Rattan Kumar - Profile & Filmography







Rattan Kumar – Profile & Filmography

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Caption – Rattan Kumar with Neelo

Rattan Kumar

Real Name – Syed Nazir Ali

Profession – Actor (Child-Star / Hero)

Active Years – 1940s – 1970s

Nationality – U.S. Citizen

Religion – Muslim

Ethnicity

Date of Birth – March 19th, 1941 (Ajmer, India)

Date of Death – December 11th, 2016 (California, USA)

Debut FilmDil Ki Aawaz (1948)

Last Film

Significant others in the Film Industry – Abbas Ajmeri (Father, Actor), Wazir Ali (Elder Brother, Producer), Mushtaq (Younger Brother, Actor)

Profile

Rattan Kumar, along with Baby Tabassum and Baby Naaz, was the most sought-after child-star of Bombay Cinema. Rattan would inevitably bag the coveted role whenever the demands of the script called for the hero’s childhood to be shown on screen. As such, Rattan played the childhood roles for quite a few important actors of India, including Nasir Khan in Aangarey (1954) and Bharat Bhushan in Baiju Bawra (1952). Raj Kapoor’s Boot Polish (1954), a film on the street kids of Bombay, brought international accolades for Rattan and his child co-star, Baby Naaz. In the mid-fifties he came to Pakistan with his family and settled in Lahore. His first appearance was in Sharif Nayar’s Masoom (1957), a family melodrama which attracted a large female audience. The song Lelo Choorian, picturized on Rattan, became a favorite of children of all ages.

Bedari (1957), his second movie in Pakistan, was a carbon copy of India’s Jagriti (1954). It dealt with national sentiments and was a colossal success mainly because of the songs that the music director Fateh Ali Khan adapted (read plagiarized) from the original. Almost all the songs were the same except for some changes in the lyrics to suit our locale. Mahatma Gandhi or Bapu of Jagriti (1954) was changed to Quaid-e-Azam or Baba-e-Qaum. Rattan was launched as the leading man in Khalil Qaiser’s Nagin (1959). The film did great business, but just like many popular child stars of his time Rattan never became successful as a film hero.

Kumar made his directorial debut in 1969 with Daastan. He continued to act sporadically until the 70s. In 1977, a tragedy struck and Kumar’s four-year-old daughter died in an accident in Lahore. “That was when I quit everything. I didn’t want anything to do with the business after that.”

In 1979, Kumar left the country never to return again. “I just couldn’t do it,” he had said. “For two decades, I did not have it in me to return to the same place again.”

In the late 60s, Kumar started working for National Carpets and after traveling to countries like Germany selling Oriental carpets, eventually settled down in the US.

1996 marked a turn in his life, when his lungs collapsed twice in the same year. “But it was the third time, the worst of them all, in 2000, what left me completely paralyzed. I was even in coma for eight days,” Kumar recalled.

However, he got better. “When I regained consciousness, I was paralysed and doctors had said, I wouldn’t walk again. In four to five months, I was driving again.”

Although in his last years, he was on constant portable oxygen tank support, Kumar was a grateful man who never complained about anything. “Why do we complicate life? It’s simple. If we try to understand it, it’s quite simple. I take every day as the last day of my life and enjoy it as much as I can. Jo ho gaya so ho gaya (What’s happened is over). I’m really blessed that I achieved all that I could, and I’m just thankful to Allah for all he has given me.”

After his illnesses increased, there was not much left to do for Kumar. When asked how he spent his days, he said, “I just try to relax and reflect. I also write poetry sometimes.”

Rattan Kumar passed away on December 11th, 2016 in California, USA.

