Harikishan Giri Goswami (b. July 24, 1937) from the Pakhtun city of Abbotabad migrated along with his household within the unhappy season of Partition in 1947 to the Kingsway Camp for refugees in Delhi. He was to develop up as a strapping good-looking boy who took on the display title of Manoj Kumar, after the character performed by Peshawari Dilip Kumar in Shabnam (1949).
After graduating from Hindu Faculty, he moved to Mumbai with the goal of changing into a hero and making Rs three lakh, one every for his dad and mom and one for his siblings. He obtained his first break in 1957 and went out to carve a distinct segment for himself in Bollywood.
Starring because the understated romantic hero with a shy smile and the gesture of protecting his face along with his hand, he paired efficiently with yesteryear heroines: Mala Sinha in Hariyali aur Rasta, Apne Huye Paraye and Himalay Ki Gode Mein; with Asha Parekh in Do Badan; and with nice success with Sadhna within the psychological thriller Woh Kaun Thi. Nevertheless, it was Shaheed (1965), a movie primarily based on the lifetime of martyr Bhagat Singh, that was to resolve the course of his profession.
MANOJ TO BHARAT KUMAR
Trying again, his youthful cousin and TV producer Manish Goswamy says: “Manoj grew to become the patriotic hero who made his residence within the hearts of the folks singing ‘Mera rang de basanti chola, maye!’ His profession as a patriotic hero and director was launched and sooner or later he was nicknamed Bharat Kumar.”
After the Indo-Pak struggle of 1965, the then prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri wished him to popularise the slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kisan. He did so with aplomb, taking part in each farmer and soldier in Upkar (1967) which received him the Filmfare greatest director award. The movie was cathartic for the nation as he sang: Rang hara Hari Singh Nalve ne, rang laal hai Lal Bahadur se, Rang bana basanti Bhagat Singh, Rang aman ka Veer Jawahar se!
This was adopted by a number of movies with the theme of patriotism and social justice akin to Purab aur Paschim, Roti, Kapda aur Makan, Shor, and Kranti.
MISTAKES YES, BUT NO BLUNDERS
Among the many awards he has acquired are the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award and the Padma Shri.
Now ailing and main a retired life, Manoj nonetheless appears again with love and fulfilment saying: “Once I left residence in Delhi in 1956 to come back to Mumbai to turn out to be a hero, my father gave me a letter that mentioned, ‘My blood can by no means commit blunders, solely errors’. I made errors in my profession however no blunders.”