Sujit Kumar

Sujit Kumar (7 February 1934 – 5 February 2010) was an Indian film actor and producer. He appeared in over 150 Hindi films in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and 25 films in Bhojpuri. From the late 1990s, he primarily worked with production. Kumar was considered a major actor in Bhojpuri cinema.[1] He played pivotal roles either as a villain or as a character actor. One of his most notable roles was as a man playing the mouth organ while driving a jeep in the 1969 film Aradhana and subsequent 12 films with Rajesh Khanna.[2]

Sujit Kumar
Sujit Kumar
Born(1934-02-07)7 February 1934
Died5 February 2010(2010-02-05) (aged 75)
Other namesSujeet Kumar
OccupationActor, Producer
Years active1960–2001
Children2

Biography

Hindi cinema

Sujit was the leading man in suspense flicks in Hindi in the early sixties like Lal Bangla (1966) and Ek Saal Pehle (1965). He was always part of films with Rajesh Khanna as the lead hero like in Aradhana, Ittefaq, Aan Milo Sajna, Haathi Mere Saathi, Amar Prem, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Roti, Mehbooba, Avtaar, Aakhir Kyon? and Amrit.

His other notable roles include that of a spy in Ramanand Sagar's Aankein (1968), Naya Raasta (1970), Jugnu (1973), Hamrahi (1999), Charas (1976), Dharamveer (1977), Dev Anand's Des Pardes, The Burning Train, Kaamchor, Krantiveer, Tiranga and many more.[3][4] He produced big budget movies like Asmaan Se Ooncha (1989), Daraar (1996) Champion (2000), Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009) .[5]

His best friends from the film industry were Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra and Rakesh Roshan, the two with whom Sujit used to hit the gym regularly and other close friends included producer Saawan Kumar Tak and Randhir Kapoor, as all of them practically grew up together in the Hindi Film industry since the early sixties.[6]

Bhojpuri cinema

He appeared in such films as Bidesiya, Loha Singh, Dangal, Pan Khaye Saiyya Hamar, Champa Chameli, Patoh Bitiya, Sajanwa Bairi Bhaile Hamar , Nag Panchami, Saiyya Se Bhaile Milanawa, Aaeel Basant Bahar, Bidhana Nach Nachawe, Mai Ke Lal, Sampurna Teerth Yatra, Sajai Da Maang Hamar, Saiyya Magan Pahalwani Me, Ganga Kahe Pukar Ke, Ganga Jaisan Bhauji Hamar and Ganga Hamar Mai.

Death

Kumar died in 2010 of cancer, an illness from which he was suffering since 2007. He had two children, Jatin Kumar and a daughter Henna.[7] A condolence meeting took place on 8 February 2010, at the Indian Medical Association, beside PVR Cinema, Juhu, Mumbai where many of his friends from the industry like the whole of Kapoor family, Rakesh Roshan's family, and Rajesh Khanna paid their last respects. He was the best friend of Rajesh Khanna.

Filmography

Hindi

Year Film Character/Role Notes
1986AnubhavPanch Jamai
1985Haveli
1985Aakhir Kyon?
1983AvtaarBawaji
1982[[]]
1982KaamchorSohan
1981Raaz
1981Bhula Na Dena
1980The Burning Train
1980Guest House
1979The Great GamblerMarconihe was gang leader of Prem Chopra under control gang
1979KhandaanVikas G. Srivastav
1978Des PardesGangaram
1976CharasShaikh
1977KalabaazMalhotra
1976Amir GaribPolice Inspector
1972Gaon Hamara Shaher TumharaShyam C. Pandey[8]
1972Mere Jeevan Saathi
1972Putlibai
1971Murder in Circus


Naag Pooja

1970GeetKunver Shamsher Singh
1970Maa Aur Mamta
1969AradhanaMadan, Arun Verma's friend, playing the mouth organ
1969IttefaqPolice Inspector
1969Gustakhi MaafShankar
1968AankhenNadeem
1967Jaal
1967Sab Ka Ustad
1966Lal Bungla
1972Amar PremNandu's Father

Producer

  • 1986 : Anubhav
  • 1989 : Aasmaan se Ooncha
  • 1992 : Khel
  • 1996: Daraar
  • 2000: Champion
  • 2004 : Aetbaar
  • 1991 : Ganga Kahe Pukar Ke

He also acted in Zee horror show's episode Dahshat 1994-1995

References

  1. By: Gayathry V Pillai (6 February 2010). "Actor Sujeet Kumar of  — Oneindia Entertainment". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  2. "Character actor Sujit Kumar no more". The Times of India. 6 February 2010.
  3. "Actor-producer Sujit Kumar dead". Indian Express. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  4. "Veteran actor, filmmaker Sujit Kumar passes away — Entertainment — DNA". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  5. "Actor-producer Sujit Kumar dead". IndianExpress.com. 6 February 2010. (age at death given as 75 implies year of birth '34/5)
  6. http://220.226.205.71/articles/story40336.htm
  7. "| Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | News". BollywoodHungama.com. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  8. Premacanda, 1881-1936. Naag pooja. OCLC 927427971.
  • Sujit Kumar on IMDb (as actor) Note that, as at 13 July 2010, IMDB has two records for the person identified in the IndianExpress obituary as one person
  • Sujit Kumar on IMDb (as producer)
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