Dilip Kumar: The Bollywood's Tragedy King

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7th July, 2021 03:43:48 PM printer

Dilip Kumar: The Bollywood's Tragedy King


Bollywood legendary actor Dilip Kumar, who passed away on Wednesday in Mumbai at the age of 98, was always the benchmark.

For the record, Dilip Kumar quit acting in 1998. That was the year Yusuf saab -- as he was widely known to friends and fans alike -- last faced the camera for Umesh Mehra's "Qila". His debut film was "Jwar Bhata" (1944).

Other notable films name are "Milan " (1946) and "Jugnu" (1947). By 1948, only four years into the industry, Dilip Kumar was a busy star. He had as many as five releases that year -- "Ghar Ki Izzat", "Shaheed", "Mela", "Anokha Pyar" and "Nadiya Ke Paar".

Dilip Kumar was one of Bollywood's exciting new sensations along with two others -- Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand. Dilip Kumar would collaborate with Raj Kapoor, incidentally said to be his childhood friend from Peshawar, on Mehboob Khan's 1949 love triangle "Andaz" that co-starred the inimitable Nargis. The film was a superhit upon release.

That was just the start of a dream run. The fifties saw him deliver innumerable superhits including "Jogan" and Babul (1950), "Tarana" and "Deedar" (1951), "Aan" (1952), "Footpath" (1953), "Amar" and "Daag" (1954). "Devdas", "Azaad" and Uran Khatola" followed in 1955, "Musafir" and "Naya Daur" released in 1957. Dilip Kumar ended the decade with "Paigham" in 1959.

The decade started with K. Asif' s epic "Mughal-e-Azam" for Dilip Kumar, after the successful "Kohinoor" the same year. The film became the highest grossing Hindi film of all time upon release.

The advent of Rajesh Khanna' brand of romance in the late sixties, and Amitabh Bachchan' Angry Young Man in the mid-seventies, changed Bollywood trends. 

He would come back, of course, in Manoj Kumar's 1981 release 'Kranti'. He was notably seen in the Subhash Ghai multistarrers "Vidhaata" (1982) and "Karma" (1986) as well as "Saudagar" in 1991.

With IANS inputs