A short memory of Manoj Kumar‘s childhood:
One day an 11-year-old named Harikishen Goswami went to watch a film.
He was very excited as he sat down to watch Shabnam, the 1949 film industry hit . Other than that , it featured his most loved Dilip Kumar as the hero. His characters name was Manoj. The kid felt a moment association with the characters name, Manoj.
About 10 years after the fact, he chose he needed to be in the same profession as his screen icon and Harikishen as a name just wouldn’t do the job for him. No prizes for guessing about what name he picked for then.
And that, ladies and gentleman, is the story of how Manoj Kumar the name of a great actor came into being.
10 reasons why people loved Manoj Kumar in 70s
Although ‘Bharat’ is the most highlighted aspect of his fame, Manoj Kumar steadily evolved into other spheres of creativity like writing, direction, and editing. The 78-year-old legend just received the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
1. HIS SIGNATURE POSE
The most popular thing about a star is his iconic signature pose.
Be it Dev Anand’s head bobble, Shah Rukh Khan’s stutter or Manoj Kumar’s famous hand gesture concealing a good part of his face. Alas, the actor doesn’t have a sense of humour about it. Ask SRK when he copied it in Om Shanti Om!
2. THIS GOOD LOOKING DAPPER DUDE!
He may not have Dev Anand’s inborn flamboyance (or scarves collection) or Shammi Kapoor’s maverick style but Manoj Kumar is a picture of sleek sophistication in his reliable stock of tweeds, bandhgalas, and berets.
3. THE ROMANTIC
Whether he’s flirting up a sari-clad spirit or making out behind trees or statues or the heroine’s pallu, Manoj Kumar’s demure tactics stood out in a crowd of eager Romeos.
Before jingoism consumed him for good, Manoj Kumar displayed a fair deal of sauciness and coolth. Here’s proof.
5. IDEALISM ZINDABAAD
Manoj Kumar’s commitment to stories promoting Indian culture and moral values while pointing out the need for an effective social structure is reflected unabashedly in his brand of cinema. It may not have always worked but his enthusiasm remained intact.
Acting, direction, production, editing, Manoj Kumar proved his worth in multiple roles tackling various subjects like corruption, unemployment, farming woes, freedom struggle, the evils of westernization packaged as classic Hindi film entertainment.
7.HIS WORK AND IMAGINATION
There’s a story that Manoj Kumar delayed the shooting of Upkar for several days till he was satisfied with the light in a particular shot.
This obsession with inventive camera angles and unique compositions is most visible and much appreciated by his colleagues, collaborators, and cinemagoers.
8. HIS KEEN EARS FOR GOOD MUSIC
Be it Shor‘s Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma, Kranti‘s Zindagi Ki Na Toote Ladi, Purab Aur Paschim‘sKoi Jab Tumhara Hriday Tod De, Upkar‘s Mere Desh Ki Dharti or Roti Kapda Aur Makaan‘sMain Na Bhoolunga, Manoj Kumar deserves an extra pat on his back for extracting such unforgettable melodies from his music directors and lyricists.
Nationalistic fervor and Manoj Kumar are so deeply synonymous with one other; few would bat an eyelid if his blood appeared tricolored instead of red.
Whether the Shaheed hero’s chanting Aye Watan Aye Watan Humko Teri Kasam or boastingMere Desh Ki Dharti Sona Ugle, the passion in his desh bhakti is unprecedented.
10. BOYISH GOOD LOOKS
Back in the day, Manoj Kumar’s handsome disposition and attractive smile earned him the title of Mr Right, the kind Indian mommies dream of giving away their daughters’ hand to.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. MANOJ KUMAR
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