Published On: Tue, Jul 12th, 2016

Remembering Rajendra Kumar, on his 17th death anniversary today.


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Rajendra was born in the Punjabi-speaking Tuli family on July 12, 1929, in Sialkot, British India (now located in Pakistan).

After the turbulent years of partition, at the age of 21, Rajendra got his first break in ‘Jogan’ during 1950. He attained fame in ‘Mother India’ during 1957, playing the son of Nargis Dutt.

He went on to star in many movies, most of them successful, and earned the nickname of ‘Jubilee Kumar’.

He got married to Shukla, and they subsequently became parents of three children, a boy, Manoj, who would subsequently be an actor in his own rights and be re-named Kumar Gaurav, and two daughters.

After offers stopped on lead roles, he turned to character roles, as well as became a producer. He was successful in launching his son’s career in ‘Love Story’.

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with Dev Anand

His son’s marriage was initially arranged with Reema, the daughter of Raj Kapoor, but things did not work out, and his son went on to get married to Sunil and Nargis Dutt’s daughter, Namrata, and shortly thereafter he became grandfather of Saachi and Siya.

He also produced another successful movie ‘Naam’, the star-cast included his son, and Sanjay Dutt.

He attained a PHD and had a title of ‘Doctor’ prefixed to his name. Known to refuse taking any medication, he succumbed to cancer on July 12, 1999, just a day after his son’s 39th birthday, and just 8 days before his 70th birthday.

He will always be remembered for his memorable performances in ‘Dhool Ka Phool’, ‘Mere Mehboob’, ‘Sangam’, ‘Suraj’, ‘Arzoo’, ‘Aman’ ‘Ganwaar’, ‘Dil Ek Mandir’, as well as ‘Saajan Bina Suhagan’

Rajendra Kumar and Saroja Devi.

Rajendra Kumar and Saroja Devi.

Father of Kumar Gaurav
Films started coming his way when he played the role of a straight son of Nargis in Mother India.
His daughter-in-law (Namrata) is Sunil Dutt’s daughter and Sanjay Dutt’s sister.
Started as an assistant director before getting a role in Vachan.
Was nicknamed as “Jubilee Kumar” by the trade people because majority of his movies used to do either Silver or Golden Jubilee.
He used to actively participate in campaigning for friend, Sunil Dutt, whenever the latter used to contest for elections.
For the premier of his first movie, Vachan, he was asked if he wanted any seats for his relatives or friends, and thinking that it would be complimentary, he answered ten. After some days when he went to get his fees from the producer’s accountant, he was given a lesser amount and when he asked why he was told that the money was deducted for the seats he took for his relatives and friends. He took this lesson as a principle of production and when he produced Naam, he deducted some amount from Amrita Singh’s fees for the long calls she had made from Hong Kong to India.
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Was best friends with Raj Kapoor, so much so that his son Kumar Gaurav was engaged to the latter’s daughter, Reema. As fate would have it, this friendship could not last long after their children broke the engagement.
Father in law of Hollywood producer , director Raju Patel.
Rajendra Kumars daughter Dimple Patel has 2 sons . Their names are Karam Patel and Amar Patel.
Grandson Karam Patel is a local independent rapper in Los Angeles.
Rapper Dirty Grim (Karam Patel) is the grandson of Bollywood legend Rajendra Kumar. Dirty Grim is based in Los Angeles, California. Dirty Grim (Karam Patel) is the son of Rajendra’s daughter Dimple Patel and Hollywood movie producer Raju Patel. Karam Patel is the owner of the record label “Genocide Entertainment”.Karam is a Rapper, Producer,Audio Engineer, Graphic Designer.He is responsible for producing and finding several new music talent.Karam Patel (Dirty Grim) has released the following albums, “King of Terrors Mixtape” ,”Dum It Down”, “Project Mayhem”, “The Grave Digger” and “Reloaded”. Karam (Dirty Grim) has several music videos posted on youtube.
Nephew Ajay Tuli played his son in Sone Ka Dil Lohe Ka Haath. Ajay attempted to turn producer with brother Vikram Tuli but was unsuccessful.
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Brother of producer/director Naresh Kumar.
Rajendra Kumar’s second daughter’s name is Kaajal Tulli.
Ajay Tuli and Vikram Tuli are sons of director Naresh Kumar.
Grandson Karam Patel (Rapper Dirty Grim) , son of daughter Dimple Patel, was born on April 9, 1990.
Granduncle to upcoming actress Shinjaa Tuli ( Daughter of nephew Vikram Tuli).
Married to O.P.Ralhan’s sister.
Daughter Dimple Patel is the daughter in law of Hollywood Producer/Director Sharad Patel. He is Raju Patel’s father.
Grandaughter Saachi Tulli (Kumar Gaurav daughter) is married to actor Bilal Amrohi.
He has 2 sister’s.
Grandson in law Bilal Amrohi is the grandson of Kamal Amrohi.
Director Ramesh Behl is his nephew.
In 2006, daughter Dimple had announced a documentary she was going to release on her father. The documentary would feature a sit down interview Rajendra Kumar did before he passed away. The footage has never been released.
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Daughter Kajal (Tulsi) married multi billionaire NRI Hari Chellaram in February 1993. They have one son. Kajal is now more known as Tulsi Chellaram. She currently resides in Hong Kong. Kajal (Tulsi) was born in 1962/63. She is a devotee of Swami Muktananda. Her husband Hari Chellaram was engaged to famous pop singer Nazia Hassan in the 1980’s. Hari Chellaram is from the famous Chellaram family in Nigeria. His brother include Suresh (who is married to Kavita Chellaram CEO, Arthouse Contemporary Ltd.; Founder, Arthouse Foundation). Suresh Chellaram is also a part owner of the Rajasthan Royal’s. Suresh is the brother in law of Lalit Modi. Pishu Chellaram is also another brother. The Chellaram family are a wealthy Sindhi family involved in the manufacturing and shipping in Nigeria. They have made it several times to the Forbes magazine list.
Hollywood producer Viju Patel is the brother of producer Raju Patel (Raju is Rajendra Kumar’s son in law).
Rajendra Kumar, Dharmendra and Saira Banu on the sets of 'Ayee Milan Ki Bela' (1964).

Rajendra Kumar, Dharmendra and Saira Banu on the sets of ‘Ayee Milan Ki Bela’ (1964).

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology