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Sajjan
Born
Sajjan Lal Purohit

(1921-01-15)15 January 1921
Died17 May 2000(2000-05-17) (aged 79)
Occupation(s)Film actor, Stage actor, Lyricist
Years active1949–1996

Sajjan (15 January 1921 – 17 May 2000) was a Bollywood and stage actor. He acted in several plays and movies from the 1950s to the 1980s. His best known films are Bees Saal Baad, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, April Fool, Rail Ka Dibba, Johny Mera Naam and Jhumroo.[1]

Early life

Sajan was born on January 15, 1921, in Jaipur into a Kashmiri Pandit family. His full name was Sajjan Lal Purohit, but he was known by his first name in the Indian film industry. Sajjan graduated from Jaswant college in Jodhpur. He had a desire to be a lawyer, but not an actor.

Career

In 1941, he arrived in Calcutta and worked as an apprentice in a laboratory of the East India Company. His initial breakthrough in films was as an extra in films such as Masoom (1941) and Chowringhee (1942). Sajjan left Calcutta during te Second World War and reached Mumbai where he worked as an assistant to the famous director Kidar Sharma. At that time, the great showman Raj Kapoor was also an assistant to Sharma. He also worked as assistant to Gajanan Jagirdar and Vakil Sahib and received Rs.35 as salary.

A poet by heart, Sajjan showed his talent when he wrote dialogues for Meena (1944) and lyrics for Door Chalen (1946) and Dhanyavad (1948). He also acted in small roles in Prithvi Theatre. His acting debut film was Dhanyavad. After that, Bombay Theatre's Muqaddar was released in 1950. The heroine was Nalini Jaywant.

By then Sajjan was well established in films. In the 1950s and 1960s, he acted as hero or side-hero in films such as Saiyan, Rail Ka Dibba, Bahana, Sheesha, Malkin, Nirmohi, Kasturi, Mehmaan, Lagan, Girl School, Paridhaan, 00 Dulhe, Ghar-Ghar Mein Diioali, Haa-Haa-Hee-Hee-Hoo-Hoo, Poonam Jhanjhar and Halla-Gulla. As hero, his last films were Kabuliwala and Do Chor, and as an artist he last appeared in the 1986 release Shatru with Rajesh Khanna.

An artist of more than 150 films, Sajjan also worked in TV serials. In Vikram Aur Betaal he played Betaal. His other serial was Lena-Dena.

