Celebrating the Tragedy King of Bollywood
98th beginning anniversary of actor Dilip Kumar
Legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar, turns 98 at the moment. Often called the ‘tragedy king’ of Hindi cinema, Kumar himself is a ‘walking-talking movie faculty’, based on many within the trade.
“In Bollywood, you can’t turn into a star in case you don’t have a little bit of Dilip Kumar in you,” says filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, in an interview on a chat present.
“From Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan right down to Aamir Khan, Govinda and Shah Rukh Khan, Kumar’s affect might be felt in each era of stars who got here after him,” he provides.
Along with his seems, performing abilities, dialogue-delivery, he’s not solely idolised in India, but in addition the world over. Be it Devdas (1955), Madhumati (1958), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Kranti (1981) or Shakti (1982), he left audiences spellbound. Whereas actors Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan describe him one of many “biggest actors ever”, the late Satyajit Ray had described him as “the last word methodology actor”.
A recipient of the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan (India’s third and second highest civilian honours respectively) and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Kumar was born as Mohammed Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922, in Peshawar, to a Pashtun household that traded in dry fruits. Hindi author Bhagwati Charan Varma gave him the display screen identify Dilip Kumar, which he used professionally afterward.
Round 1940, Kumar left dwelling for Pune the place he began his profession as a canteen proprietor and a dry fruit provider. In 1943, actress Devika Rani, and her husband Himanshu Rai, who owned Bombay Talkies noticed Dilip Kumar in Aundh navy canteens in Pune and forged him with a lead function of their movie Jwar Bhata (1944), which marked Dilip Kumar’s entry into the Bollywood movie trade.
After remaining unnoticed in his few preliminary movies, he acquired his breakthrough function in 1949 with Mehboob Khan’s Andaz, during which he starred alongside Raj Kapoor and Nargis. Shabnam additionally launched in the identical 12 months and was one other field workplace hit.
He went on to seem in lots of hit movies together with Deedar (1951), Devdas, Yahudi (1958) and Madhumati. These movies established his display screen picture because the ‘Tragedy King’. The trio of actors Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar, had turn into the system for any profitable movie, be it comedy or tragedy, within the mid-90s.
In between, his steady tragic roles gave a excessive handedness to his characters from which he consciously tried to interrupt free. He started to just accept extra light-hearted movies and excelled at it. His versatility is seen in movies like Ganga Jamuna (1961) and the comedy Ram Aur Shyam (1967), two of the perfect roles of his profession, whereby he performs a double function.
In 1960, he portrayed Prince Salim within the historic movie Mughal-e-Azam, which was one of many highest-grosser in Hindi movie historical past. The next 12 months he produced and starred in Ganga Jamuna during which he and his brother Nasir Khan performed the title roles. This was additionally the one movie he produced.
In 1981, he returned with the multi-starrer Kranti which was the largest hit of the 12 months. He went onto play character roles in hit movies together with Shakti (1982), Vidhaata (1982), Mashaal (1984) and Karma (1986). In 1991, he starred alongside veteran actor Raj Kumar in Saudagar, which was his final profitable movie. Dilip Kumar married actress Saira Banu within the 12 months 1966.
In a profession spanning over 5 a long time, the veteran actor labored in over 65 movies and together with his fantastic performances, has discovered a spot on the planet of Hindi movies that few might vie for, although he retains that his past love was by no means cinema however soccer.