Manoj Kumar was born in Abbottabad, Pakistan and after Partition he moved to India with his family. His real name is Harikishan Giri Goswami, but today people know him as Manoj Kumar or Bharat Kumar. She made her Bollywood debut with the 1957 film ‘Fashion’. When he was young, he was a big fan of Bollywood actors like Dilip Kumar, Ashok Kumar and Kamini Kaushal.
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Almost everyone knows that Manoj Kumar is not his real name, but there is an interesting story behind how he changed his name. Interestingly, when he was young, he had seen Dilip Kumar’s film ‘Shabnam’, which was released in 1949. He was very impressed with Dilip Kumar’s performance in the film. He liked his role in the film ‘Manoj Kumar’ so much that he decided to name himself Manoj Kumar.
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According to media reports, Manoj Kumar has won many awards for his brilliant acting along with his contribution to Indian cinema. The actor was honored with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1992 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2015.
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