When Rajendra Kumar Said No To Geeta Bali’s Offer

Rajendra Kumar, who won people’s hearts with his best performance in Bollywood, ruled the film industry for nearly four decades. Rajendra Kumar was regarded as one of the best actors of the 1960s.

Up to the early 1960s, the Hindi cinema was ruled by Raj-Dev-Dilip known as ‘Trimurti’. But in 1960 Hindi cinema saw some new and fresh faces like Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Dharmendra, and Rajendra Kumar. The most interesting thing about the Sunil-Raaj-Rajendra was the trio was part of Mehboob Khan’s ambitious project ‘Mother India’.

At a certain point in Rajendra Kumar’s career, six to seven of his films were in theaters at the same time.

Rajendra Kumar was born on 20 July 1927 in Sialkot (Now in Pakistan). His father Sh. Lubhaya Ram was in the textile business in Karachi but at the time of India- Pakistan partition in 1947 Kumar’s family left all of their property and migrated to Bombay.

Though he was keen to join Hindi cinema but not in front of the camera rather behind the camera. He started his career as an assistant to H. S. Rawail. But destiny had different plans for him.

Every big heroine in Bollywood at the time wanted to work with him. Even when Rajendra Kumar was married, Bollywood ladies flocked to him.

Rajendra Kumar debuted in Hindi cinema with the film ‘Patanga,’ in 1949 in a small role. But he made his first appearance as a hero in ‘Vachan’ released in 1955.

Why Kumar Refused to Geeta Bali’s Offer

In addition to Rajendra Kumar, Geeta Bali played the lead role in this film. After this film, Rajendra Kumar and Geeta Bali never worked together again.

In fact, Geeta Bali is regarded as a great actress in Hindi cinema. She has given many hit films in her career and was married to actor Shammi Kapoor in real life in 1955. Both got married secretly during the shooting of ‘Rangeen Raaten’ at a temple in Bombay.

She had appeared in a number of films prior to ‘Vachan.’ Despite the fact that her performance in this film was well received. Not only that but she was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Actress for this film.

In this film, she played Rajendra Kumar’s elder sister. Rajendra Kumar played his character in this film with such intensity that he began to think of Geeta as his sister. But he never conveyed his feelings to Geeta Bali.

Geeta Bali became an actress and producer after starring in ‘Vachan.’ And she was producing a movie after the success of Vachan.

She wanted to cast Rajendra Kumar opposite her in one of her films, but the actor declined her offer. Geeta Bali was offering him a good role and money in her production. So he called Kumar to know the reason for his refusal.

Rajendra Kumar stated that because he considers her to be a sister at heart, he is unable to romance her on screen.

Career

From 1963 to 1966, all of the films were box office smashes. According to reports, only Rajendra Kumar’s films were shown in every cinema hall at the time, and all films celebrated the Silver Jubilee. As a result, Rajendra Kumar became known as ‘Jubilee Kumar.’

His measure breakthrough was the role of Nargis’s son in Mother India alongside Sunil Dutt who also was a new actor then. Rajendra Kumar appeared in 83 movies.

It is said that Rajendra Kumar’s stardom began to fade as soon as Rajesh Khanna entered the film industry. He shifted to character roles in the mid-1970s.

Rajendra Kumar’s Bungalow

Rajendra Kumar’s financial situation had deteriorated to a critical level by 1969. Rajesh Khanna even bought his bungalow from him for a sum of 3.5 lakhs. At the time, this bungalow was known as ‘Dimple’ which was named after Rajendra Kumar’s daughter.

People say Rajendra Kumar wept bitterly the night he left the bungalow. Rajendra Kumar did not permit Rajesh Khanna to keep the name as it is and Khanna changed the Bungalow name to ‘Ashirwad’.

After his death in 2012, his family sold the bungalow for 90 crores.

Rajendra Kumar also directed the film for his son Kumar Gaurav. ‘Love Story’ in which he also played the character of his father.

Rajendra Kumar has made significant contributions to film, for which he has been awarded the Padma Shri in 1969. Rajendra Kumar has appeared in over 85 films during his career.

Rajendra Kumar’s last two years were a nightmare of low hemoglobin levels, blood transfusions, and hospitalizations. He was treated in the United States for ten months. Even as his body deteriorated, his mind remained sharp; he had weekly box-office collections faxed to him so he could stay up to date on industry news. Rajendra Kumar passed away on July 12, 1999.

Rajendra Kumar’s Filmography

Sl No Movie Name Year
1 Patanga 1949
2 Jogan 1950
3 Vachan 1955
4 Toofan Aur Deeya 1956
5 Aawaz 1956
6 Mother India 1957
7 Ek Jhalak 1957
8 Duniya Rang Rangeeli 1957
9 Devar Bhabhi 1958
10 Ghar Sansar 1958
11 Khazanchi 1958
12 Talaq 1958
13 Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan 1959
14 Dhool Ka Phool 1959
15 Do Behnen 1959
16 Goonj Uthi Shehnai 1959
17 Santan 1959
18 Kanoon 1960
19 Maa Baap 1960
20 Mehndi Rang Lagyo 1960
21 Patang 1960
22 Zindagi Aur Khwab 1961
23 Aas Ka Panchhi 1961
24 Dharmputra 1961
25 Amar Rahe Yeh Pyar 1961
26 Gharana 1961
27 Pyaar Ka Saagar 1961
28 Sasural 1961
29 Sanjog 1961
30 Akeli Mat Jaiyo 1963
31 Dil Ek Mandir 1963
32 Gehra Daag 1963
33 Hamrahi 1963
34 Mere Mehboob 1963
35 Sangam 1964
36 Ayee Milan Ki Bela 1964
37 Zindagi 1964
38 Arzoo 1965
39 Suraj 1966
40 Palki 1967
41 Aman 1967
42 Saathi 1968
43 Jhuk Gaya Aasman 1968
44 Anjaana 1969
45 Shatranj 1969
46 Talash 1969
47 Mera Naam Joker 1970
48 Geet 1970
49 Ganwaar 1970
50 Dharti 1970
51 Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee 1971
52 Tangewala 1972
53 Gora Aur Kala 1972
54 Gaon Hamara Shaher Tumhara 1972
55 Aan Baan 1972
56 Lalkaar 1972
57 Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam 1974
58 Do Sher 1974
59 Do Jasoos 1975
60 Rani Aur Lalpari 1975
61 Sunehra Sansar 1975
62 Teri Meri Ik Jindri 1975
63 Mazdoor Zindabaad 1976
64 Daku Aur Mahatma 1977
65 Do Sholay 1977
66 Shirdi Ke Sai Baba 1977
67 Sone Ka Dil Lohe Ke Haath 1978
68 Aahuti 1978
69 Saajan Bina Suhagan 1978
70 Bin Phere Hum Tere 1979
71 Gunehgaar 1980
72 Badla Aur Balidan 1980
73 Dhan Daulat 1980
74 Oh Bewafa 1980
75 Yeh Rishta Na Tootay 1981
76 Saajan Ki Saheli 1981
77 Love Story 1981
78 Rustom 1982
79 Lovers 1983
80 Main Tere Liye 1988
81 Clerk 1989
82 Insaaf Ka Khoon 1991
83 Phool 1993

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