Veteran actor Rajendra Kumar was one of the most talented actors of the Hindi cinema. The actor was fondly called as Jubilee Kumar because of the series of his successful films at the box office. He started his acting career in 1950 and then appeared on more than 80 films. Rajendra Kumar made his debut with a small role in Jogan that featured actors Dilip Kumar and Nargis. Producer Devendra Goel noticed his acting calibre and gave him a break in 1955 film Vachan. The film became the actor’s first silver jubilee. Today, on his birth anniversary, let’s have a look at his glorious journey in Indian cinema.
India TV’s editor-in-chief Rajat Sharma took to his Twitter to pay respect to the celebrated actor as we remember him on his birth anniversary.
Remembering the late actor #RajendraKumar. He was #Bollywood’s ‘Jubilee Kumar’, who had a string of silver jubilee hits to his credit. My tributes to him on his birth anniversary. pic.twitter.com/Dn2MAHqZwE— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) July 20, 2018
Rajendra Kumar and his journey to stardom
The time between 1959 and 1966 saw Rajendra Kumar’s rise to stardom. Every film he touched became a box office hit. Dhool Ka Phool, Arzoo, Sangam and many more were the addition to his volley of non-stop blockbusters.
People crowned him Jubilee Kumar as his multiple films completed more than 25 weeks at the box office. The actor was becoming one of the richest stars of the industry. But, when his film’s success halted, he shifted to playing supporting roles.
Not many people know, the actor sold his bungalow to a star, who was that time new to the industry. His name was Rajesh Khanna, who believed that after buying his house, he will achieve the same success like Jubilee Kumar. Fortunately, his belief turned out to be true. Rajesh Khanna went on to be the original also the first superstar of the industry.
Rajendra Kumar died of cancer on 12 July 1999 and the Hindi cinema lost one of his gems.