]
  • 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".[22]

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Film Role Co – Stars Notes
1957 Fashion
1958 Panchayat Shyama
Sahara Meena Kumari
1959 Chand
1960 Honeymoon Saida Khan
1961 Suhaag Sindoor
Kaanch Ki Gudiya Saida Khan
Reshmi Rumal Shakila
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
Maa Beta Ameeta
Piya Milan Ki Aas Ameeta
Naqli Nawab Shakila
1963 Apna Bana Ke Dekho Asha Parekh
Ghar Basake Dekho Rajshree
Grahasti Rajshree
1964 Apne Huye Paraye Mala Sinha
Woh Kaun Thi? Dr Anand Sadhana
Phoolon Ki Sej Vyjayanthimala
1965 Shaheed Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh
Bedaag Rajesh Nanda
Himalaya Ki God Mein Sunil Mehra Mala Sinha
Gumnaam Anand Nanda
Poonam Ki Raat Kumud Chhugani
1966 Do Badan Vikas Asha Parekh
Picnic Vinod Kalpana
Sawan Ki Ghata Sharmila Tagore
1967 Patthar Ke Sanam Rajesh Waheeda Rehman, Mumtaz
Anita Neeraj Sadhana
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
1969 Sajan Asha Parekh
1970 Purab Aur Paschim Bharat Saira Banu
Yaadgaar Banu Nutan
Pehchan Gangaram Babita
Mera Naam Joker David Raj Kapoor
1971 Balidaan Raja Saira Banu
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
1991 Deshwasi
1995 Maidan-E-Jung Master Dinanath Dharmendra, Akshay Kumar, Karishma Kapoor


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