Bishwa Nath Singh:
Does one recollect as whom the famous actress of yester years Devika Rani , the former Proprietor of the famous studio Bombay Talkies had initiated in 1940 to the cine world who later became one of the Bollywoodd’s living legend eaening title of the Tragedy King who had honor to be awarded the highest cinema award in India and also the highest civilian award from Pakista besides many film fare awards? He was none else than Yusuf Khan who was re-christened Dilip Kumar. It would be nice if we have glimpse of his life-history in brief.. Let us pay our floral tribute to him and wish him all the best!
(Photo of Dilip Kumar & his spouse Saira Bano)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
One of the greatest actors ever to grace the cine world, Dilip Kumar was a name worth remembering with in the Hindi cine world most prominently in between the period of 1950 to 1960. His unique style of acting has inspired many Hollywood... and bollywood actors very hopefully but none have matched his natural acting - one and only style. Dilip Kumar alias Yusuf Khan was born in Peshawar (now Pakistan)on December 11,1922 in a Pathan Family of twelve children of his Parents.. His father who was a fruit merchant later moved to Mumbai in Maharashtra and set up business of his own there. A small misunderstanding with his father made young Yusuf run away from his Bombay house to Pune. There he started to work in a British Army canteen and later having saved some amount, set up his own fruit stall. As far as his interest in art goes, even from a young age, he was very fond of gazals . He was himself a good singer and sitar player never knowing that later, he was to render his voice in a film produced by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. In the 1940, he was initiated gracefully to the cine world by the leading actress of those days Devika Rani, who was also the proprietor of the famous studio Bombay Talkies. Yusuf who was re-christened Dilip Kumar by a famed Hindi novelist made his debut in their film 'Jwar Bhatta' in 1944. He became successful as a hero opposite singing actress Noorjehan in the film 'Jugnu' (1947)..next came 'Mela' (1948) in which he played the doomed lover and then Mahboob Khan's 'Andaz' (1949) a love triangle opposite superstars Nargis and Raj Kapoor which became a big hit and elevated him to a super star level. The next three years saw him in tragic roles very similar to his role in Mela in films like Babul (1950), Arzoo (1950), Jogan(1950), Deedar(1951), Udan Khatola (1955) and Bimal Roy's super hit Devdas. The release of a number of tragic films earned him the title of the 'Tragedy King' initially. With his naturalistic emoting conveyed through changing expressions and a well modulated voice he gave a new meaning to Hindi films and became a role model to young aspirants as well as established ones...He was acclaimed as the best actor suited for tragedy role. During the period 1950 to 1960,he was seen in his prime time along with Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand and earned him Film fare awards for best actor for Daag in 1954 and consecutively for Azad in 1955, Devdas in 1956, Naya Daur in1957 etc. His other successful film during this time were Mughal- e- Azam in 1960 and Madhumati& Ganga Jamuna in 1961 which had witnessed one of the best performances in his career and Ram aur Shyam in 1967 In between, his continuous tragic roles gave a high handedness to his characters that he consciously tried to break free of his image and began to accept more light comedy films in which also he had excelled. His versatility shown through in films like Ganga Jamuna and the comedy Ram Aur Shyam, two of the best roles in his career, where in the “Ram & Shyam” playing a double role ,his brilliance was displayed. At the age of forty four, he was married to the lovely young star Saira Bano.in year 1966 when she was twenty two. He created quite a sensation in those days by marrying her, an actress half of his age. Much later he created quite a similar stir by getting married a second time to Asma while still very much married to Saira. But his second marriage was a short lived one. After Ram Aur Shyam, his career suffered a drawback in the 1970 No other film clicked at the box office and Dilip reduced work to one or two films at a time. By the end of 1970, he took a complete break from films for some years. He became involved in various other interests like literature, theatre and comparative religions. But he made a triumphant return to Hindi cinema in the 1980s when Amitabh dominated the scene, with meaty roles in two big hits, Manoj Kumar's 'Kranti' in 1981 and Ramesh Sippy's 'Shakti' in 1982 in which Dilip Kumar had earned him yet another Filmfare award. Then came Subhash Ghai's Vidhaata, Karma and then Saudagar as late as in 1991which were equally successful. This legendary personality had honor to receive many awards throughout his career, including eight Filmfare Award for Best Actor awards and nineteen nominations. He was honored with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. The Government of India had honored him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 - the highest award for cinematic excellence in India. In 1980, he was appointed Sheriff of Mumbai, an honorary position. In 1991, he was awarded Padma Bhushanithe civilian award from the Government of India. In 1997, Kumar was awarded, Nishan-e-Pakistan, Pakistan's highest civilian award. He had received the NTR National Award in 1997. He was also awarded CNN-IBN Indian of the Year - Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. In a career spanning over five decades ,Dilip Kumar with his fine performances has found a place in the world of Hindi films that few could still feel envious of him, though he claims that his first love was never cinema but soccer.. He is one of Bollywood's living legends, he earned the title "Tragedy King" after films such as Devdas and Madhumati. He is recipient of the highest cinema award of India and also the highest civilian award from Pakistan. The aging actor now leads a retired life but he continues to be guiding force to newentrants as his charisma is still widely cherished. Let us join all to pay our floral tribute to him and wish him all the best and good health to him & his loving spouse Saira Bano.!
Shatrughna Singh :
Dilip Kumar ke bare me jitna bhi kaha ya likha jaye, kam hoga. Unake jaise actor kam hi janam lete hain.