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Overview (4)

Born in Abbottabad, North-West Frontier Province, British India
Birth NameHarikishen Giri Goswami
Nickname Bharat Kumar
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Manoj Kumar was born on July 24, 1937 in Abbottabad, North-West Frontier Province, British India as Harikishen Giri Goswami. He is an actor and writer, known for Food, Clothing and Shelter (1974), Upkar (1967) and Clerk (1989).

Trade Mark (1)

While acting in certain situations, Manoj Kumar is well known for covering the side of his face with his hand.

Trivia (39)

Cousin of Lekhraj Bhakri.
Father of Kunal Goswami.
Was known as "Mr Bharat" as he made movies on patriotism and was a thorough patriot.
Brother of Bollywood actor/Producer Rajiv Goswami. Rajiv debuted in 1983 with Painter Babu.
Grandchildren are Vansh Goswami, Muskaan Goswami (Children of Vishal Goswami) and Karam Goswami (Child of Kunal Goswami).
Eldest son Vishal Goswami sang all the playback songs in his brothers (Kunal) film Ricky.
Vishal Goswami finally decided to turn actor after years of resistance. He was to star in Kewal Kashyaps film Bhagat Singh- The Shaheed. But due to so many films on Bhagat Singh being made, Kewal shelved the film.
Cousin of writer Mulkraj Bhakri.
Cousin of Bollywood Actor, Producer Manish Goswami ( Their father's are brother's). Manish acted in Doordarshans TV Serial "Bharat Ke Shaheed" along side producer Nitin Manmohan. Manish went on to produced the TV Serial's " Kitty Party" and " Parampara".
Nephew of producer R.N. Goswami ( His dad's brother). R.N produced Upkar and is the father of actor, producer Manish Goswami.
Partner of Shashi Goswami.
Discovered Bollywood actress Anita Hassandani ( Natasha). He was to start a film with her but the film got shelved. Afterwards Manoj Kumar recommended her name to several people including Ekta Kapoor.
Uncle to director Subhash Bhakri ( Lekhraj Bhakri 's son).
Writer Mulkraj Bhakri is Lekhraj Bhakri's brother.
Grand uncle to actress Sheeba Bhakri aka Deeksha ( Lekh Raj Bhakri is her grandfather).
Had a complicated working relationship with actress Asha Parekh. They started out in films in the late 1950s, but she became a huge star before he did. She used her influence to have him cast as her hero in Apna Banake Dekho (1962), even though he was still an unknown. During production, she encouraged his interest in writing and directing as well. The film didn't do well, but Asha agreed to work with him again in Do Badan (1966), and the film became a hit. Impressed with her acting ability, he cast her in Upkar (1967), where he was not only the hero but also the writer and director. He shushed Asha when she complained about the number of takes for a very early morning shot. She got upset and stopped talking to him. She didn't attend the film's premiere, even though the film's critical and box office success raised her asking price. However, she agreed to act with Manoj in their last film together Sajan (1969) at which time they started talking again. In 2009, she referred to him as a "very intelligent person". And in 2012, he attended her 70th birthday party, where he held her hands publicly. It was considered a big deal, since he was famous for keeping a physical distance from all his heroines out of respect for his wife Shashi. No matter how complicated the professional relationship was, Asha always maintained a private friendship with Manoj and his wife that lasted close to 60 years. In 2017, he fondly remembered her: "She was the only one who called to wish me on the night of my wedding in Delhi and invited Shashi and me for lunch back in Mumbai. My wife and she continue to be friends and she's like family".
Uncle to director Mohan Bhakri ( Mulk Raj Bhakri's son).
Upcoming director Sidhant Goswami is his nephew. Sidhant is the son of Manoj Kumar's cousin Manish Goswami.
His son Vishal Goswami released a Ghazal album in 1992 called Surahi. He sang all the songs on the album. The album was released by T Seirs.
Grandaughter Muskaan works as a assistant to Manish Malhotra.
Parents name is H.L. Goswami and Krishna Kumari Goswami.
Sister's name is Neelam.
Starred in the shelved movie Balbirmajornanda Films "John Chacha" starring Manoj Kumar, Amrita Singh,Jay Mehta, Chandni,Rohiini Hattangadi,A.K.Hangal, Music by Triveni- Bhavani, Directed by P.R.Chatterjee, Arceemajor Nanda.
His son Vishal is married to Pria Goswami.
Son Kunal Goswami is married to Ritee Goswami.
During his childhood, his mother and his 2 month year old brother were admitted to a hospital. When riots broke out, the doctor's and nurses all fled the hospital. As his mother lay in pain, his baby brother passed away.
Announced several films he was going to direct, but none got made. "Gangajal" in 1997, "With Love From India"in 2004, "Socho" in 2001.
Starred in the shelved Punjabi film "Ik Onkaar" (2005). It was a emotional story of a grandfather and his grandfather .This was to be directed by Iqbal Channa.
It was R.K. Nayyar who gave Ravi Tandon his first break as an assistant in films, with Sahara starring Manoj Kumar and his own wife Sadhana. The film, unfortunately for me was shelved after nearly three reels were canned.
Cousin of Cinematographer Raj Kumar Bhakri (Brother of Lekhraj and Mulkraj).
Son Vishal Goswami was born October 18, 1962.
Brother in law is director Ashok Bhushan.
Wanted to launch his son Vishal Goswami in a film titled "Bharat Ka Beta".This was in 1989.
Starred in the shelved film Naya Mandir (1965) with Mehmood. After producer Trikambhai Dave ran out of finances, Manoj promised that once his home production Upkaar was over, he would finish Naya Mandir. Dave was happy because by then he would arrange the finances. But Manoj never came thru with his promise. Dave felt that Manoj and Mehmood both played a game so the film would never be completed and released. Dave felt Manoj and Mehmood both no longer wanted to do the film because it was Black and White.Color films were now the new sensation in India. Manoj's dates never matched Mehmood's and vice versa. Finally Dave had to shelve the film and went bankrupt. He had to close his production house.
Starred in the shelved film Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein (1966). Starring Manoj Kumar, Saira Banu, Mehmood, Mallika, Music by Shankar Jaikishen, Produced and Directed by Sultan.
Manoj Kumar's father suffered a tragic death in 1983. He had traveled to Vrajeshwari shrine to pray. Upon his way back, he asked the driver to stop the car near the Bhayandar Creek. He then walked over to the old bridge to throw his flowers into the river. This is when he accidentally fell over the bridge and was washed away into the river. His body was missing for days and was finally recovered days later. Manoj fell into depression and took to drinking heavily and put on weight. He refused to leave the house and meet anyone.
Manoj was going to start a film titled "Kirtiman" in 1991. He approached Hema Malini for the film but she declined the role. Eventually Manoj shelved the film.
In 1992, Manoj Kumar was planning to make a film titled "Geeta Ka Raaj" with son Kunal Goswami. He dropped all plans.
Manoj Kumar had announced a film titled Teer Kaman. He ended up shelving the film.

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