Sanjeev Kumar was born into a family of Gujaratis. After he tried first in the theater and a drama school attended, he made his first film appearance in 1960. The early films of his career are all of low quality. It was not until 1968 in Sanghash with Dilip Kumar his talent was noticed and he got leading roles alongside stars like Nutan and Waheeda Rehman. With award-winning films Khilona and Dastak, both in 1970, he came to stardom. Also next Tanuja in Anubhav (1971 ) presented Kumar his above-average acting skills. In classic Sholay Thakur Baldev Singh, he played alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra.
In the 1980s, he performed with his roles in Vidhaata (1982) and Hero (1983 ), both from Subhash Ghai, again great performances. Sanjeev Kumar died unmarried of heart failure. He played in more than 100 films and received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 1975 and 1976.