Remembering Raaj Kumar on his 89th birth anniversary today.1,008 views
Remembering Raaj Kumar, one of India’s most popular and stylised film actors, on his birth anniversary today.
Raaj Kumar had to wait for B R Chopra’s Waqt (1965), to join the topmost echelon of stars. In this multi-starrer directed by Yash Chopra, Sunil Dutt and Raaj Kumar vied for Sadhana’s affections. Sunil Dutt won Sadhana’s love, but Raaj Kumar got the limelight with his dialogue delivery.
Raaj Kumar was one of the most versatile actors of Indian cinema best remembered for his flamboyant looks and stylish dialogue delivery in a cinematic career which spanned over four decades.
Born Kulbushan Pandit in Loralai, now in Pakistan, in 1933, into a middle- class Brahmin family, he graduated locally, and after independence and the creation of Pakistan moved to Bombay. After he left the police he changed his name to Raaj Kumar and made his first screen appearance in 1950.
With his deep baritone and flawless delivery, he raised dialogue to unusual heights in all his 60 films, ensuring that a majority of them were box- office hits.
Having acted in Hindi films for over four decades, Raaj Kumar can best be described as an unconventional hero, with a deadpan face and stony eyes, but with an understated acting style that blended beautifully with one of the most forceful and iconic dialogue deliveries that Hindi films has seen.
He was known as much for his polished acting skills as for his high headedness and rhetoric. And in an industry notorious for exploiting simple souls, actors generally maintained a healthy distance from him. Indeed, Raaj Kumar, the stylish actor, was a unique phenomenon.
A very private person, he passed away silently, succumbing to cancer on July 3, 1996.
Many years after his death Raaj Kumar is still remembered as ruling the silver screen with his mere presence.