Rajendra Kumar is fondly remembered as Jubilee Kumar because his films were shot in theaters for 25 consecutive weeks or more.
Known as Jubilee Kumar, actor Rajendra kumar was born July 20, 1927 in Sialkot, Pakistan. The actor died in 1999 on July 20 from an illness, just eight days before his 72nd birthday. Over the course of his four-decade career, the actor has worked in over 150 films and delivered memorable performances. He was known as Jubilee Kumar because his films used to run in theaters for 25 weeks or more.
On the occasion of his birthday, let’s take a look at some of his most timeless performances:
Mother India (1957)
He played the role of Ramu, the eldest son of the female protagonist Radha. Kumar worked with Nargis (Radha) and Sunil Dutt (Birju) in this iconic film. The legendary film has been touring theaters for several years and Kumar has been appreciated for his performance. An anecdote about the film is that later Kumar’s son, Kumar Gaurav, married Namrata Dutt, daughter of Nargis and Sunil Dutt.
Dhool Ka Phool (1959)
Released in 1959, this film was the first film from director Yash Chopra who has made several timeless films over the years. It starred Mala Sinha in the lead role along with Kumar. The dramatic story shows a Muslim man raising a Hindu child. The song ‘Tu Hindu Banega Na Musalman’ is from this movie.
Mere Mehboob (1963)
Starring Sadhana with Kumar, the film was directed by HS Rawail who was a mentor to the late actor at one point. The film’s music composer was Naushad. Kumar played the role of Anwar in this film while Sadhana portrayed the character of Husna.
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Dil Ek Mandir (1963)
Kumar appeared with iconic actors Raaj Kumar, Meena Kumari and Mehmood in this film. In this film, Rajendra plays the role of a doctor, Dharmesh. The movie is a love triangle and was the remake of Nenjil Or Aalayam, a Tamil movie, reports News18.
In this love triangle story, Kumar work with Raj Kapoor and Vyjayanthimala. The actor played the role of Gopal Verma in this romantic drama. The film was a box office success and continues to win hearts even today. He received a positive response for his performance.