Sanjeev Kumar – The Hari Bhai Of Bollywood
Can you believe there was an actor who had no competition back in the days when he was in his prime? Yes, that was the caliber of late Sanjeev Kumar. Sanjeev Kumar redefined the definition of “Hero” by playing the main lead in numerous movies when heroes were considered to be visually pleasant, smart and dancing or fighting sensations; like Dilip Kumar, Jetendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Shashi Kapoor, Sunil Dutt and many other mammoth names. Sanjeev Kumar passed away on 6th November, 1985. Sanjeev acted in more than 150+ movies showcasing a plethora of characters in almost every capacity i.e. from cameo to character actor and from special appearance to main lead. Following are some of the amazing movies based on his characters; only claiming his most earnest performances irrespective of the script or fate of the movie itself.
Sangharsh – 1968
One of the movies where Dilip Kumar and Sanjeev Kumar came face to face and Sanjeev Kumar made a solid impression by giving a knockout performance in front of the most successful superstar of that time. The scenes between Dilip Kumar and Sanjeev Kumar are worth watching again and again.
Khilona – 1970
This one needs no introduction. The mentally challenged poet who oozes expressions in every given scene is a delight to watch even today. Sanjeev proved that with right script he never needed to look back or depend on any other thing. He was flawless in Khilona.
Anubhav – 1971
Anubhav was one of the path-breaking movies of its times. Sanjeev Kumar brought out the character with complete ease and amazing sincerity. Watch this classic if you haven’t.
Koshish – 1972
The romantic tale of two mute and deaf could never be expressed with such brilliance; credit goes to Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bahaduri. In innumerable scenes Sanjeev Kumar displayed a wide range of performance. The beauty of the character he played was that, in none of the scenes audience looked at him with pity, keeping the deaf and mute element in mind. He was the star of the movie.
Anamika – 1973
Although Anamika was a woman oriented movie but in the given role Sanjeev Kumar brought his uniqueness in it. That’s the beauty of his characters.
Naya Din Nayee raat – 1974
The main lead was first offered to Dilip Kumar but due to certain reasons he backed off and he suggested Sanjeev Kumar’s name to the makers mentioning that he was the only actor who could pull of all 9 characters with impeccable variations in looks, expressions, voice texture and performances. Naya Din Nayee Raat is a treat for Sanjeev Kumar’s diehard fans. Don’t miss it!
Aandhi – 1975
This Suchitra Sen and Sanjeev Kumar starrer is still one of the sincerely made movies which had amazing script, performance and music. Sanjeev Kumar’s character in this film required a varied range of expressions and traits. Aandhi is a classic.
Sholay – 1975
Sholay needs no introduction, neither Thakur Baldev Sing (Sanjeev Kumar). He took the character of Thakur to the next level – unmatched till date.
Mausam – 1975
Mausam was mainly a Sharmila Tagore movie but Sanjeev Kumar showed his immense command on showcasing the emotions in the given space with brilliance. The movie was on a bold topic of its time.
Shatranj Ke Khiladi – 1977
It is also known as The Chess Players and is one of the finest movies to be made in India. Sanjeev Kumar’s performance is combination of elite mannerism and addiction for the chess. Written and directed by Satyajit Ray, Shatranj Ke Khiladi still manages to impress its viewers.
Trishul – 1978
From an earnest common man to a ruthless business tycoon, Sanjeev Kumar makes his performance and dialogue remembered even today, although the movie starred Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor as well, in the lead roles.
Silsila – 1981
Although in Silsila, Sanjeev Kumar’s character was not more than an extended cameo but he gave a memorable performance. In a role where he was offered with only 3 to 5 scenes, he over-shadowed the remaining cast in those scenes.
Vidhaata – 1982
This was the time when Subhash Ghai casted Dilip Kumar and Sanjeev Kumar in pivotal roles but gambled on Sanjay Dutt. There was one scene in which Sanjeev Kumar argues with Dilip Kumar. That scene was the highlight of Vidhaata.
Namkeen – 1982
In a women-centric film being the only male character is quite a risk, where actresses like Sharmila Tagore, Shabana Azmi and Waheeda Rehman were in lead characters; Sanjeev Kumar made no stone unturned in pitching one of the finest performances of his career.
Angoor – 1982
This movie is a cult classic and deserves no introduction. Hilariously amazing acting by Sanjeev Kumar makes it so easy to believe.
These are just a few names to quote, Sanjeev Kumar did phenomenal roles and with his distinctive voice, he was an amazing performer with the ability to perform every sort of character.