Today, July 7, 2021, the film industry is deeply saddened by the disappearance of the acting emperor Dilip Kumar at the age of 98. With his death, the last star of the celebrated Dilip Kumar-Devanand-Raj Kapoor trio of the 1950s and 1960s also merged into Anant. As soon as Dilip Kumar’s name comes out, a wonderfully talented idol comes to the fore. He was called the first king of tragedy and acting emperor of Hindi cinema. All the producers used to come and go to sign him for an exorbitant amount. But Dilip would say yes to those who have a large liver and at the same time are wise and meditative. Dileep believed in perfection. Keep repeating on repeat many times. But the result is a waste of valuable stock R. That’s why the movie with him was very expensive. Once he gave thirty-six repetitions. But when it was checked, he said: Mian, the first shot was better. It was difficult for a producer with a big heart-kidney to repeat Dileep. But BR Chopra had a big heart. He cast her on ‘Dastaan’ and then on ‘Mazdoor’ after ‘Naya Daur’. Although the gap in the middle was long.
Dilip Kumar was rich in unmatched talent and a perfectionist in the real sense.
Ramesh Sippy and Subhash Ghai became young after watching their movies. Ramesh fulfilled his wish in ‘Shakti’. It also had Amitabh Bachchan. What matters is the face-to-face performance of two great artists, ‘Shakti’ is an example of this even today. Subhash Ghai, with a bright heart, was such a fan of Dileep that he made three movies with him, Vidhata, Karma, and Saudagar. Sanjeev Kumar faced Dileep in ‘Vidhata’, Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff were in ‘Karma’.
Naseeruddin Shah was brought in at Dileep’s urging. In fact, a few days ago, Naseer had given an interview that does not consider Dileep a great artist. But after this movie the statement changed. In this, Dara Singh’s wish to work with him was also fulfilled. In ‘Saudagar’, he faced Dileep with soccer-sized ego Jani Rajkumar. Rajkumar made ‘pagam’ with her in the initial phase. Rajkumar considered only Dileep to be a greater artist than himself.
Successful films are few in Dilip Kumar’s bag. But they were not rejected on this basis. It was a pleasure and an achievement for all the actors to see him perform and work with him. Most critics also opine that no actor greater than him appeared on the Indian screen. Despite that, he did not learn to act in any school, but it is an acting university in itself. Amitabh Bachchan calls him the best actor.
Satyajit Ray had said: Dilip Kumar is a recognized actor without equal. The famous film critic and writer Ali Peter John once said: I have met many actors. The influence of some lasted all day and some continued to dent the brain for months. But when he met Dilip Kumar, his influence lingered on his mind for years. He is not an actor to be easily forgotten. In Vidhata’s review, many gossip-type critics wrote that Sanjeev Kumar washed Dilip Kumar.
Ali Peter John told an anecdote about this. When a chamcha-type critic praised Sanjeev Kumar comparing him to Dilip Kumar, Sanjeev lost his cool and slapped that critic: Sanjeev Kumar would keep coming, but from the top position there is Dilip Kumar. No one can remove them. He received the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for a record eight times. He was nominated 19 times for Best Actor.
Filmfare honored itself by awarding him the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. The Government of India gave it to Padma Bhushan in 1991. Also nominated by Rajya Sabha. The highest award in the film industry was awarded to Dadasaheb Phalke in 1994. He was Sheriff of Bombay in 1980. This position is equivalent to that of mayor. It has been said in the Guinness Book of Records that he is the only Indian actor who has been honored with the most awards.
In 1997, the Government of Pakistan awarded him the Nishan-e-Imtiaz Prize for bringing the people of India-Pakistan together and taking peace initiatives. On this, there was a great clamor from the Shiv Sena and his counterpart parties that Dilip Kumar should return this award in view of the Kargil war. On this, Dilip Kumar said that he has this award in the service of peace, it has nothing to do with war. In those days there was a BJP government in the Center. Many ministers were not happy. But then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee supported Dilip Kumar; This award is for your achievement.
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