, Gujarat, India
Sanjeev Kumar was one of the most prominent Indian actors in Bollywood. He was unarguably one of the most versatile and complete actors that Bollywood has seen. Sanjeev Kumar made his debut in the film `Hum Hindustani` in 1960, his first film as a hero was the 1965 `Nishan`, followed by the 1968 flick, where he acted alongside the famous Dilip Kumar in `Sangharsh`. In 1970, `Khilona` made him a star and he went on to star in hits including `Seeta Aur Geeta` (1972) and `Manchali` (1973).He worked mostly with the well-known director, Gulzar in the early 1970s, performing in nine of his films including `Aandhi` (1975), `Mausam` (1975), `Angoor` (1981) and `Namkeen` (1982), which were some of his finest films.
Sanjeev looked forward to enact unconventional roles that challenged him as an actor. He played Mirza, a chess-obsessed Lucknowi (citizen of Lucknow), in Satyajit Ray's classic, `Shatranj Ke Khiladi` (1977), but is perhaps best-remembered in the blockbuster films `Sholay` (1975) and `Trishul` (1978).
Sanjeev Kumar was born as Harihar Jariwala in Gujarat to a Gujarati family. His first home was in Surat and family is based in Mumbai. A stint in the film school took him to Bollywood, where he eventually became a famous movie star. He remained a bachelor all his life and died of a massive heart attack in 1985. He was very well known for his behavior with fellow co-stars.