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Birth name Surendranath
Birth 11 november 1910 (109 years)

Surendra (November 11, 1910 - 1987) was an Indian singer-actor of Hindi films. Known by his mononym, Surendra was educated in Punjab to be a lawyer by profession. He came to Bombay to become a singer on the recommendation of a Delhi distributor and his friends. He was "picked" by Mehboob Khan whom he met at Sagar Movietone, to sing and act in films as an alternative to the then Calcutta-based singer-actor, K. L. Saigal. Surendra started his career with his debut starring role in Deccan Queen (1936) directed by Mehboob Khan. He soon became a part of Sagar Movietone when his song "Birha Ki Aag Lagi More Man Mein" from the film became an "instant hit".

Referred to as "Bombay's Saigal", or "the other Saigal", Surendra formed a popular singer-acting pair with his heroine Bibbo who was one of the 'most important female star of the 1930s and 1940s', following their successful films like Manmohan (1936) and Gramaphone Singer (1938). He worked with acclaimed music directors like Anil Biswas, Khemchand Prakash, Ram Ganguly and Naushad. With composer Naushad, Surendra gave a musical success with the film Anmol Ghadi (1946). Cited as one of the "most popular films of the 1940s" with "evergreen (i.e. classic) hit" songs, it had Surendra singing the famous duet with actress-singer Noor Jehan, "Awaaz De, Kahan Hai" (Call Out To Me, Where Are You?) in rāga Pahādi.

Surendra acted in about 74 films from 1936-1977, nine of which were to be with his mentor Mehboob Khan. Stated to be an "immediate precursor" to Dilip Kumar, Surendra continued to enjoy immense popularity in the 1940s, giving way to character roles with rare singing from the 1950s onwards. His last role as a lead actor was in Ram Bhakt Vibhishan (1958), a devotional film.

Usually with

Mehboob Khan
Mehboob Khan
(8 films)
Naushad Ali
Naushad Ali
(5 films)
(5 films)
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Surendra (17 films)

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Waqt (1965)
, 3h26
Directed by Yash Chopra
Genres Drama, Crime, Romance
Actors Balraj Sahni, Achala Sachdev, Sunil Dutt, Sadhana Shivdasani, Sadhana, Raaj Kumar
Roles Mr. Khanna
Rating78% 3.936743.936743.936743.936743.93674
Lala Kedarnath Prasanta (Balraj Sahni) has three sons whose birthdays are on the same day. On the occasion of their birthday celebration, they are visited by a well-known astrologer, who advises Lala Kedarnath not to be proud for his past achievements and to not be too optimistic about the future as fate (kismat) plays a key role in life. Lala Kedarnath ignores the prediction and is busy making plans for an even wealthier future. Later that night as he is proclaiming his grand plans for the future to his wife, Laxmi (Achala Sachdev), there is a sudden earthquake and the whole town crumbles. When Lala Kedarnath regains consciousness, his house has been destroyed and his family is gone.
Dil Deke Dekho
Directed by Nasir Husain
Actors Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh, Sulochana, Rajendra Nath, Raj Mehra, Surendra
Roles Harichand
Rating70% 3.517683.517683.517683.517683.51768
Neeta is an heiress, the only daughter of U.K. based Industrialist, Jagat Narayan. She is of marriageable age, and is being wooed by Kailash, Chandra, and Raja. She prefers Chandra over Kailash and Raja, but subsequently changes her mind and falls in love with Raja. Things take a dramatic turn when Jagat and Neeta find out that Raja is not who is claims he is. When Raja defends himself, and calls himself Roop, his very own mother denies this claim, and instead states that Chandra is Roop, her only son. Raja alias Roop must now make attempts to prove himself, and realizes that this is indeed an uphill task.
Baiju the Poet
Directed by Vijay Bhatt
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films, Political films
Actors Meena Kumari, Bharat Bhushan, Surendra, Kuldip Kaur, Bipin Gupta, Manmohan Krishna Chadha
Roles Sangeet Samrat Tansen
Rating73% 3.6738953.6738953.6738953.6738953.673895
Tansen is known to be the greatest classical vocalist ever to have existed in India, and was one of the nine jewels (Navaratnas) of Emperor Akbar's court. Nobody could sing in the city unless he or she could sing better than Tansen. If this was not the case, he or she was executed. Baiju Bawra is the story of an unknown singer, Baiju, who is on a mission to defeat Tansen in a musical duel to avenge the death of his father.
Deedar (1951)
, 2h10
Directed by Nitin Bose
Genres Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Ashok Kumar, Tun tun (Uma Devi Khatri), Dilip Kumar, Nargis, Ashok Kumar, Nimmi
Roles (as Surrender)
Rating73% 3.6677853.6677853.6677853.6677853.667785
Anokhi Ada
Anokhi Ada (1948)

