Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, now 98, was a leading actor in Bollywood. Early Indian film industry pulled its acting traditions from the stage, and gestures and movements inspired by drama and dance were translated into loud, theatrical performances during the film era.
Deliberately opposed to this tide, the young Kumar studied the work of his idols Ingrid Bergman and James Stewart, who developed a practice that was natural, meditative, and modest in nature, and in which he Suitable for bad characters.
It was Kumar’s 1950s films that established him as one of the “King of Tragedy” in Bollywood, with an unrequited love as a recurring theme. In Devdas (1955), his character’s childhood sweetheart marries someone else, and he turns to drinking and eventually dies of tuberculosis on his doorstep. Bollywood screenwriter Kamlesh Pandey wrote, “Dilip Kumar made unconditional love and sacrifice fashionable for an entire generation. Heartbroken and healthy young men prayed for TB.”
In Madhumati (1958), her lover died and returned like a ghost. And in the film he is best remembered for the Mughal emperor (1960), he played Prince Saleem, the son of the Mughal emperor Akbar, whose court-dancing girl Anarkali fell in love with his father and son. Led to war One of Bollywood’s highest grossing films, it was released in full color in 2004.
Immersed in his roles, Kumar learned to play the sitar to do justice to the classical anthem in the movie Kohinoor (1960), and stayed up all night during the shooting of Devdas to play his finished, non-demonic character. Get ready next day. For filmmaker Satyajit Ray, Kumar was the “last resort”. In fact, this profound method was so severe that he became depressed after presenting a picture of tragic characters, and a psychologist advised him to play such lesser roles. However, he appeared in some light-hearted films, such as Freedom (1955), which showed his selflessness and perseverance.
By Bollywood standards, Kumar was not useful, having acted in only 60 or so films in half a century. Yet it has influenced successive generations of Bollywood actors. Decades later superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, both admitted to Kumar’s influence, Khan starred in various remakes of Dilip Kumar, including Devdas.
Born in Peshawar (now in Pakistan), Muhammad Yusuf Khan, originally named Dilip, was one of the 12 children of Lala Ghulam Sarwar, a fruit trader in the orchards, and his wife, Ayesha Begum. Was The family lived in the Qissa Khawani Bazaar area of the city, and as a boy, Khan was among those who gathered to tell the local story. Later in life he would say that it was there that he learned the art of storytelling.
The family moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) when Kumar’s father set up his own fruit business in Crawford Market, then moved to Nasik, northeast of the city. Khan attended Barnes School in Diwali, then started helping with his business with the help of his father, while also running a British Army Club canteen in Pune.
Meeting actor Devika Rani changed his fortunes. Her husband, Himanshu Rai, was the founder of Bombay Talkies Studios, and offered Khan an acting job. Rani suggested that she choose a new name, and Bombay Talkies released her first film as Dilip Kumar, Jowar Bhata (1944).
It was not a success. Film India critic Baburao Patel writes that the new hero of Bombay Talkies was an “anemic surge” who needed a long treatment of “lots of vitamins and proteins” before being endangered with a picture. Attempt is illegal “
But it was the criticism that persuaded Kumar to play his part. For the tragic romantic lover he portrayed in Jagnu (1947) and the anti-British nationalist he played in Shaheed (1948), he studied the scripts and his own characters in depth so that he could read more. Rich, nice picture. With Andaz (1949) that he came into his own, which brought complexity and sensitivity to a story about love and friendship.
After his successes in the fifties, Kumar’s career continued to improve over the next two decades. He is said to have declined the role of Sheriff Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), which went to Omar Sharif, but returned to the screen in the Revolution (1981) after a gap of five years in the 1970s. , Which is a story of India. 19th century struggle for independence against the British. The following year, he starred in a police movie Shakti with Bachchan.
His last major breakthrough came in Saudagar (1991), which told the story of Romeo and Juliet. In his last film, Qila (1998), he played a double role as the victim and instead of his twin brother.
From 2000 to his retirement in 2006, Kumar sat in the upper house of the Indian Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, as a member of the Congress Party for Maharashtra. His autobiography, The Substance and Shadow, was published in 2014, and he was awarded two national decorations, the Padma Bhushan (1991) and the Padma Bhushan (2015), as well as the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1994) for his contribution to India. ۔ the cinema. In 1998, he also received the distinction from Pakistan.
In 1966, Kumar married actor Saira Bano. An extra marriage with actor Asma Rehman in 1980 did not last long and she returned to Saira. She escaped.
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