Best known for his memorable performances in the Wes Anderson canon, Kumar Pallana has become a cult celebrity in the span of a few short years. The Cult of Kumar began with his role as Kumar the Safecracker in Anderson's first directing effort, "Bottle Rocket" (1996). Though it was his first film, Pallana has been in show business for many years. Born in 1919 in India, Pallana began his career as a juggler and magician, learning the tricks of the trade as a child from other artists. Pallana also wanted to become a singer, but his parents wouldn't allow it. His father, a businessman, wanted his son to follow in his footsteps. But as fate would have it, the family's fortunes turned for the worse, leaving his parents no choice but to accept Pallana's pursuit of his dreams.