Mumbai: The super star actor and “Gun Man” of Bollywood Raaj Kumar’s birth day celebration celebrates today in film industry in Mumbai.
Raaj Kumar was born on October 8, 1926 at Loralai Balochistan, Pakistan in a Kashmiri Pandit family. His wife’s name was Gayatri Raaj. He had three children in which Puru Raaj kumar and Panini Raaj kumar were two sons while Vastavikta Raajkumar was a daughter.
He married Jennifer, an Anglo Indian, whom he met on a flight where she was the air hostess. She later changed her name to Gayatri based on her horoscope as per Hindu customs.
His other notable films included Hamraaz (1967), Heer Raanjha (1971), Lal Patthar (1971) and Pakeezah (1972). He acted in fewer films by the mid 1970s and became a character actor in the 1980s with films like Kudrat (1981), Ek Nai Paheli (1984), Marte Dam Tak (1987), Muqaddar Ka Faisla (1987) and Jung Baaz(1989). In 1991, he reunited with Dilip Kumar after 32 years in Subhash Ghai’s Saudagar.
From his screen debut in Rangeeli to his last film God & Gun in 1995.
He died of throat cancer at the age of 69 on 3 July 1996. According to Purru Raaj Kumar in his interview to Farhana Farook, his father suffered from Hodgkins for which he had chemotherapy. The last two years were bad with the nodes recurring in the lungs and ribs.