Raaj Kumar used to be a cop before deciding to pursue a career in film. In movies, he used to fit up uniforms nicely and looked great as a cop or a fauji. He was noted for his dialogue delivery, and it was once a competition among authors to write out his lines. He was one of the most elegant stars to ever grace the silver screen, and he was always dapper both on and off-screen. He was also one of our most masculine movie actors, and his tough-guy demeanor won him a lot of fans. On the occasion of Raaj Kumar’s birth anniversary, we’ve compiled a list of his best films over the years.
1. Mother India (1957): The film was a cinematic tribute to Indian women’s tenacity, who was regarded as the upholders of India’s moral core. The sacrifice of Nargis’ errant son for the sake of justice is regarded as the pinnacle of Indian motherhood.
2. Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960): This was a traditional nurse-doctor romance, with songs like Ajeeb dastan hai yeh and the title song that is still popular today. Karuna (Meena Kumari) works as a nurse in a hospital and meets Dr. Sushil Varma (Raaj Kumar).
3. Gharana (1961): Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani was a remake of the 1960 Telugu film Shanthi Nivasam, which was recreated in 1988. Shanta (Lalita Pawar) is a despotic dictator. Ramdas (Bipin Gupta) is her humble and religious spouse. Kailash (Raaj Kumar), her middle son, is married to Sita, a lovely woman (Devika). Kamal (Rajendra Kumar), the youngest son, is a college student who falls in love with another student, Usha (Asha Parekh).
4. Dil Ek Mandir (1963): Sridhar directed the film, which was a remake of the Tamil film Nenjil Or Aalayam (1962). Another love triangle between a doctor, his lover, and the guy she eventually marries was depicted in this film. It was extremely melodramatic in nature, in keeping with the type of films being made at the time, but it did represent the dedication of a doctor.
5. Waqt (1965): Waqt is widely regarded as the first multi-starrer in Hindi cinema. Its core plot was based on the lost-and-found formula, which has become a common cliche in Hindi cinema. The film’s lavish production values, A-list cast, and fantastic soundtrack assured strong box-office profits. Following that, grandeur became somewhat of a signature for all Yash Chopra films.