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Overview (4)

Born in Loralai, Baluchistan, British India
Died in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India  (cancer)
Birth NameKulbhushan Pandit
Nickname Jaani

Mini Bio (1)

Raaj Kumar was born on October 8, 1926 in Loralai, Baluchistan, British India as Kulbhushan Pandit. He is known for his work on Kaajal (1965), Waqt (1965) and Dil Ek Mandir (1963). He died on July 3, 1996 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Trivia (30)

Father of Puru Rajkumar.
Was a policeman before he started acting
Father of Bollywood actors Panini RajKumar and Vastavikta Rajkumar.
Filmography is often mixed up with South Indian actor " Raj Kumar" and another " Raj Kumar" who acted mythological movies in the black and white era.
Father in law of Croatian Model Koraljka Grdak (Puru Rajkumar's wife).
Son Panini was to debut in a film titled Shivam in 1997. His co stars were Maheep Sandhu ( Sanjay Kapoor's wife) and Nirmal Pandey. The film was shelved after 6 months .
Son Panini finally made his acting debut in 2010 with Milenge Milenge.
First cousin to writer Surendra Kaul.
Uncle to director Pavan Kaul ( Surendra's son).
Was the original choice for Anil Dhawan's role in Tarazu (1997).
Starred in the completed and unreleased film Raghuvanshi. The film starred Raaj Kumar, son Puru Raj Kumar and Manisha Koirala.
Daughter Vastvikta debuted as a actress in the film "Mitti" in 2001. She used the screen name "Rani Rajkumar".
In 2001, younger son Panini signed Siddham Arts "Mumbaai Masti" directed by Suneel Khosla. The film got shelved.
Starred in the shelved film "Gunahgaar"(1972). Starring Raaj Kumar. Music by Shankar Jaikishen. Directed by Govind Saraiya.
Producer Ravi Anand wanted Ravi Tandon to direct "Sultaan" (1981) with Raaj Kumar in the title role. A day before the film could be launched, Ravi was in for the shock of my life when Raaj Kumar walked in and showed him the dialogues and the camera movements for the various artistes in Sultaan written by Raaj Kumar. Ravi told Raaj on his face that no star had ever directed me or dictated to me and I had worked with the biggest stars-Manoj Kumar, Chintu, Amitabh, Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha and Sanjeev Kumar. Ravi told Raaj Kumar to direct the film himself and walked out of the project in disgust.
Daughter was born in 1973.
Starred in the shelved film "Galiyon Ka Raja"(1971) Starring Raaj Kumar, Mumtaz , Hema Malini. Produced by Kuljit Pal. The film was shelved when the cast fought with the director after shooting for the film for 1 week.
After the release of Mother India, Raaj Kumar was a overnight superstar sensation. One evening he and his friend director Prakash Aurora and his wife were out for a evening drive. Raaj Kumar pulled up to a local paan store to eat a paan. While standing there with his friend, a few men gathered around and started to heckle Raaj Kumar and bother him. Finally Raaj Kumar could not take it anymore and major fight broke out . At the end of it, one man lay dead and Raaj Kumar was arrested. The trial lasted a year and Raaj Kumar was acquitted of all charges. Raaj Kumar's police background was said to be one of the deciding factors that helped Raaj Kumar.
Chetan Anand had planned a film with Raaj Kumar and Priya Rajvansh titled Jalal E Akbari. He shelved it due to the budget .
Nephew named Arjun Pandit who worked at Holiday Inn in Bombay. This was in 1990.
Brothers names are Mahindernath Pandit (Married to Rupan Pandit). Anand Babi Pandit (Married with a son and daughter named Mrs Wanchoo), Jeevanlal (Pyarebhai) Pandit ( Married to Sarup Pandit).
Parents names are Jagdishwar Nath Pandit and Dhanraj Rani Pandit.
Sister's names are Mrs.Sopari, Mrs Batra, Mrs Krishna Kishu Tikoo ( Has 2 sons), Mrs. Dulari Kaul, and a sister whose married name is undisclosed.
Starred in the shelved film "Mere Hum Safar" (1968). Starring Raaj Kumar, Meena Kumari, Mehmood, Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
Starred in the shelved film Baadlo Ke Paar (1972). Starring Raaj Kumar,Mumtaz,Yogita Bali, Directed by K.Shankar.
Starred in the shelved film Saraiya Productions "Gunahgaar" This was in 1975 . Starring Raaj Kumar,Shashi Kapoor,Rekha,Danny Denzongpa,Aruna Irani, Deven Verma, Music by Rahul Dev Burman (Replaced Shankar Jaikishen),Produced and Directed by Govind Saraiya .
Chetan Anand had signed Raaj Kumar, Aamir Khan,Madhuri Dixit, Ved Thappar for the film Takht O Taj (1991).Chetan first wanted to make the film with Amitabh Bachchan and Hema (Replaced Priya Rajvansh) in 1975. He had also recorded the songs with Madan Mohan. But he shelved the film when he realized the budget would be too much. He later tried to revive the film and signed Deepak Parashar and Hema Malini. This was in 1978. Again the film got shelved. In 1990, Chetan Anand spoke to Raaj Kumar about the film and asked him if his son Puru Rajkumar was interested in doing the film and playing the role of Salim. Raaj Kumar stated that Puru was not ready to be an actor. Chetan finally revived the film as Takht O Taj in 1991. Ved Thappar was originally going to play Raaj Kumar's son due to his resemblance to the actor. But due to commercial reasons, Aamir Khan was signed for the role and Thappar was signed for the role of Durjan Singh, originally played by Ajit in Mughal E Azam. The film was later titled Mallika-e-Hind . The film was eventually shelved due to Chetan's bad health. There were stories going around in 1993 that Chetan wanted to make the film with Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri. But the plans never materialized.
Shatrughan Sinha's cousin Yogi Sinha had signed Raaj Kumar for a film in 1986. It got shelved .
Mehboob Khan's grandson Aslam Khan had launched a film titled "Raid" in 1982 with Raaj Kumar. The film got shelved.
Starred in the shelved film Universal Pictures " Tere Arzoo ,"(1972). Starring Raaj Kumar,Sadhana,Biswajeet, Laxmi Chhaya. Music by Sachin Dev Burman, Produced by Daljit Krishan,, Directed by Asit Sen .

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