Mohammed Yusuf Khan aka Dilip Kumar left us today morning for his humble abode at the age of 98, due to his age-related illness. As he left us today many stars all over the country are paying respects to him through social media and expressing how he was an institution in himself and how he helped them and will help them to act in every phase of their life.
Dilip Sahab was or, say is indeed an institution in himself when it comes to films. He started his career in 1944 with a film called Jwar Bhatta which went unnoticed. After a few more unsuccessful movies, he got his break from Jugnu(1947) in which he starred alongside Noor Jehan, which became his first major hit at the box office. His next major hits were the 1948 films, Shaheed and Mela.
He got his breakthrough role in 1949 with Mehboob Khan’s Andaz, in which he starred alongside Raj Kapoor and Nargis. Shabnam also released that year was another box office hit.
The 1950s were the breakthrough years for Kumar’s career with movies like Devdas (1955), where he established himself as the actor who can portray such a complex character with so much love and can feel the pain of the character just by reading the script of the movie. Dilip Sahab had the quality of making his audience feel the pain, laughter and love just through his acting and his eye
Talking about Dilip Sahab feels incomplete if we don’t include the iconic film of every generation, Mughal-e-Azam. This movie set the benchmark of any historical movie made in future and will be made. He has cast again the beautiful Madhubala as Prince Salim, with Prithiviraj Kapoor as his father playing Emperor Akbar. Everything about this movie was just perfect, we felt the love and pain of Salim towards Anarkali through his performance and nobody has ever touched that level of acting ever. And nobody will ever be able to touch THE DILIP KUMAR level of acting.
Even before there were three Khans of Bollywood, there was “THE FIRST KHAN” and that was Dilip Sahab. Dilip Sahab was and is an institution to the whole future generation of actors in life on how to lead in life and not only movies.
The “TRAGEDY KING” is a legacy in himself and nobody could be close to that legacy. He holds the Guinness World Record for winning the maximum number of awards by an Indian actor. He is the only actor who has received international accolades at that time when no one looking towards the Indian cinema. The Government of India honoured Dilip Sahab with India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, for his contributions to Indian cinema(2015). Elected to Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament. (2000-2006). Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1994). India’s third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, for his contributions towards Indian cinema (1991). Appointed as the Sheriff of Bombay by the Governor of Maharashtra, India for the period (1979-1982).
The government of Pakistan honoured him with its highest civilian honour, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence) (1998). Till the 2000s Kumar was the only actor to have won 8 Filmfare Best Actor Awards until his record was shared by Shahrukh Khan by the mid-2000s.
From the Independence of India to the late 2010s Kumar held the record of giving the highest number of box office grossing films(9 films) until his record was broken by Salman Khan by delivering 10 films. But when adjusted for inflation, the record remains with Kumar. His historical movie Mughal-E-Azam is the highest-grossing film (equivalent to 2000 crores in 2015) in India when adjusted for inflation.
Dilip Kumar’s death is shattering as it is the END OF AN ERA, the actor who had the capability to make his audience cry and laugh, feel love just by his eyes and expressions. And at the end, I would just like to end by saying one of his dialogues only,
“Taqdeerein badal jaati hain, zamana badal jaata hai, mulkon ki taarikh badal jaati hai, shahenshah badal jaate hain, magar iss badalti hui duniya mein mohabbat jis insaan ka daaman thaam leti hai, woh insaan nahi badalta”