The current is the 104th year of the Indian Film Industry. In as many year, we did not only get legends of Bollywood like Rajesh Khanna, Dev Aanad but also we got Satyajit Ray in Regional Cinema.
Each day in these 104 years marked itself to be special and July 9 is such a day.
On this day, nearly, 78 years ago, the 'Thakur' of Hindi cinema Sanjeev Kumar was born in a Gujarati family. He was named Harihar Jethalal Jariwala.
He was an avid actor from his childhood and never minded doing roles that would portray him older than his age.
Sanjeev began his acting career in 1960 at the age of 22, when he joined IPTA in Mumbai where he played role of an old man in an adaption of Auther Miller's 'All My Sons'.
Same year, he made his film debut with 'Hum Hindustani' and after that he never looked back.
He was perhaps the only actor who was master in every genre with his bag full of superhits like'Aandhi', 'Angoor', 'Seeta aur Geeta', 'Pati Patni aur Vo' and so on.
As a method actor, he proved his acting mettle in film 'Koshish', where he played a deaf and mute person and completely nailed it.
Sanjeev Kumar owns one of the most significant and acclaimed roles like the eternal 'Thakur' from 'Sholay'.
There is barely anyone who is alien to the character of 'Thakur' and even the chidren chant his famous dialogues from his movie 'Sholay' like :- " Ye haath nahi, phansi ka phanda hai" ,i.e. "These are not hands, they are hangman's knot."
"Keemat jo tum chaho, kaam jo main chahon", i.e. " Price whatever you want, work whatever I ask."
His remarkable work is not limited to Hindi Cinema but he has delivered fabulous acting in regional films like, 'Fauji Chacha', 'Raja aur Rank', both are Punjabi movies. He has also worked in Marathi, Tamil, Telgu, Sindhi and Gujarati movies.
It’s his hard work and dedication that made him eligible of getting 2 Filmare Awards for best actor, 1 Filmfare Award for best supporting actor and 2 National Films Awards for best actor.
He was also nominated 14 times for Filmfare Awards.
Ironically, the passionate actor, who played senior citizens in many of his films could not make to even 50.
The actor suffered major heart attack at the age of 47 that snatched away a brilliant actor from the film industry, leaving his fans shocked weeping.