Pradeep Kumar was born in early 1925 to orthodox Brahmin parents in West Bengal. Pradeep bided his time till he was 17 years old before he decided to pursue an acting career. Despite his father's disapproval, Pradeep began acting on stage.
During one of his performances, renowned filmmaker Debaki Bose spotted him and cast him in Bengali films like Krishna Leela (1946) and Alaknanda (1947). Pradeep also worked with Pashupati Chatterjee in Swami (1949). Pradeep moved to Mumbai and found a job in the bustling Filmistan Studio. He brushed up on his Hindi and learnt Urdu in order to make an impression in his first Hindi film, Anand Math (1952). The film had strong nationalistic overtones and co-starred Prithviraj Kapoor and Geeta Bali. Pradeep‘s next film was Anarkali ...» read full biography