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Pradeep Kumar (born Sital Batabyal[1]; 4 January 1925 – 27 October 2001) was an Indian actor who is recognized for his work in Hindi English and Bengali cinema.[2][3]

Pradeep Kumar
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Born
Sital Batabyal

(1925-01-04)4 January 1925
Died27 October 2001(2001-10-27) (aged 76)
Years active1952-1987
Children3 daughters (including Beena Banerjee) and a son

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CareerEdit

When Kumar was 17 years old, he decided to take up acting. He started his film career in Bengali films. His notable roles in Bengali films were in Alaknanda(1947), directed by renowned filmmaker Debaki Bose, and in 42 (1951).

Pradeep Kumar Batabayal then shifted to Bombay and Filmistan studios, and had an important role in the film Anand Math (1952). He played the lead role with Bina Rai in Anarkali (1953) and with Vyjayanthimala in Nagin (1954). Both films were very popular and had songs that added to the movies' success. He had a spate of releases in the second half of the 1950s. He did not enjoy as much success in the 1960s, though Ghoonghat (1960), Aarti (1962) & Taj Mahal (1963) were successful. He worked with Meena Kumari in seven films; Adil-E-Jahangir, Bandhan (1956 film), Chitralekha, Bahu Begum, Bheegi Raat, Aarti and Noorjehan; and with Mala Sinha in eight films; Naya Zamana, Hamlet, Baadshah, Detective (1958 movie), Fashion (1959 film), Ek Shola, Duniya Na Maane, and Mitti Mein Sona.

He did not get to act in lead roles with the newer heroines of the 1960s such as Sadhana, Saira Banu, Babita or Sharmila Tagore, though he did work with Asha Parekh in Ghoonghat and Meri Surat Teri Aankhen and with Waheeda Rehman in Raakhi (1963). In 1969, he moved to character roles with Sambandh and Mehboob Ki Mehndi, but did not have many visible roles till Jaanwar and Razia Sultan in 1983.

He won the Kalakar Award-Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).[4]

Pradeep Kumar died in Calcutta on 27 October 2001, at the age of 76. He is survived by his daughters Reena, Meena and Beena Banerjee who plays character roles in movies and TV serials including Uttaran, son Debiprasad and granddaughters Tanisha, Suparna, Riya and Hrishita. Beena Banerjee's son Siddharth Banerjee worked as assistant director in Sajid Khan's Housefull 2 (2012) and Himmatwala (2013).[5][6]

FilmographyEdit

BengaliEdit

Pradip kumar played the role of Bandit Mohan (Dosshu Mohan in Bengali), a character based on the very popular Bengali crime thriller series "Dossu Mohan".

HindiEdit

Pradeep Kumar's Hindi Filmography
Name Year
Daku Hasina 1987
Purana Mandir 1984
Razia Sultan 1983
Kranti 1981
Plot No. 5 1981
Chambal Ki Kasam 1980
Aakhri Insaaf 1980
Lok Parlok 1979
Khatta Meetha 1978
Amar Shakti 1978
Kalabaaz 1977
Dharam Veer 1977
Do Anjaane 1976
Parmatma 1976
Kaagaz Ki Nao 1975
Chaitali 1975
Hawas 1974
Jalte Badan 1973
Samjhauta 1972
Dur Naheen Manzil 1972
Mangetar 1972
Mehboob Ki Mehndi 1971
Harishchandra Taramati 1970
Sambandh 1968
Wahan Ke Log 1967
Do Dilon Ki Dastaan 1967
Grihadaha 1967
Noor Jehan 1967
Raat Aur Din 1967
Afsana 1966
Bahu Begum 1966
Mahabharat 1965
Bheegi Raat 1965
Saheli 1965
Chitralekha 1964
Zindagi Aur Maut 1964
Sindbad Alibaba & Aladin 1964
Mere Armaan Mere Sapne 1963
Meri Surat Teri Aankhen 1963
Jab Se Tumhen Dekha Hai 1963
Mulzim 1963
Taj Mahal 1963
Ustadon Ke Ustad 1963
Aarti 1962
Rakhi 1962
Passport 1961
Batwara 1961
Sanjog 1961
Ghunghat 1960
Mitti Mein Sona 1960
Modern Girl 1960
Duniya Na Maane 1959
Naya Sansar 1959
Pyar Ki Rahen 1959
Adalat 1958
Detective 1958
Patrani 1958
Yahudi Ki Ladki 1957
Ek Jhalak 1957
Naya Zamana 1957
Fashion 1957
Gateway Of India 1957
Hill Station 1957
Miss India 1957
Police 1957
Heer 1956
Jagte Raho 1956
Anjaan 1956
Durgesh Nandini 1956
Arab Ka Saudagar 1956
Raj Hath 1956
Shirin Farhad 1956
Apsara 1955
Taj 1955
Badshah 1954
Subah Ka Tara 1954
Nagin 1954
Adl-e-Jehangir 1954
Anarkali 1953
Anand Math 1952

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Beena Banerjee on father Pradeep Kumar: Many could not believe he was Bengali". Cinestaan. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Pradeep Kumar movies, filmography, biography and songs - Cinestaan.com". Cinestaan. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  3. ^ Ever the royal Rediff.com, Dinesh Raheja | 2 June 2003.
  4. ^ Kalakar Awards Archived 20 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Sajid Khan's starry affair in Himmatwala". Hindustan Times. 9 March 2013. Archived from the original on 13 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  6. ^ Banerjee/ Pradeep Kumar on IMDb

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