mithun shettywrote on Jun 3 2009 12:40PM
Kumar Gaurav born on July 11, 1960 is an Indian film actor and the son of the late actor Rajendra Kumar.His pet name is Bunty. He made his film debut with the film Love Story (1981) produced by his father and directed by Rahul Rawail which was a blockbuster hit. Many youngsters started emulating "Bunty" (his nick-name). His next film, the 1982 release Teri Kasam with actress Poonam Dhillon, another heart-throb of the generation, was a mild success, though his later films proved to be disappointing at the box office like "star", "Romance","All rounder","Hum hain Lajawaab" though the music of these films appeared to very good.
Yet he received rave reviews for his performance in Mahesh Bhatt's film Janam (1985). His understated performance in this film is still considered his career's best. In the following year he had his second box office hit with Naam (1986), again a Mahesh Bhatt film. which was produced by his father and also starred his brother-in-law Sanjay Dutt in the lead role. Despite the success of Naam, Gaurav's career declined as all of his subsequent films failed to do well at the box office.
Having produced his earlier films Janam and Naam, his father tried to revive his career again with the 1993 film Phool which also had his father and father-in-law Sunil Dutt in supporting roles, but that didn't bring him any luck either. Later he took a long break from acting in the early 1990s and returned to films in 2000 with a supporting role in the late actor Mazhar Khan's Gang (2000).
In 2002, he shined yet again when he played one of the six protagonists in the crime thriller Kaante, directed by Sanjay Gupta .Kaante was a moderate success at the box office..
In 2004 he appeared in his first American film Guiana 1838 (2004). This award winning film by Rohit Jagessar grossed the highest screen average at North American box office on opening weekend and is on the Top 25 all time highest screen average charts. Guiana 1838 tells the story of Indians arriving on the British colony of British Guiana, now Guyana, as Indentured servants amidst the abolition of slavery during the nineteenth century.
Kumar Gaurav is currently shooting for a silent film entitled 'My Daddy Strongest'
He is married to Namrata Dutt, daughter of legendary actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis and sister of actor Sanjay Dutt. He and his brother-in-law Sanjay Dutt worked together in two films Naam and Kaante.He has two daughters. They are Saachi and Siya Kumar.