Remembering yesteryear Hindi film actor Sajjan Kumar on his birthday 99th birth anniversary.

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Remembering yesteryear Hindi film actor Sajjan Kumar on his birthday 99th birth anniversary.

Born on January 15, 1921 in Jaipur, his full name was Sajjan Lal Purohit. But he was famous with his first name in the movie world. Sajjan did his graduation from Jaswarit college, Jodhpur. He had a desire to be a lawyer but not an actor. In 1941, he arrived in Calcutta and worked as an apprentice in a laboratory of East India Company.

His initial breakthrough in films was as an extra ill films like Masoom (1941), Chouranghee (1942). Sajjan left Calcutta during World War II and reached Mumbai. In Mumbai he worked as an assistant to famous director Kidar Sharma. At that time Raj Kapoor was also working as an assistant to Kidar Sharma. He also worked as assistant to Gajanan Jagirdar. Sajjan has also worked as assistant to Gajanan Jagirdar and Vakil Sahib and got Rs. 35 as salary.

A poet by heart, Sajjan showed His talent when he wrote dialogues for Meena (1944) and lyrics for Door Chalen (1946) and Dhanyavad (1948).

Sajjan also acted in small roles in Prithvi Theatte. As an actor his debut film was Dhanyavad. After that Bombay Theatre’s Muqaddar was released in 1950. The heroine was Nalini Jaywant. Now Sajjan was well established in film world. In 1950s- 60s Sajjan acted as hero or side-hero in films like, Saiyan, Rail Ka Dibba, Bahana, Sheesha, Malkin, Nirmohi, Kasturi, Mehmaan, Lagan, Girl School, paridhaan, Do Dulhe, Ghar-Ghar Mein Diwali, Haa-Haa-Hee-Hee-Hoo-Hoo, Poonam Jhanjhar, Halla- Gulla. As hero his last film was Kabuliwala and as an artist he last appeared in 1986 release Shatru.

Artist of more than 150 films Sajjan also worked in TV serials. In Vikram-Betaal he played Betaal. His other serial was Lena-Dena.

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