Directed by Mehboob Khan
Actors Surendra, Naseem Banu, Prem Adib
Rating64% 3.2308253.2308253.2308253.2308253.230825
Prakash and his older sister (Naseem Banu) live a poor life, and are unable to pay their rent. Laatsaab (Prem Adib) is from a rich family, but having left home lives as a poor homeless man. He tries to help the brother and sister get something to eat. He ventures out during curfew time and is caught by the police but is able to hand the food to the brother and sister. The sister develops a soft spot for Laat Saheb. However the neighbours insist that she be put out of her house as is having a clandestine affair with Latt Saheb. When Prakash dies due to an accident, his sister thinks of moving from their rented accommodation. Travelling by train she again meets up with Laatsaheb, who is going to see his unwell mother. During the journey he lets her know that he loves her, much to her joy. The train they are in meets with an accident and she is presumed dead. She ends up in a hospital where she meets Professor Nath (Surendra) who takes her home as she has lost her memory. He renames her Kamini and blocks any means of her regaining her memory since he's fallen in love with her, and does not want to lose her. Laatsaheb re-enters her life and tries to help her remember her past. Finally she regains her memory and goes off with Lattsaheb, leaving the Professor behind.
Anmol Ghadi, 2h2
Directed by Mehboob Khan
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Actors Suraiya, Noor Jehan, Surendra, Leela Mishra, Ghulam Mohammed
Roles Chandrabhan 'Chander'
Rating72% 3.6288753.6288753.6288753.6288753.628875
Chander and Lata were good kid friends in Jahanabad, Lata being the daughter of a rich family whereas Chander was the son of a poor, widow mother. Lata's parents didn't like Renu being friends with Chander. Renu's family gets transferred to Bombay. At the time of departure Renu gifts her watch to Chander as a memento.
Women (1940)
, 2h34
Directed by Mehboob Khan
Genres Drama
Actors Surendra, Sardar Akhtar, Yakub, Arun, Prem Nath
Roles Ramu
Rating66% 3.322263.322263.322263.322263.32226
Radha (Sardar Akhtar) is an indomitable woman, toiling away to feed her three sons and to pay off Sukhilala, the village's rapacious moneylender. When she learns that she is pregnant again, her husband, Shamu (Arun), runs far away, leaving her to fend for herself against poverty and the lecherous advances of Sukhilala. Later, the two eldest children die, leaving her with only two sons: the straight-laced Ramu (Surendra) and the wild Birju (Yakub). The latter of the two becomes a bandit, who kills Sukhilala and kidnaps his childhood sweetheart. As a result, Radha and Ramu are cast out of the village. Eventually, Radha kills Birju for dishonoring her.
Lal Haveli, 1h51
Actors Noor Jehan, Surendra, Yakub, Meena Kumari
Roles Anand
Rating64% 3.240543.240543.240543.240543.24054
The aristrocratic Thakur (Badri Prasad), lives in the Lal Haveli (Red Mansion) with his younger daughter Mukta (Noor Jehan). The Thakur's honour has taken a tragic hit when his older daughter, Lal Kunwar elopes with a common soldier. Though the house is run in the old lavish manner, there is shortage of funds, with the mansion being mortgaged to an old Rajput friend, Lacchman Singh.
Ladies Only, 2h38
Actors Sabita Devi, Surendra, Bibbo

Three girls from different regions of India, Sabita Devi (Gujarat), Bibbo (Punjab) and Prabha (Bengal) meet at a railway station. With no place to stay they decide to find accommodation together. A cook (Bhudo Advani) joins them speaking the language from each state. A young crook (Surendra) enters their life and trouble starts brewing between the girls when they all fall in love with him.
Manmohan, 2h27
Directed by Mehboob Khan
Actors Yakub, Bibbo, Surendra
Roles Ashok

Ashok (Surendra) is an artist in love with Vimala (Bibbo). On learning that she is to marry Jagdish (Yakub) he is devastated and paints her portraits which become popular. He starts drinking and finds comfort with another woman. Soon his family wealth starts dwindling. Vimala, who is married by now, tries to help him with her husband’s efforts. However Ashok misunderstands the overture leading to tragedy for him.
Deccan Queen, 2h38
Directed by Mehboob Khan
Actors Surendra
Roles Inspector Suresh

When Lala Niranjanmal dies, his two children, daughter Aruna (Aruna Devi) and son are cheated out of their inheritance by the fraudulent trustees. They incriminate Aruna in a crime for which she has to go to jail while her brother drifts away penniless and out of his mind. On release from jail, Aruna has vengeance on her mind and she becomes the fearful Deccan Queen. The police are quickly after her and police Inspector Suresh (Surendra) is put in charge to apprehend her. Vrinda (Aruna Devi) works for an Insurance company and meets Suresh. They both fall in love. It is soon realised that Vrinda and Deccan Queen resemble each other. Deccan Queen takes advantage of this. After several action scenes and the kidnapping of Vrinda by Aruna, things are sorted out when Suresh helps the Deccan Queen reveal the dishonest Trustees.
Grama Kanya, 2h17
Actors Yakub, Sabita Devi, Surendra
Roles Kumar

Kumar (Surendra ) comes to the city from his village to study in college. His father has been sanctioned a loan from the rich Dinanath (Kayam Ali) to enable Kumar to study. Dinanath gives the loan on the basis of Kumar getting married to his daughter Bansari (Sabita Devi). Kumar is in love with another girl Vilas (Aruna), and wants to marry her. Parental obligations and duty make him forgo Vilas who is pregnant and get married to Bansari. The story continues with the accidental killing of his father by Kumar, and Vilas' narrative from thereon.