B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Manoj Kumar was born on July 24, 1937 in Abottabad. His real name is real name Harikrishan Goswami. His family migrated to India when Manoj was 10. As a child, he was deeply influenced by Hindi films, particularly by Dilip Kumar. He re-christened himself Manoj Kumar after Dilip Kumar’s character in Shabnam (1949).
Manoj Kumar’s first film was Fashion (1957), which went unnoticed. Then, Manoj Kumar did many unforgettable films like Panchayat (1958), Honeymoon (1960), Reshmi Roomal (1961) and Kaanch Ki Gudiya (1961)
Manoj Kumar tasted success with Vijay Bhatt’s Hariyali aur Raasta (1962). The film was a success, and Manoj Kumar’s flagging career got a second life. His next big hit was Woh Kaun Thi (1964). 1965 was a major year for Manoj Kumar where he had three huge hits – Gumnaam, Himalay Ki God Mein and Shaheed, which was the first of the series of Patriotic characters played by him. However, Manoj Kumar went to a different league with his directorial debut Upkar (1967). With loads of patriotism and great fervour, Upkar became a huge hit and Manoj Kumar became a name to reckon with.
Manoj Kumar then became ultra-famous for his famous portrayals of Patriotic hero. Although he gave many other hits like Anita (1967), Aadmi (1968) and Be-imaan (1972), It was his performance in films like Purab aur Paschhim (1970), Shor (1972) and Roti Kapda aur Makaan (1974) that made him a legendary figure in hindi cinema. After Roti, Kapda Aur Makaan, Manoj Kumar had two back-to-back hits Sanyasi and Dus Numbri. After Dus Numbri, Manoj Kumar took a long break and did only 3 films as an actor in next years. In 1981, He made a multi-starrer Kranti (1981) which was a blockbuster. Then he made Clerk (1989) after 8 years, which was a total wash-out. His last film as an actor was Maidan e Jung (1995). In 1999, He made Jai Hind launching his son Kunal Goswami, which too failed badly at the box-office.
Manoj Kumar is living in Mumbai with his son Kunal Goswami.
Manoj Kumar won 7 Filmfare awards. He won Best director, Best film for Upkar in 1967, Best Actor for Be-imaan and Best editor for Shor in 1972 and Best director for Roti Kapda aur Makaan in 1974. in 1999, He was awarded the Lifetime achievement award. Manoj Kumar also won a National Award for Upkar in Best film category.