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Filmography

Filmographies might not be 100% accurate or complete because of various reasons including artistes with similar names

Title
Year

Country
Producer
Director
More Info
Dil Ki Awaz
1948
India
Modern Theatre
Krishnachander
Balam
1949
India
Wadia Movietone
Homi Wadia
Click
Hamari Manzil
1949
India
Famous Pictures
O. P. Dutta
Roomal
1949
India
Varuna F.
Ramchandra Thakur
Banwara
1950
India
Shree Durga Pictures
G. Rakesh
Sargam
1950
India
Filmistan
Santoshi
Sartaj
1950
India
Omar Khayyam
S. Khalil
Afsana
1951
India
Shri Gopal Pictures
B. R. Chopra
Buzdil
1951
India
Filmarts
Shahid Lateef
Jai Mahalaxmi
1951
India
New Laxmi Pictures
N. Vakil
Saudagar
1951
India
West Hind Pictures
M. I. Dharamsey
Baghdad
1952
India
Falcon Films
N. Bhatt
Baiju Bawra
1952
India
Prakash
V. Bhatt
Diwana
1952
India
Kardar Production
A. R. Kardar
Moti Mahal
1952
India
Nigaristan Films
Ravindra Dave
Click
Rajrani Damyanti
1952
India
R. Chitra
Raja Nene
Bhagyawan
1953
India
Rup Kamal Chitra
Datta Dharmadhikari
Dard-E-Dil
1953
India
Nitin Bose
Nitin Bose
Do Bigha Zamin
1953
India
Bimal Roy
Bimal Roy
Laila Majnu
1953
India
All India Pictures
K. Amarnath
Naya Ghar
1953
India
Kashyap Production
D. D. Kashyap
Angaray
1954
India
Akash Chitra
K. B. Lal
Click
Bahut Din Huye
1954
India
Gemini Pictures
S. S. Vasan
Bhai Saheb
1954
India
Pancholi Art
Ravindra Dave
Boot Polish
1954
India
R. K. Films
Prakash Arora
Jagriti
1954
India
Filmistan
Satyen Bose
Radha Krishna
1954
India
G. P. Production
Raja Nene
Click
Ekadashi
1955
India
All India Pictures
Gunjal
Jalwa
1955
India
Shorey Films
Roop K. Shorey
Click
Zindagi
1956
India
Kesar Films
C. L. Dheer
Bedari
1957
Pakistan
Shaikh Latif
Rafiq Rizvi
Click
Masoom
1957
Pakistan
Mian Rafiq
Sharif Nayyar
Click
Wah Re Zamane
1958
Pakistan
Wazir Ali
Rafiq Rizvi
Click
Nagin
1959
Pakistan
Wazir Ali
Khalil Qaiser
Alladin ka Beta
1960
Pakistan
Wazir Ali
R.A.Raju
Clerk
1960
Pakistan
Wazir Ali
Khalil Qaiser
Do Ustad
1960
Pakistan
R.Bokhari
Rafiq Rizvi
Neelofar
1960
Pakistan
Wazir Ali
Rafiq Rizvi
Ghazi Bin Abbas
1961
Pakistan
Jamal A.Rizvi
Zahur Raja
Sher-e-Islam
1961
Pakistan
Rattan Kumar
M.J.Rana
Taj Aur Talwar
1961
Pakistan
Wazir Ali
R.A.Raju
Husn-o-Ishq
1962
Pakistan
A.Qayyum
Aziz Meeruthi
Baraat
1963
Pakistan
Rattan Kumar
Rahim Gul
Samira
1963
Pakistan
Rattan Kumar
M.S.Dar
Click
Choti Ammi
1964
Pakistan
Wazir Ali
Wazir Ali
Aasra
1969
Pakistan
Mateen Beg
Raza Mir
Dastan
1969
Pakistan
Nazir Ali
Nazir Ali
  1. 8 months ago  

    Farhat

    He was an amazing person! The most down to earth, humble, loving, caring, honest, and the sweetest person I have ever known! He will be missed dearly!

  2. 7 months ago  

    A.K.PANCHAL, mumbai

    so many times I seen his movie boot polish .I upset when I read message of death he was a great actor. god give peace to his soul .

  3. 7 months ago  

    Hassan Kazmi

    A very very sad news, the person I was searching to meet, since my I came in USA, is not alive now .I tried my best to get his phone from anywhere, but in New York I could not succeed. I was still hopeful that certainly I would be able to find some way to meet him , while his death news met disappoing me for ever.
    Now, I do not know how to send my condolences to his family.

    • 3 months ago  

      Akber

      He was my grandfather and he was an absolutely great person . I bet he would have been very happy to meet you.

  4. 5 months ago  

    Rajnikumar Pandya

    I have seen him singing a hindi song “Sona na Chandi” in BBC program. he was great as a child artist

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