Anju Mahendroo on Sanjeev Kumar, when he believed woman loved him for money

There was a time when Sanjeev Kumar believed that women loved him for his money, said by Anju Mahendroo in an old interview with film fare

Actor Sanjeev Kumar usually had lots of women around him all the time.In an interview he said, Anju had revealed that while many tried to charm him by giving ‘dabbas’, some also fell in love with him.

However, whenever he got close with a woman, people associated with him said that she was interested in his money.


Sanjeev Kumar was born Harihar Jethalal Jariwala. He remained unmarried throughout his life.However, time and again  he was linked with many actors which also included Actress Hema Malini and Sulakshana Pandit.

While Hema married to actor Dharmendra, and Sulakshana remained unmarried.

In an old interview with Filmfare, Anju Mahendroo had also said, “Every time he got involved with a woman he was told by those close to him. ‘Arrey yaar yeh toh tere paise ke peeche hai (she’s after your money)’. This would play on his mind. I’d say, ‘Hari, are you mad or what?.Can’t you judge for yourself? This way you’ll never get married. You love the woman, even if she’s there for your money, so what?’”

Anju had further added to it, “I don’t know whether he kept falling in love, or women kept falling in love with him.But there were lots and lots of women around him all the time. He was charming, he had a wonderful smile. They tried wooing him by sending him dabbas (lunch boxes).Some women were genuinely in love with him. But he believed they were after his wealth, which was so sad because at the end of the day he had neither a home nor a wife.”

Sanjeev Kumar have starred in many films including movies like- Dastak and Khilona (1970). Anubhav (1971), Koshish and Seeta aur Geeta (1972), Anamika (1973), Aap Ki Kasam (1974). Aandhi and Sholay (1975), Pai Patni Aur Woh (1978), Biwi-O-Biwi (1981). Angoor and Namkeen (1982), among many others.

He have also won many awards including two National Film Awards for Best Actor for his performances in the movies Dastak and Koshish.

Sanjeev have acted in many other genres from romantic dramas movies to thrillers.Sanjeev died at the age of 47 after suffering a heart attack. Over ten films had featured Sanjeev Kumar were released after his death. His last movie, was Professor Ki Padosan was released in 1993.