Actor Film director

Manmohan Krishna

Quick Facts

IntroIndian film actor and director
Was Actor
Film director
From India
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Birth 26 February 1922, Lahore, Pakistan
Death 3 November 1990, Mumbai, India
(aged 68 years)
Star signPisces
Filmfare Awards 


Manmohan Krishna (11 August 1921 – 3 November 1990), often credited as Manmohan, was a popular Indian film actor and director, who worked in Hindi films for four decades, mostly as a character actor. He started his career as a professor in Physics and held master’s degree in physics. He anchored radio the show Cadbury’s Phulwari, a singing contest. Many people don’t know that Manmohan Krishna sang his first song, ‘Jhat khol de’ in Afsar (1950), a Dev Anand film with music by S.D. Burman.

He was a favourite with the Chopra brothers and played small or large roles in movies directed and/or produced by them. Deewar, Trishul, Daag, Humraz, Joshila, Kanoon, Kala Patthar, Dhool Ka Phool, Waqt and Naya Daur are some examples.

He worked in nearly 250 films, notably Naya Daur (1957), Khandan ( 1965), Sadhana (1958), Waqt (1965) and Hamraaz (1967). He won acclaim for his work in Bees Saal Baad (1962) and won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Abdul Rasheed in Dhool Ka Phool (1960), where the song epitomizing Nehruvian secularism, Tu Hindu banega na Musalman banega, insaan ki aulaad hai, insaan banega was picturised on him. Beside these, he also acted in 12 Punjabi films, played a pivotal role in K. A. Abbas’s Shehar Aur Sapna (1963), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film, and acted in the first Indo-Soviet co-production Pardesi (1957), which was nominated for the Golden Palm at 1958 Cannes Film Festival.

Later in his career he directed the hit film for Yash Raj Films, Noorie (1980), for which he was also nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Director.

He died at Lokmanya Tilak Hospital, Mumbai at the age of 68 in 1990.

Selected filmography

Films as actor
1949Apna Desh
1952Baiju BawraShanker Anand
1957Naya DaurJumman dada
1958SadhnaLallu Bhai
1960AngulimaalAhinsak’s father (Raj Purohit)
1961DharmputraAmrit Rai
1962Bees Saal BaadRamlal /Radheshyam
1962JhoolaHead Constable Sundarlal
1963Dil Ek MandirPhilip
1963Shehar Aur Sapna
1963SehraChief Tailab
1966Chaddian Di DoliFatherPunjabi film
1967HamraazMr. Verma
1967NaunihalUstad Mansharam
1968IzzatFather Abhrahim
1970PushpanjaliMaharaj, the cook
1972Raampur Ka LakshmanKedarnath Bhargav
1975DeewaarDCP Narang
1976MehboobaBandhe Ali Khan
1979Kaala PattharDhaba Owner
1980NoorieSaiji (Storyteller)Director of the film
1981Khoon Ki Takkar