Like every cloud has a silver lining, Kumar’s cousin Shyam Behl was the lining he needed. Shyam wrote to him a letter saying that he had met lyricist, Rajinder Krishnan. The actor wasted no time meeting Krishnan at Famous Studios along with the letter his cousin wrote to him. Rajendra Kumar was offered odd jobs, one of them included making fair copies of the dialogues as he was fluent in Urdu for the lyricist Krishnan. Rajendra Kumar started his career as an assistant director to H.S. Rawail, with him the actor worked as assistant director in seven movies—’Patanga’ (1949), ‘Sagai’ (1951), ‘Saqi’ (1952), ‘Shagufa’ (1953), ‘Lehren’ (1953), ‘Pocketmar’ (1956) and ‘Mastana’ (1954).
(Photo: Still from the movie ‘Patanga’)