Rakesh Kumar (Director) Wiki, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Rakesh Kumar (1941 – 2022) was an Indian filmmaker and scriptwriter. He is known for directing the famous Hindi films “Khoon Pasina,” “Mr Natwarlal,” “Yaarana,” and “Do Aur Do Paanch.” He died on 10 November 2022 after battling cancer for a long time.
Rakesh Kumar (middle) posing with some noted Bollywood actors


Rakesh Kumar was born on Saturday, 18 October 1941 (age 81 years; at the time of death) in Mumbai, India. His zodiac sign was Libra.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Colour: Salt and Pepper
Eye Colour: Black


There is not much information about his family.

Wife & Children

He was married to Usha Rakesh (Sharma). The couple has two children, a son named Lakshay Kumar and a daughter named Neha Sharma.


Rakesh Kumar worked as an assistant director in the 1973 film “Zanjeer” along with Prakash Mehra. He then directed the film “Khoon Pasina” in 1977. Thereafter, he went on to direct several superhit Hindi films such as “Dil Tujhko Diya,” “Commander,” “Kaun Jeeta Kaun Haara,” and “Suryavanshi.” Suryavanshi was his last film as a director, and in this film, he worked with Bollywood actor Salman Khan.
Rakesh Kumar (middle) during the filming of Mr Natwarlal with Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan
Rakesh Kumar was an acclaimed actor who appeared in some Bollywood films as an actor.


On 10 November 2022, he passed away at the age of 81 in Mumbai, India. He was suffering from Cancer.


  • Amitabh Bachchan posted a note on his Twitter handle soon after the death of Rakesh Kumar. Bachchan penned,
    Morose is the day .. For another colleague who has left us and me in a particular.. Rakesh Sharma, first AD to Prakash Mehra on ‘ZANJEER’ .. then the independent director for other PM (prakash mehra, as we often joked with him, as the PM of the country ) films .. and singularly – ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Khoon Pasina’, ‘Mr Natwarlal’, ‘Yaarana’, et al .. And such great camaraderie on sets, socially, during events and Holi.”
    An old picture of Amitabh Bachchan with Rakesh Kumar

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