When Manoj Kumar met Bhagat Singh’s mother: ‘She scanned me and said, I do look like her son’

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Manoj Kumar was relieved when Bhagat Singh’s mom authorised of him to play the liberty fighter onscreen within the 1965 traditional, Shaheed. On Martyrdom Day at the moment, additionally known as the Shaheed Diwas, we revisit an outdated interview of the enduring actor, the place he opened up about assembly Bhagat Singh’s mom Vidyavati when she was hospitalised, and how she most likely noticed a mirrored image of her son within the actor.

“We got to know that Bhagat Singh’s mother is unwell and admitted to a hospital in Chandigarh. I went to meet her with Kewal Kashyap (producer of Shaheed). Bhagat Singh’s brother Kultar Singh told her that I’m the one who’s playing his bhaiya’s role in the film. His mother looked at me, as if scanning every inch to see if I’ll fit into her son’s role. “She slowly said, ‘Yes, he does look like him’. I felt a rush of happiness inside me,” Manoj Kumar stated in an interview to Tehelka Haryana.

While Kumar performed Bhagat Singh’s function, Prem Chopra and Anant Purushottam Marathe performed Sukhdev and Rajguru respectively. Kamini Kaushal essayed the function of Vidyavati and Manmohan was seen as Chandrashekhar Azad.

Kumar additionally shared within the interview how he requested Bhagat Singh’s mom to take her medicines, and she obliged. “We met Batukeshwar Dutt also there, the revolutionary who threw a bomb at the Assembly along with Bhagat Singh. She wasn’t eating her medicines despite the request of the doctor. Then I asked her to have her medicines, and she said, ‘If you are saying it, I will eat’.”

Shaheed was the primary Indian movie to win three National Awards. According to Manoj Kumar, the biopic based mostly on the lifetime of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh successful the supreme award was like a stamp from the Government that it was the correct doc on his life.


Manoj Kumar additional shared how he devoted the award to Bhagat Singh’s mom. In the identical video interview, he says, “My father himself went to Punjab and got Bhagat Singh’s mother to Delhi for the award ceremony. Our late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi hugged and touched her feet on the stage. Even I placed the award in the hands of his mother and touched her feet. It’s a result of my good deeds that I could sit with her, take her blessings ,” the actor stated.

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