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    Sujit Kumar

    Sujit Kumar (7 February 1934 – 5 February 2010) was an Indian film actor and producer. He appeared in over 150 Hindi films in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and 25 films in Bhojpuri. From the late 1990s, he primarily worked with production. Kumar was considered a major actor in Bhojpuri cinema.[1] He played pivotal roles either as a villain or as a character actor. One of his most notable roles was as a man playing the mouth organ while driving a jeep in the 1969 film Aradhana and subsequent 12 films with Rajesh Khanna

    Biography
    Hindi cinema
    Sujit was the leading man in suspense flicks in Hindi in the early sixties like Lal Bangla (1966) and Ek Saal Pehle (1965). He was always part of films with Rajesh Khanna as the lead hero like in Aradhana, Ittefaq, Aan Milo Sajna, Haathi Mere Saathi, Amar Prem, Mere Jeevan Saathi, Roti, Mehbooba, Avtaar, Aakhir Kyon? and Amrit.

    His other notable roles include that of a spy in Ramanand Sagar's Aankein (1968), Naya Raasta (1970), Jugnu (1973), Hamrahi (1999), Charas (1976), Dharamveer (1977), Dev Anand's Des Pardes, The Burning Train, Kaamchor, Krantiveer, Tiranga and many more.[3][4] He produced big budget movies like Asmaan Se Ooncha (1989), Daraar (1996) Champion (2000), Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009) .[5]

    His best friends from the film industry were Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra and Rakesh Roshan, the two with whom Sujit used to hit the gym regularly and other close friends included producer Saawan Kumar Tak and Randhir Kapoor, as all of them practically grew up together in the Hindi Film industry since the early sixties.[6]

    Bhojpuri cinema
    He appeared in such films as Bidesiya, Loha Singh, Dangal, Pan Khaye Saiyya Hamar, Champa Chameli, Patoh Bitiya, Sajan Kare Kanyadan, Bairi Bhaile Hamar , Nag Panchami, Saiyya Se Bhaile Milanawa, Aaeel Basant Bahar, Bidhana Nach Nachawe, Mai Ke Lal, Sampurna Teerth Yatra, Sajai Da Maang Hamar, Saiyya Magan Pahalwani Me, Ganga Kahe Pukar Ke, Ganga Jaisan Bhauji Hamar and Ganga Hamar Mai.

    Death
    Kumar died in 2010 of cancer, an illness from which he was suffering since 2007. He had two children, Jatin Kumar and a daughter Henna.[7] A condolence meeting took place on 8 February 2010, at the Indian Medical Association, beside PVR Cinema, Juhu, Mumbai where many of his friends from the industry like the whole of Kapoor family, Rakesh Roshan's family, and Rajesh Khanna paid their last respects. He was the best friend of Rajesh Khanna.

    Filmography

    Hindi

    Year Film Character/Role Notes
    1994 Krantiveer Police Commissioner  
    1993 Tirangaa Police Commissioner  
    1992 Khel Principal/Father  
    1990 Kishen Kanhaiya Bholaram  
    1989 Asmaan Se Ooncha Police Commissioner  
    1989 Aakhri Baazi Police Commissioner  
    1989 Kala Bazaar Girdharilal  
    1986 Dharm Adhikari Inspector  
    1986 Amrit Doctor  
    1986 Anubhav Mamaji  
    1985 Haveli    
    1985 Aakhir Kyon? Kumar  
    1983 Arpan Ashok  
    1983 Avtaar Bawaji  
    1982 Kaamchor Sohan  
    1982 Gopichand Jasoos    
    1981 Raaz    
    1981 Bhula Na Dena    
    1980 Shaan    
    1980 Insaaf Ka Tarazu Owner of Ad Agency  
    1980 The Burning Train Inspector Ranveer  
    1980 Ram Balram Daku Satarawala  
    1980 Guest House    
    1979 The Great Gambler Marconi he was gang leader of Prem Chopra under control gang
    1979 Khandaan Vikas G. Srivastav  
    1978 Nalayak Prem  
    1978 Des Pardes Gangaram  
    1977 Farishta Ya Qatil Gautam  
    1977 Dharam Veer Rajkumar Sujan Singh  
    1977 Kalabaaz Malhotra  
    1976 Charas Shaikh  
    1976 Barood Ratan - Bakshi's Las Vegas Associate  
    1976 Chhoti Si Baat Dacoit in song Janeman Janeman  
    1976 Amir Garib Police Inspector  
    1976 Mehbooba Dr. Vinod  
    1975 Do Jasoos G L Sippy  
    1972 Gaon Hamara Shaher Tumhara Shyam C. Pandey[8]  
    1972 Mere Jeevan Saathi    
    1972 Amar Prem Nandu's Father  
    1972 Putlibai    
    1971 Murder in Circus    
    1971 Naag Pooja    
    1970 Geet Kunver Shamsher Singh  
    1970 Maa Aur Mamta    
    1970 "Naya Raasta" Ramu    
    1969 Aradhana Madan, Arun Verma's friend, playing the mouth organ  
    1969 Ittefaq Police Inspector  
    1969 Gustakhi Maaf Shankar  
    1969 Aankhen Nadeem  
    1967 Jaal    
    1967 Sab Ka Ustad    
    1966 Lal Bangla Raja  
    1954 Taxi Driver (first movie smoking cigarette in background) Dev Anand's movie