Manoj Kumar Movies and Career Information

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Jul 24, 1937
Abbottabad
Actor, Director, Producer and Writer

Manoj Kumar (born 24 July 1937, Abbottabad, British India) is an award-winning Indian actor and director in the Bollywood film industry. He is known for acting in and directing films with patriotic themes, and has been given the nickname "Mr Bharat" (Bhaarat is the Sanskrit and Hindi term for India). In 1992, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India. Manoj Kumar was born in Abbottabad, a town of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, then part of British India. Abbottabad is now located within the borders of Pakistan. His original name was Harikishan Giri Goswami. When he was 10, his Gosain Hindu family had to move to India owing to partition. They settled in Vijay Nagar, Kingsway Camp in Delhi. After graduating from Hindu College, University of Delhi, he decided to enter the film industry. As a youth, he admired Bollywood superstar Dilip Kumar, and decided to name himself Manoj Kumar after Dilip's character in Shabnam (1949). After making a little-noticed début in Fashion in 1957, Manoj landed his first leading role in Kaanch Ki Gudia (1960) opposite Sayeeda Khan. Piya Milan Ki Aas and Reshmi Roomal followed, setting the stage for the Vijay Bhatt-directed Hariyali Aur Raasta

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