Manmohan Krishna (1922-1990) was a renowned Indian actor and director who worked in Hindi films for over four decades, primarily as a character actor. He appeared in numerous famous Hindi films such as Anarkali (1953), Waqt (1965), Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969), and Noorie (1980).
Manmohan Krishna was born on Sunday, 26 February 1922 (age 68; at the time of death), in Valsad, Bombay Presidency, British India (now Maharashtra, India). His zodiac sign is Pisces. After attending Bloomfield Hall School in Pakistan, he enrolled at the University of Allahabad, where he completed his graduation. Manmohan obtained a Master’s degree in Physics subject and began his career as a Physics professor at Rajakiya Vidyalaya in Lahore. During this time, he developed a strong desire to pursue a career in radio and therefore travelled to Mumbai for an interview. Interestingly, he happened to meet the renowned filmmaker V Shantaram at a party, which eventually opened the doors of the film industry for him.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Weight (approx.): 78 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Manmohan’s father, Dr. Meghraj Chadha, worked as a doctor, and his mother’s name was Vidyawati Chadha. There is not much information about them.
Wife & Children
Manmohan was married to Nandini, who worked as a professor of History at Islamia College in Delhi. Together, they have a son, who is a doctor by profession. Manmohan’s son, Dr. Ram Chaddha is a well-known spine surgeon practising at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai.
He acted in almost 250 films, including notable Hindi films such as Naya Daur (1957), Sadhana (1958), Khandan (1965), Waqt (1965), and Hamraaz (1967). He received critical acclaim for his performance in Bees Saal Baad (1962) and won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role Abdul Rasheed in Dhool Ka Phool (1960).
Additionally, he appeared in 12 Punjabi films. He also played a significant role in K. A. Abbas’s Shehar Aur Sapna (1963), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. He acted in the first Indo-Soviet co-production Pardesi (1957), which was nominated for the Golden Palm at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival. Manmohan was a favoured actor of the Chopra brothers and appeared in various films they directed and produced. Some of these films include Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Kanoon (1960), Daag (1973), Joshila (1973), Deewar (1975), Trishul (1978), and Kaala Patthar (1979). Towards the end of his professional journey, he directed the successful film Noorie (1979) for Yash Raj Films. This project also earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Director.
Manmohan sang Tujhe Aap Bitana Hai Apna Jeevan from the film Andhon Ki Duniya (1947), which was his debut as an actor. This opened up opportunities for him as a vocalist, leading him to collaborate with music composers like Vasant Desai on iconic tracks such as “Aao Azadi Ke Geet Gaye Chale” (Jeevan Yatra, 1946) and “Bhai Savdhan” (Matwala Shair Ramjoshi, 1947). He even lent his vocals to the title song of “Apna Desh” (1949), and his songs from “Afsar” (1950) gained significant popularity. In his National Award-winning film Shehar Aur Sapna (1963), he sang the theme song called Yeh Shaam Bhi Kahaan Hai.
Awards & Honours
Manmohan Krishna died at Lokmanya Tilak Hospital, Mumbai, on 3 November 1990.
- Manmohan Krishna’s debut song, ‘Jhat Khol De Kiwad Pat Khol De’, was featured in the 1950 Dev Anand film Afsar, with music composed by S.D. Burman.
- The song “Tu Hindu Banega na Musalman banega, insaan ki aulaad hai, insaan banega,” which epitomizes Nehruvian secularism, was picturized on him in the film Dhool Ka Phool.
- Manmohan Krishna is frequently mistaken for the actor Manmohan, renowned for playing villainous characters, as they share the same name.
- He also hosted the singing competition, Cadbury’s Phulwari, on the radio.
- One of his most well-known songs is “Basti Basti Parbat Parbat” from the film Railway Platform (1955). Although the song was initially recorded in his voice, the version sung by Mohammed Rafi was ultimately used in the film.