Vijay Arora

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Vijay Arora

Indian film actor
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Vijay Arora at the Indo China Border
Born(1944-12-27)27 December 1944
Died2 February 2007(2007-02-02) (aged 62)
Spouse(s)Dilber Debara
ChildrenFarhad Vijay Arora

Vijay Arora (27 December 1944 – 2 February 2007) was an Indian actor in Hindi films and television serials, most famous for his roles in Yaadon Ki Baaraat and as Indrajit in the television serial Ramayan.[1]

Career[edit | edit source]

Arora won a gold medal when he graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India in 1971. He made his debut with another newcomer Reena Roy in Zaroorat (1972). He starred with Asha Parekh in Rakhi Aur Hathkadi (1973) where the song Achchi Nahi Sanam Dillagi became popular among music lovers. He shot to stardom with the guitar-strumming Zeenat Aman in Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), featuring the romantic song, "Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo". Two powerful actresses, Jaya Bhaduri and Waheeda Rehman, played his wife and mother-in-law in Phagun (1973).

He starred with Shabana Azmi in Kadambari (1975); with Tanuja in Insaaf (1973); with Parveen Babi in 36 Ghante (1974); and with Moushumi Chatterjee in Natak (1975). Filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee gave him the lead role in the film Sabse Bada Sukh (1973).He went on to star in hit films like Ek Mutthi Aasmaan opposite Radha Saluja and in Satyan Bose's directorial venture Mere Bhaiya.

He played supporting roles regularly in films with Rajesh Khanna in lead role include Roti, Nishaan, Souten, Anurag and Awam. He played the lead role in Jeevan Jyoti (1976), opposite Bindiya Goswami, which was a surprise hit of the year. He played supporting roles in Sargam (1979), Bade Dil Wala (1983), Jaan Tere Naam (1991) and Indian Babu (2003), where his characters were peripheral to the story line.

In 1987, Arora again found success on the small screen with his role as Meghnad Indrajit in the serial Ramayan, directed by Ramanand Sagar. He also appeared in the series Bharat Ek Khoj, directed by Shyam Benegal as Prince Salim/Emperor Jahangir. He also played various characters in Ramanand Sagar's successful serial Vikram Aur Betal.

In 2001, he was seen in two serials, Lakeerein and Talaash, and Ketan Mehta's Pradhan Mantri. He acted in Jaana Na Dil Se Door, directed by Vijay Anand. Arora appeared in Gujarati cinema in films like Raja Harish Chandra, with Madhuri Dixit. He had acted in several Hindi and Gujarati plays.[2] He did over 110 films and over 500 broadcast television serial episodes.

Other activities[edit | edit source]

Besides acting, Arora also set up his own software house which produced ad films and corporate films. His serial for children, Ek Tara Bole, was an award winner. He was the first in India to make ads and documentary films on using ISO 9000 standards. He did events for the Gem and Jewellery Council of India and was promoter of several imported products like acupuncture massagers and non electric industrial ventilators. He manufactured playing cards for various Indian corporations and sourced them to Warner Brothers for the movie Superman. He enjoyed helping students develop the skill and art of acting and was heavily into yoga, health and fitness. Vijay Arora died of stomach cancer on 2 February 2007.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film
1972 Zaroorat
1972 Rakhi Aur Hathkadi
1972 Sabse Bada Sukh
1972 Mere Bhaiya
1973 Yaadon Ki Baaraat
1973 Phagun
1973 Ek Mutthi Aasmaan
1973 Insaaf
1974 36 Ghante
1974 Roti
1975 Naatak
1976 Jeevan Jyoti
1977 Anand Mahal
1978 Safed Haathi
1978 Dil Aur Deewaar
1979 Sargam
1979 Dikri Ane Gai Dore Tiva Jaye (Gujarati)
1979 Gautam Govinda
1979 Nagin Aur Suhagin
1980 Zakhmon Ke Nishan
1981 Jiyo To Aise Jiyo
1981 Sannata
1981 Meri Aawaz Suno
1981 Lekh Na Mathe Mekh (Gujarati)
1982 Dulha Bikta Hai
1982 Sati Aur Bhagwan
1982 Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya
1983 Nishaan
1983 Souten
1984 Bade Dilwala
1985 Saaheb
1986 Amma
1986 Avinash
1987 Awam
1987 Daku Hasina
1988 Sagar Sangam
1988 Veerana
1988 Kartoot
1989 Purani Haveli
1989 Dost Garibon Ka
1990 Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri
1991 Aakhri Cheekh
1991 100 Days
1992 Jaan Tere Naam
1992 Vishwatma
1992 Netraheen Sakshi
1993 Geetanjali
2003 Indian Babu

Television[edit | edit source]

Year Show Role Channel Reference
1986 Vikram aur Betaal Various Roles as per story DD National
1987 Ramayan Indrajit
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj Jahangir Episodes 32,33 Akbar,episode 34 Golden Hind
1993-2001 Zee Horror Show Taveez episode 1993

3 Episodes

Zee Tv

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Vijay Arora with wife Dilber and son Farhad.
Vijay Arora with son Farhad in a Maserati configured by themselves.

Arora was married to ex-model and Miss India, Dilber Debara. They have a son called Farhad Vijay Arora who was a promoter for Ferrari and Maserati cars in India and is now producing films and directing music videos and ads.[3] Arora died on 2 February 2007 at his residence, due to a stomach ailment.[4]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

The episode of Ramayana which was telecasted on DD National on 16 April 2020 showed the Megnath vadh by Laxman. The character of Meghnath was portrayed by Vijay Arora and of Laxman by Sunil Lehari. DD National said on 16 April 2020 the show created world record, 77 million people watched the show in 1 day and beat the record set by the famous American TV show Game of Thrones.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2007. Retrieved 10 December 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 June 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2006.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Yaadon ki Baraat star no more". The Times of India. PTI. 2 February 2007. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013.

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