Pradeep Kumar

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Pradeep Kumar
BornPradeep Kumar
(1925-01-04)January 4, 1925
DiedOctober 27, 2001(2001-10-27) (aged 76)
Kolkata, India
OccupationActor
 
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For the Indian singer born "Pradeep Kumar" in 1986, see Deepu
Pradeep Kumar
BornPradeep Kumar
(1925-01-04)January 4, 1925
DiedOctober 27, 2001(2001-10-27) (aged 76)
Kolkata, India
OccupationActor

Pradeep Kumar (Bengali) (born Pradeep Batabyal; 4 January 1925 - 27 October 2001) was an Indian actor in Bengali and Hindi films.[1][2]

Career[edit]

When Kumar was 17 years old, he decided to take up acting. His started his film career in Bengali films. His notable roles in Bengali films were in Alaknanda(1947) directed by renowned filmmaker Debaki Bose and in '42 (1951).

Pradeep Kumar Batabayal then shifted to Bombay and Filmistan studios, and had an important role in the film Anand Math (1952). He played the lead role with Bina Rai in Anarkali (1953) and with Vyjayanthimala in Nagin (1954). Both films were very popular and had songs that added to the movies success. He had a spate of releases in the second half of the 1950s. He did not enjoy as much success in the 1960s, though Ghoonghat (1960) , Taj Mahal (1963) and Aarti were successful. He worked with Meena Kumari in 7 films i.e. Adil-E-Jahangir, Bandhan, Chitralekha, Bahu Begum, Bheegi Raat, Aarti & Noorjehan & with Mala Sinha in 8 films i.e. Naya Zamana, Hamlet, Baadshah, Detective, Fashion, Ek Shola, Duniya Na Maane, and Mitti Mein Sona.

He did not get to act in lead roles with the newer heroines of the 1960s like Sadhana, Saira Banu, Babita or Sharmila Tagore, though he did work with Asha Parekh in Ghoonghat and Meri Surat Teri Aankhen & with Waheeda Rehman in Raakhi(1963). In 1969, he moved to character roles with Sambandh and Mehboob Ki Mehndi, but did not have many visible roles till Jaanwar and Razia Sultan in 1983.

He won the Kalakar Award-Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).[3]

Pradeep Kumar died in Calcutta on 27 October 2001, at the age of 76. He is survived by his daughters Reena, Meena and Beena Banerjee who plays character roles in movies and TV serials including Uttaran, son Debiprasad and granddaughters Tanisha, Riya and Hrishita. Beena Banerjee's son son Siddharth Banerjee worked as assistant director in Sajid Khan's Housefull 2 (2012) andHimmatwala (2013)[4][5]

Filmography[edit]

Bengali[edit]

Pradip kumar played the role of Bandit Mohan( Dosshu Mohan in Bangla) a character based on a very popular bangla crime thriller series Dossu Mohan.

Hindi[edit]

Pradeep Kumar's Hindi Filmography
NameYear
Aakhri Insaaf1980
Aarti1962
Adalat1958
Adl-E-Jehangir1954
Afsana1966
Amar Shakti1978
Anand Math1952
Anarkali1953
Anjaan1956
Apsara1955
Arab Ka Saudagar1956
Badshah1955
Yahudi Ki Ladki1957
Bahu Begum1966
Batwara1961
Bheegi Raat1965
Chaitali1975
Chambal Ki Kasam1980
Chitralekha1964
Detective1958
Do Anjaane1976
Do Dilon Ki Dastaan1967
Duniya Na Mane1959
Dur Naheen Manzil1972
Durgesh Nandini1956
Ek Jhalak1957
Fashion1957
Gateway Of India1957
Ghunghat1960
Harishchandra Taramati1970
Hawas1974
Heer1956
Hill Station1957
Jab Se Tumhen Dekha Hai1963
Jagte Raho1956
Jalte Badan1973
Kaagaz Ki Nao1975
Kalabaaz1977
Kranti1981
Lok Parlok1979
Mahabharat1965
Mangetar1972
Mehboob Ki Mehndi1971
Mere Armaan Mere Sapne1963
Meri Surat Teri Ankhen1963
Miss India1957
Mitti Me Sona1960
Modern Girl1960
Nagin1954
Naya Sansar1959
Noor Jehan1967
Purana Mandir1984
Parmatma1976
Passport1961
Patrani1958
Police1957
Pyar Ki Rahen1959
Raat Aur Din1967
Raj Hath1956
Rakhi1962
Saheli1965
Sambandh1968
Samjhauta1972
Sanjog1961
Shirin Farhad1956
Subah Ka Tara1954
Taj1955
Taj Mahal1963
Ustadon Ke Ustad1963
Sindbad Alibaba & Aladin1964
Wahan Ke Log1967
Zindagi Aur Maut1964
Khatta Meetha1978

Dharam Veer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ever the royal Rediff.com, Dinesh Raheja | 2 June 2003.
  2. ^ Image
  3. ^ Kalakar Awards
  4. ^ "Sajid Khan’s starry affair in Himmatwala". Hindustan Times. March 9, 2013. Retrieved Mar 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Banerjee/ Pradeep Kumar at the Internet Movie Database

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