“My becoming a film actor was more a twist of tale than a chosen course because I dared not to think I could ever become an actor. I couldn’t even walk up on a stage and say ‘Thank you’ when we were to receive trophies at our sports meet at college”,.. Dilip Kumar(1922 – 2021)
Bollywood icon Dilip Kumar, also known as the “Tragedy King” and was one of Hindi cinema’s greatest actors. He died on Wednesday (7th July 2021) in a Mumbai hospital after a prolonged illness.
The actor was 98 years old and is survived by his wife, veteran actor Saira Banu..
Although, he was known as the “Tragedy King“ of Hindi cinema, but he dabbled in diverse genres including comedy, romance and social dramas too and gave Hindi cinema some of its most enduring classics like Andaz, Aan, Daag, Devdas, Naya Daur, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Ram aur Shyam, Shakti and Karma.
He was conferred with notable awards like Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Pakistan’s highest civil honour).
He also won 8 Filmfare Best Actor awards in film ..Daag (1954), Devdas (1957), Naya Daur (1958), Kohinoor (1961), Leader (1965), Ram Aur Shyam (1968), Shakti (1983).
His passing away is a great loss to Indian cinema and the cultural world.
In his memoriam, Amitabh Bachchan, another legend has written,
“An institution has gone. Whenever the history of Indian cinema will be written, it will always be “before Dilip Kumar, and after Dilip Kumar”. An epic era has drawn curtains… Never to happen again.“
Talent needs no reason to be celebrated. It’s existence is reason enough.
Speaking of talent, I have read the great actor Dilip Kumar’s first autobiography ‘The Substance and The Shadow’.
As arguably India’s greatest mainstream actor Dilip Kumar, it is hard to choose a specific scene from his long career that lights up his essential genius in all its glory.
However, a particular scene from ‘Devdas’, the 1955 masterpiece by Bimal Roy is as good an example as any to illustrate his extraordinary command over different parts of the craft.
In the film, Devdas asks Chandramukhi “Kyon?” (Why?) when being advised by her to exercise restraint on his drinking, to the point where the scene finishes,
Dilip Kumar offers a master class in performance. The clarity of diction, the modulation of voice, the deliberate pacing of and emphasis on words, the economy of facial expressions and above all being immersed completely in the psyche of the character, Dilip saheb owns it all.
I remember their dialogue .. “Kaun kumbakht hai Jo bardasht karne ke liye peeta hai. Main to peeta hoon ke bas saans le sakun,” (Who drinks to tolerate/withstand? I drink so that I can breathe).
I am a Great fan of Dilip saheb, I have also read about his journey of love, which I would like to mention here..
- Kamini Kaushal
It is said Dilip Kumar’s Shaheed co-star Kamini Kaushal was his first love. They worked together in several other films like Nadiya Ke Paar, Shabnam and Arzoo and during that time, love blossomed between them.
But, Kamini was already married to her late sister’s husband after she died in a car accident. Reportedly, the renowned actress’ brother threatened Dilip Kumar to cut all ties with Kamini and move on.
In his autobiography, Dilip Kumar: The Substance and The Shadow, Dilip Saab had written that it was his break-up with Kamini that made him the tragedy king.
The legendary actor once dated yesteryear actress Madhubala . They were in a long relationship but could never tie the knot. The shared the screen space in the cult classic Mughle-E-Azam.
In his autobiography, the actor revealed that he was attracted to her and they were even engaged. They were cast together in Naya Daur, the shooting of which commenced after an advance payment was given to her.
When director B. R. Chopra wanted the unit to travel to Bhopal for the shoot, her father later refused to let her go.
This ended in a legal battle with the film maker suing her in court. Dilip Kumar testified against Madhubala and her father and they lost the case. However, she was still willing to marry him if he apologized to her father which he refused to do.
Dilip Kumar And Vyjayanthimala wowed fans with their sizzling chemistry in several movie. The worked in six movies together, including Naya Daur, Ganga Jamuna, Madhubala, Devdas, and others.
There were rumors that they dated each other but they continued to be in denial. Later Vyjayanthimala married Dr Chamanlal Bali and moved to Chennai.
- Saira Banu
The couple had an age difference of 22 years yet it did not have an impact on their evergreen love story.
Initially, Dilip Kumar Avoided even working with Saira Banu in films as he considered her too young. But he fell for her when he once visited her place for a housewarming party.
Once, Saira had confessed that she was in love with Dilip Kumar’s on- screen image since she was 12 years old.
- Asma Rehman
Dilip kumar and Saira Banu were married for 16 years when the actor secretly married a Hyderabad based divorced socialite Asma Rehman in 1981.
Then, the actor had said that he won’t leave his first wife. Although Saira Banu said that she was not prepared to be one of the two wives.
Report suggests that Dilip Kumar and Asma Rehman parted ways in 1983 when he caught her cheating on him. In his autobiography he termed their relationship as a grave mistake ..
Dilip sahab born in 1922 in Peshawar, Pakistan went on to dominate the golden age of Indian cinema from 1940 to 1960. He passed away on 7th July marking the end of an epic era. He enjoyed a career spanning more than 50 years and nearly 65 films.
From the independence of India in 1947 to the late 2010s, Dilip Saheb held the record of performing in the highest number of highest-grossing box office grossing films (9 films) until his record was broken by Salman Khan by performing in 10 films.
.However, when adjusted for inflation, the record remains with Dilip Saheb , with his historical movie Mughal-E-Azam remaining the highest-grossing film in India
Yes, the day marks the end of an era, as we lost the brightest star of Indian cinema. You will always live in our Hearts, Dilip Saheb.
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