Hindi cinema’s show Man Raj Kapoor was not only a great actor but he was also a great director. Along with the audience, Raj Kapoor considered himself a good director. It was in 1967, when actor Manoj Kumar was making the film ‘Upkar’, that the story of the film was written by Manoj Kumar himself.
In fact, after the Hindustan-Pakistan war in 1965, once Manoj Kumar met Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, he told Manoj Kumar that the slogan I have given is ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’, if this is taken into account Any film made can be made. This thing settled in Manoj Kumar’s heart, he thought that as soon as he gets a chance, he will definitely make a film on it. Inspired by Shastri, Manoj Kumar wrote the film’s story. When he announced the film ‘ar upkar’, Raj Kapoor asked him to either act in the film or direct it, because not everyone is Raj Kapoor who can do both things successfully ‘.
Manoj Kumar believed in himself, he also worked in the film ‘Upkar’ and also directed it. The film was a huge success. Not only this, after this film, he also did films like ‘Purab Aur Paschim’, ‘Kranti’, ‘Roti Kapda Aur Makan’ and ‘Shor’ in which he also worked as an actor and as a director Also worked. Manoj Kumar’s hard work proved Raj Kapoor wrong that no one else could do both.
Not only this, after watching these films of Manoj Kumar, Raj Kapoor himself told him that ‘I was competing on my own till date, but today I have got to compete with someone else. Let us tell you that Manoj Kumar’s film is ‘Upkar’. Awarded 6 Filmfare and 3 National Awards. Apart from Manoj Kumar, Pran and Asha Parekh also played their roles beautifully in this film.
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