Roopesh Kumar (January 16, 1946 – 1995) was a character actor in Bollywood films, especially known for his role as a villain in over 100 Hindi films from 1965 to 1995. He is widely remembered for his comic negative roles in the films like Seeta Aur Geeta and The Great Gambler. He was the cousin of actress Mumtaz.
Roopesh in Jeevan Mrityu
January 16, 1946
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
Kumar was born in Mumbai as Abbas Farashahi. He was the oldest child of Ali Asgar Farashahi (Asgar Seth of Pune City, Mandai) and Mariam. He was a student of Dastur School in Pune. From his early childhood he was interested in acting. His family were in the restaurant and bakery business in Pune but he chose to be an actor. Kumar was fondly known as Dadash (meaning brother in Persian).
He was very close to his cousins actress Mumtaz and Malika. His oldest daughter is married to Dilip Kumar's nephew Zahid Khan and they have two children.
In 1995 during the Filmfare awards, Kumar had a heart attack and passed away on the way to the hospital.
He started his career with Tarzan and King Kong in 1965 and went on to play supporting roles of mostly villains throughout the 1970s and 1980s. His most well known films include Andaz (1971), Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Chacha Bhatija (1977), The Great Gambler (1979), Jaani Dushman (1979), Hum Paanch (1980), He also directed and produced two films, Hai Meri Jaan (1991) and Meri Aan (1993). His last film release was Paapi Devta in 1995, the same year of his death.
- Rustom E Hind (1965)
- Main Wohi Hoon (1966) ... Rajan
- Sapno Ka Saudagar (1968) ... Kumar Pran Nath Singh; Admi aur Insan (1969)
- Jeene Ki Raah (1969) ... Rasdas
- Sharafat (1970) ... Arun
- Jeevan Mrityu (1970) ... Sameer
- Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971) ... Sunny
- Andaz (1971) ... Badal
- Raampur Ka Lakshman (1972) ... Chaganlal Pandey
- Seeta Aur Geeta (1972) ... Ranjeet
- Prabhat (1973) ... Ramesh
- Loafer (1973) ... Rakesh
- Insaaniyat (1974) ... Girdharilal
- Paap Aur Punya (1974) ... Tiger's Associate
- Zinda Dil (1975) ... Ghanshyam Thakur
- Mere Sartaj (1975) ... Asad
- Nagin (1976) ... Meena's Husband
- Naach Uthe Sansaar (1976) ... Johnny
- Karm (1977) ... Premnath
- Dildaar (1977) ... Asad
- Chacha Bhatija (1977) ... Kiran
- Amar Deep (1979) ... Ramesh
- Jaani Dushman (1979) ... Shera's Uncle
- The Great Gambler (1979) ... Sethi
- Lok Parlok (1979) ... Hotel's Manager
- Hum Paanch (1980) ... Vijay
- Guest House (1980 film) ... Kantilal
- Bade Dilwala (1983) ...
- Asha Jyoti (1984) ... Hukumchand
- Pyar Jhukta Nahin (1985) ... Rohit Prasad
- Muddat (1986) ... Bhagwat Singh
- Insaaf Ki Awaaz (1986) ... Mahendranath
- Loha (1987) .... Prisoner
- Daata (1989) ... G.D.'s Employee
- Guru (1989) ...
- Mujrim (1989) ... Gulati
- Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1994) ... Khanna
- Paapi Devta (1995)