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Kidar Sharma

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Kidar Nath Sharma, also Kedar Sharma (12 April 1910 – 29 April 1999), was an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, and Lyricist of Hindi films. While he had great success as a director of such movies as Neel Kamal (1947), Bawre Nain (1950) and Jogan (1950), he is often most remembered for starting the acting careers of Bollywood greats Geeta Bali, Madhubala, Raj Kapoor, Mala Sinha, Bharat Bhushan and Tanuja. Kidar Sharma was born in Narowal in what was then the Punjab region of India and grew up in a life of poverty. Two brothers, Ragunath and Vishwa had died as infants and his sister, Taro, died of Tuberculosis at an early age. A younger sister Guro survived as did a younger brother, Himmat Rai Sharma, who would later work with Kidar on films before establishing himself as a successful Urdu poet. Kidar attended the Baij Nath High School in Amritsar where he became interested in philosophy, poetry, painting and photography. Upon completion of high school, he ran away from home to pursue a career in cinema in Mumbai but was unsuccessful in gaining employment. He returned to Amritsar and attended the Hindu Sabha College where he founded a College Dramatic Society which would later give him his first break in film. Awards and Nominations : International Honours and Recognitions : Part of the Indian Delegation in 1945 which travelled to England and Hollywood and met with Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney and Cecil B. DeMille Best Children"s Film, International Film Festival at Venice 1957 for Jaldeep National Honours and Recognitions : 1956: National Film Award for Best Children"s Film: Jaldeep Indian Film Directors" Association Lifetime Achievement Award Gold Award from Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1982 for contribution to Indian Cinema Government of Maharashtra"s Raj Kapoor Award (awarded in 1999 after his death) Films : Inquilab (1935), Set Painter, actor Dhoop Chhaon (1935), actor, Assistant Manager Pujarin (1936), actor Karodpati a.k.a. Millionaire (1936), actor, lyrics Devdas (1936), Dialog and lyrics Vidyapati (1937), actor Anath Ashram (1937), writer Jawani Ki Reet (1939), Dialog Badi Didi (1939), writer, actor Tumhai Jeet (1939), lyricist (film directed by Ranjit Sen). Dil Hi Toh Hai (1939) Director, lyricist Zindagi (1940), Writer Aulad (1940), director Chitralekha (1941), director Armaan (1942), director Gauri (1942), director Mumtaz Mahal (1944), director Dhanna Bhagat (1945), director Chand Chakori (1945), director Duniya Ek Sarai (1946), director Neel Kamal (1947), writer, director, producer Sohag Raat (1948), director Neki Aur Badi (1949), director, actor Bawre Nain (1950), writer, director, producer Jogan (1950), director Gunah (1953), director Chora-Chori (1954), director Rangeen Raaten (1956), producer, director, lyricist Hamari Yaad Aayegi (1961), director, lyricist Fariyad (1964), director Chitralekha (1964), director, writer Kaajal (1965), writer Children"s Film Society of India Contributions : Jaldeep (Lighthouse) (1956), writer, director Ganga Ki Lahren (1957), writer, director Bachchon Se Bate (Talking To Children) (1957), writer, director Haria (1958), writer Gulab Ka Phool (The Rose Among Flowers) (1958), writer, director 26 January (India"s Republic Day) (1959), writer, director Ekta (In Unison) (1959), writer, director Guru Bhakti (Devotion) (1959), writer Panchtantra Ki Ek Kahani (A Story From The Panchantra) (1959), writer Yatra (Journey) (1959), writer Dilli Ki Kahani (The Story of Delhi City) (1960), writer Chetak (1960), writer, director Meera Ka Chitra (Portrait of Meera) (1960), writer, director Nyaya ( Justice) (1960), Camera Mahateerth (Great Pilgrimage) (1961), writer, director Khuda Hafiz (Goodbye) (1983), writer, director, lyricist Bibliography : The One and Lonely Kidar Sharma (an anecdotal autobiography), ed. Vikram Sharma. Bluejay Books, 2002. ISBN 8187075961.
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