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Jeevan in the film Aakhri Dao
BornOmkar Nath Dhar
(1915-10-24)24 October 1915
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, British India
💀Died10 June 1987(1987-06-10) (aged 71)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India10 June 1987(1987-06-10) (aged 71)
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Film actor
👶 ChildrenKiran Kumar, Bhushan Jeevan

Jeevan, born Omkar Nath Dhar (24 October 1915 – 10 June 1987), was an Indian actor who played Narad Muni in mythological films of the 1950s a total of 49 times.[1][2] Later, he played the villain in popular Bollywood films of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. His son Kiran Kumar (born Deepak Dhar) is also a film and television actor.[3]

Early life[edit]

Jeevan was born into an aristocratic Kashmiri Pandit family. His grandfather, a nobleman, served as the Governor of the Gilgit Agency. He lost his father when he was three years old, and his mother died during childbirth.[1]


From an early age, Jeevan wanted to be an actor as films had always fascinated him. Since his grandfather was the Governor, their family was considered among the nobility. As a son of such a family, joining films would not have been accepted as films were considered taboo, so Jeevan ran away from home at the age of 18 and came to Bombay with only Rs. 26 in his pocket.

After a brief period of struggle, he eventually landed himself a job in the studios of Mohan Sinha (Vidya Sinha's grandfather). His job was to stick silver paper on the reflectors. It was here while working as a reflector boy that he landed a lead role in the movie Fashionable India, which was being made by Mohan Sinha.[1]

It is said that he has played Narad Muni in more than 60 films and theater shows of different languages. He became notable otherwise for his roles in Romantic India in 1935, Afasana in 1946 and Station Master in 1942. Jeevan appeared in several Dev Anand films from 1946 to 1978 and in Manmohan Desai movies such as Amar Akbar Anthony and Dharam Veer as villains. He also starred in the Punjabi film Teri Meri Ek Jindri. His last movie was Insaaf Ki Manzil, released in 1986, produced by Ram Nandan Prasad and Directed by Braj Bhushan. He died on 10 June 1987 at the age of 71.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1940 Anuradha
1948 Mela Mehku
1948 Ghar Ki Izzat Moti
1954 Chandni Chowk Ibrahim Baig
1954 Nagin Pravir
1956 Taj Trishanku Singh
1957 Nau Do Gyarah Surjeet
1957 Naya Daur Kundan
1958 Phagun Madhal
1958 Do Phool Masterji
1960 Kanoon Kalidas
1962 Rungoli Sadhuram
1964 Zindagi Banke
1965 Mahabharat Shakuni
1965 Waqt Orphanage Warden
1966 Phool Aur Patthar Jeevanram
1966 Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya Bhagat
1967 Hamraaz Thakur
1968 Aabroo Darwajalal
1968 Aulad Munim Ramlal
1969 Bandhan Jeevanlal
1969 Talash John
1969 Intaquam Bankelal
1969 Badi Didi Lala
1970 Johny Mera Naam Heera
1970 Heer Ranjha Kaazi
1970 Mere Humsafar Mittal
1972 Garam Masala Captain Kishore Chandra
1972 Bhai Ho To Aisa Ram & Bharat's Mamaji
1972 Narad Leela Narad
1973 Shareef Budmaash Diwan Saheb
1973 Anokhi Ada Khishiram
1973 Banarasi Babu V. K. Saxena
1973 Do Phool Advocate Vardhraj
1974 Roti Lala
1975 Ek Gaon ki Kahani Lala Dindayal
1975 Anokha Manchanda
1975 Dharmatma Anokhelal
1976 Sabse Bada Rupaiyaa Dhanraj
1976 Aaj Ka Mahatma Head Clerk
1977 Darling Darling
1977 Amar Akbar Anthony Robert / Albert
1977 Dharam Veer Satpal Singh
1977 Dildaar Sarpanch Charandas 'Mukhiya'
1977 Chacha Bhatija Laxmidas
1979 Dada Bihari
1979 Surakshaa Hiralal
1979 Gopal Krishna Narad Muni
1979 Suhaag Pascal
1980 Takkar Kishan, Vijay & Meena's Mamaji
1980 Khanjar
1981 Naseeb Professor Prem
1981 Lawaaris Lala
1981 Professor Pyarelal Shyamlal / Sammy
1981 Yaarana Kishan & Bishan's Mamaji
1981 Bulundi Babulal Bhakhri
1981 Poonam Sinha
1982 Teesri Aankh Paul
1982 Sanam Teri Kasam Wilson
1982 Desh Premee Munim
1982 Haathkadi Suraj
1983 Nishan Diwanji
1985 Geraftaar Lucy's Father
1986 Kala Dhanda Goray Log Kidnapper


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 http://cineplot.com/jeevan-memories Memories of Jeevan
  2. Agnihotri, Ram Awatar (1992). Artistes and their films of modern Hindi cinema: cultural and sociopolitical impact on society, 1931-1991. Commonwealth Publishers. ISBN 978-81-7169-180-7. Retrieved 10 July 2011. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. "In the limelight: Seasoned actor Kiran Kumar talks of the many shades of his career". The Hindu. 13 Nov 2008.

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