“Aapke Paon Dekhe, Bahut Haseen Hai, Inhe Zameen Par Mat Utariyega, Maile Ho Jayenge.”
A Poker Face, Pencil-Thin Moustache, and a Jaani Catchphrase! It seems Raaj Kumar never left Bollywood!
Anything but an exceptional actor, his larger-than life personality was always the talk of the town. His Muuh-fatt attitude with a pure heart, Raaj Kumar aka Kulbhushan Pandit made us believe in cinema through his approachable yet relatable performances.
On his birth anniversary, let’s go a little closer to how Raaj Kumar really was:
- Before an actor, he served the Mumbai Police in the late 1940s as an I.A.S Sub-inspector.
- Known for his outspoken personality, he refused Prakash Mehra’s directorial Zanjeer just because he “didn’t like his face”!!!
- Once, while watching the movie at Metro cinema, he was approached for a role by Sohrab Modi, which he blankly refused!
- His appearance in the Oscar-nominated film “Mother India” as Shamu was widely appreciated.
- During the shoot of Saudagar, Raaj Kumar and Dilip Kumar, who were sharing the screen space after 30 years, didn’t talk to each other except for the scenes.
- Rajendra Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Dharmendra were considered for the role of Pakeezah (1972) before Raaj Kumar.
- After Satyam Shivam Sundaram, he actually went to Zeenat Aman and supposedly told her that it was “difficult for him to recognize her with her clothes ON!!”.
- He enjoyed classical music and ghazals, and was a wandering listener to “Aye Dil-E-Nadaan” (Razia Sultan).