Manoj Kumar
Manoj Kumar at Esha Deol
Kumar in 2012
Harikrishan Goswami

(1937-07-24) 24 July 1937 (age 85)
Other namesBharat Kumar
  • Actor
  • film director
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
  • lyricist
  • editor
  • politician
Years active1957–1999
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseShashi Goswami
Children2; including Kunal Goswami & Vishal Goswami
RelativesManish R Goswami (brother)

Harikrishan Goswami (born 24 July 1937), better known by his screen name Manoj Kumar, is an Indian actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, lyricist and editor who worked in Hindi cinema. He is known for acting and making films with patriotic themes, and has been given the nickname Bharat Kumar.[A] He is the recipient of a National Film Award and seven Filmfare Awards, in varied categories.

Early life

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Kumar was born into a Hindu Brahmin[1] family Abbottabad, a town in the North-West Frontier Province, British India (present-day Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan).[2] His original birth name was Harikrishan Giri Goswami. When he was 10, his family had to migrate from Jandiala Sher Khan to Delhi due to the Partition[3]


When he was young, he admired actors Dilip Kumar, Ashok Kumar and Kamini Kaushal and decided to name himself Manoj Kumar, after Dilip Kumar's character in Shabnam.[2][4]

After making a little-noticed début in Fashion in 1957, Kumar 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). 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, Kumar and the heroine Asha Parekh's performance and songs written by the lyricist Shakeel Badayuni, among others.[citation needed]

Film work

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 Huye Paraye, and Aadmi and thrillers such as Gumnaam, Anita, and Woh Kaun Thi and comedy film like Picnic.

Kumar's starred in the 1965 film Shaheed,[5] 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).[2]

The result was Kumar's directorial debut Upkaar (1967). In this award-winning film, he played both a soldier and a farmer. The film was also noted for the song "Mere Desh Ki Dharti", written by Gulshan Bawra, composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and sung by Mahendra Kapoor. Upkaar won him his first Filmfare Best Director Award.[citation needed]

He 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 was successful.

In 1972, he starred in Be-Imaan (for which he won the Best Actor) 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. His closest friends from the industry included Raj Kapoor, Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Dharmendra, Rajendra Kumar, Shashi Kapoor and Rajesh Khanna.

Peak of his career

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, a religious-themed comedy, starring Kumar and Hema Malini, was hugely successful. Dus Numbri (1976) also gave Kumar, Pran, Prem Nath and Hema top billing.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Later career

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.[6]


Manoj with politician Manish Tewari at 44th International Film Festival of India in 2013
Manoj with politician Manish Tewari at 44th International Film Festival of India in 2013

Like many other Bollywood stars, Kumar decided to enter politics following his retirement. Before the 2004 general election in India, he officially joined Bharatiya Janta Party.[7]


Year Film Role Notes
1957 Fashion
1958 Sahara Shyam
Panchayat Gopal
1959 Chand Gokul
1960 Honeymoon
1961 Kaanch Ki Gudiya Raju
Piya Milan Ki Aas Maji
Suhag Sindoor Ratan
Reshmi Rumal Shyam
1962 Hariyali Aur Rasta Shankar
Dr. Vidya Ratan Chowdhury
Shaadi Raja
Banarsi Thug Shyam
Maa Beta Keshav
Naqli Nawab Yusuf
1963 Apna Bana Ke Dekho
Ghar Basake Dekho Kumar
Grahasti Mohan
1964 Apne Huye Paraye Dr. Shankar
Woh Kaun Thi? Dr. Anand
Phoolon Ki Sej Nirmal Verma
1965 Shaheed Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh
Bedaag Rajesh
Himalay Ki God Mein Dr. Sunil Mehra
Gumnaam C.I.D. Inspector Anand
Poonam Ki Raat Prakash Gupta
1966 Picnic Vinod
Do Badan Vikas
Sawan Ki Ghata Gopal
1967 Patthar Ke Sanam Rajesh
Anita Neeraj
Upkar Bharat also director
1968 Neel Kamal Ram
Aadmi Dr. Shekhar
1969 Sajan Ashok Saxena
1970 Purab Aur Paschim Bharat also director
Yaadgaar Bhanu
Pehchan Gangaram
Mera Naam Joker David Francis
1971 Balidaan Raja
1972 Shor Shankar also director
Be-Imaan Mohan
1974 Roti Kapda Aur Makaan Bharat also director
1975 Sanyasi Ram Rai
1976 Dus Numbri Arjun
1977 Shirdi Ke Sai Baba Doctor / Scientist
Amaanat Deepak
1979 Jat Punjabi Jat Punjabi
1981 Kranti Bharat / Kranti also director
1987 Kalyug Aur Ramayan Pawan Putra Shri Hanuman
1989 Santosh Santosh Singh
Clerk Bharat also director
1991 Deshwasi Sangram Singh
1995 Maidan-E-Jung Master Dinanath
1999 Jai Hind only director

Accolades and honours

President of India Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Dadasaheb Phalke Award to Manoj Kumar at the 63rd National Film Awards in 2016
President of India Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Dadasaheb Phalke Award to Manoj Kumar at the 63rd National Film Awards in 2016

Civilian award

Year Honor Result Ref.
1992 Padma Shri by Government of India Honored [8]

National Film Awards

Year Category Work Result Ref.
1968 Second Best Feature Film Upkaar Won [9]
2016 Dadasaheb Phalke Award Honored [10]

State Honours

Year Category Work Result Ref.
2008 Kishore Kumar Award Honored [11]
2010 Raj Kapoor Award Honored [12]

Filmfare Awards

Year Category Work Result Ref.
1968 Best Film Upkaar Won [13]
Best Director Won
Best Story Won
Best Dialogue Won
Best Actor Nominated
1969 Best Supporting Actor Aadmi Nominated
1972 Best Actor Beimaan Won
Best Director Shor Nominated [14]
Best Story Nominated
Best Editing Won
1975 Best Film Roti Kapda Aur Makaan Nominated [15]
Best Director Won
Best Story Nominated
Best Actor Nominated
1976 Sanyasi Nominated [16]
1999 Lifetime Achievement Award Honored [17]

BFJA Awards

Year Category Work Result Ref.
1968 Best Dialogue Upkaar Won [18]

Other Awards

Other honours



  1. ^ Bharat is an alternative name for India.


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