Rajendranath Malhotra (c.1932 - 2008)

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Death: Died in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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About Rajendranath Malhotra

Rajendra Nath is an actor of Bollywood who mostly did comic roles. He studied science at Darbar College in Rewa. His father was in the police, and retired as the IG of Police of Rewa. His sister Krishna was married to the great showman of Bollywood Raj Kapoor. In 1949, he shifted to Mumbai. By that time his brother Premnath was an established actor of film industry. He was a good friend of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor.

Rajendera Nath worked on the stage in Prithvi Theatres with Prithviraj Kapoor. He toured all over India with the troupe, alongwith Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor. Then he entered film industry and started doing small roles in movies. He acted in many films in Hindi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, and in South Indian movies also. In 1938, he acted in Franz Osten's Vachan with Ashok Kumar.

Rajendra Nath then got a break with a small comic role in I.S.Johar's Hum Sab Chor Hain(1956), with Shammi Kapoor and Nalini Jaywant. People appreciated his work and he got a few small roles in films. He got a better role of a harmonium player in H.S.Rawail's Sharaarat with Meena Kumari, Kishore Kumar and Raaj Kumar. Through the recommendation of Shammi Kapoor, who was working with Filmistan, he met Nasir Husain. He did a number of movies with Nasir Hussain like Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Teesri Manzil, Baharon Ke Sapne, and Pyar Ka Mausam. He played the role of a buffoon called Popatlal in Jab Pyar Kisi Se hota Hai, and the character became so popular that it soon became synonymous with Rajendera Nath. In 1958, Rajendra Nath got a chance to work with S. Mukherji of Filmalaya in the film Dil Deke Dekho. The film was very successful and he was flooded with offers by good producers and directors. He did two films with the celebrated director Bimal Roy in Prem Patra(1962) and Usne Kaha Tha (1960)with Sunil Dutt and Nanda.

Rajendra Nath acted in Janwar with Bhappi Sonie, which was followed by Jawan Mohabbat and Tum Haseen Main Jawan, which were very successful. He has acted in a number of different roles with the best of heroes and the best of directors of the industry. He did a cameo role in Raj Kapoor's Prem Rog and the role of a hippie in Purab Aur Paschim, the role of a dacoit in Mujhe Jeene Do with Sunil

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Rajendranath Malhotra's Timeline

1932
1932
2008
February 13, 2008
Age 76
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India