Filmography

Year Film Character/Role
1948 Majboor
1948 Dhanyawad
1949 Imtihaan
1949 Girls' School Bipin
1950 Sangram Lala
1950 Muqaddar
1950 Apni Chhaya
1951 Toofan
1951 Saiyan Rajjoo
1951 Kashmir
1951 Hum Log Anand
1952 Nazaria
1952 Sheesha
1952 Poonam Sarju
1953 Rail Ka Dibba Mohan
1953 Mehmaan
1953 Malkin
1954 Parichay
1954 Kasturi
1954 Halla Gulla
1955 Lagan
1955 Hoor-E-Arab
1955 Ha Ha Hee Hee Ho Ho
1955 Ghar Ghar Mein Diwali Kailash
1955 Do Dulhe
1955 Bandish Drama Director
1956 Parivar
1956 Dhake Ki Malmal
1957 Mr. X
1957 Paying Guest Jagat - Ramesh's Friend
1957 Bade Sarkar] Sumer Singh
1958 Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi Prakashchand
1958 Talaaq Mangal
1958 Hathkadi
1959 Toofani Tirandaz
1959 Maharani Padmini
1959 Chand Gokul's Father
1959 Didi Vinod
1960 Sarhad Madan
1960 Baraat Shanker Chaudhary
1960 Bahaana
1961 Kabuliwala Mini's father
1961 Mera Suhaag
1961 Jhumroo Banno
1962 Bees Saal Baad Detective Mohan Tripathi
1963 Yeh Dil Kisko Doon Man who disguise Anand Lal
1964 Daal Me Kala Natwar Shyam
1964 Ishaara Ramu
1964 Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Men Deepa
1964 April Fool Monto
1965 Chand Aur Suraj Kapoor - Manager
1965 Adhi Raat Ke Baad Ramlal
1966 Tasveer Ishrat
1966 Sawan Ki Ghata Bansilal
1966 Lal Bangla Inspector Shankar
1966 Dil Diya Dard Liya Mansaram
1967 Ram Aur Shyam Police Inspector
1967 Rustom Sohrab
1967 Hamare Gam Se Mat Khelo
1967 Farz Damodar
1967 Anita Biharilal
1967 Aman
1968 Ankhen Syed
1968 Aashirwad Ramdas
1968 Aanchal Ke Phool Shankar
1969 'Sambandh'
1969 Talash Dice / Albert (Rita's Father)
1970 Sau Saal Beet Gaye Nanhe
1970 Prem Pujari Suman's maternal uncle
1970 Johny Mera Naam Rai Saab Bhupendra Singh
1970 Pagla Kahin Ka Inmate - Ramu Dada (uncredited)
1970 Ek Nanhi Munni Ladki Thi
1971 Jaane-Anjaane Hemant's Father
1971 Patanga Ramu
1971 Ladki Pasand Hai Raisaheb Chunnilal
1971 Dushman Villain's Associate
1971 Do Boond Pani Hari Singh
1972 Kamana
1972 Bhaavna
1972 Yaar Mera Mahantji
1972 Raja Jani Khairati
1972 Parchhaiyan Sandeep Narayan
1972 Ek Khilari Bawan Pattey Rekha.s Father
1972 Ek Bar Mooskura Do
1972 Do Chor Ramsharan
1972 Do Bachche Dus Haath Vakil Saab
1972 Buniyaad
1973 Jai Hanuman
1973 Chhupa Rustam Rajendra Jain
1973 Yauwan Dr. Shrivastav
1973 Suraj Aur Chanda Mahamantri
1973 Samjhauta Jailor
1973 Phagun
1973 Chhalia
1973 Agni Rekha Gopinath Raizada
1974 Kshitij
1974 Chor Machaye Shor Amritlal
1974 Jab Andhera Hota Hai Dara
1974 Amir Garib Seth Nandlal
1974 Resham Ki Dori Vishal
1974 Compelled Doctor Shah
1974 Zehreela Insaan Shyam Lal
1974 Prem Shastra Sajjan Bhardwaj
1975 Sandhya
1975 Samasya
1975 Qaid Mr. Verma
1975 Faraar
1975 Toofan
1975 Salaakhen Ramlal
1976 Dus Numbri Fernandes Uncle
1976 Charas (1976 film) Jango
1976 Sajjo Rani Sohan
1977 Mamta Boarding School Principal
1977 Immaan Dharam Lawyer (in Jenny's Case)
1977 Khel Khilari Ka Poojari
1977 Darinda Krishna's Father
1977 Darling Darling Rai Bahadur Dinanath
1977 Chaalu Mera Naam Balwant Rai
1977 Aafat
1978 Chor Ke Ghar Chor Ramlal
1979 Dhongee Dinanath
1980 Dhan Daulat Truck owner
1980 Do Aur Do Paanch Principal Om Prakash Sharma
1980 Dostana Ramnik Lal Tiwari
1980 Taxi Chor
1980 Qatil Kaun Chaudhary
1981 Krodhi
1981 Haqdaar
1981 Prem Geet Hiralal
1981 Kaalia 2nd Defense Attorney
1981 Raksha Kedar
1981 Professor Pyarelal Bhagwan Singh
1981 Nai Imarat Village Head
1982 * Haathkadi (1982 film) Robert's father (uncredited)
1982 Khud-Daar Man in Police Station (uncredited)
1982 Log Kya Kahenge Thakur - Roma's father
1983 Achha Bura Jailor
1983/I Coolie Salma's Father
1984 Hum Do Hamare Do (as Sajan)
1984 Love Marriage
1985 Aandhi-Toofan Sheela's, servant
1985 Phir Aayee Barsat
1986 Maqaar
1986 Shatru
1987 Mera Karam Mera Dharam Shambhu
1996 Muthi Bhar Zameen Munshiji
1996 Aatank Saimon (uncredited)

Television

Year Show Character/role
1985-1988 Vikram Aur Betaal (TV series) Betaal

References

  1. ^ "Actor Sajjan dead". The Tribune. 17 May 2000. Retrieved 14 August 2016.