Dilip Kumar, one of Bollywood's most accomplished and respected film stars died on Wednesday (July 7) aged 98. He was a titan in Indian cinema with his career spanning more than 50 years across 60 films that left indelible marks on the industry.
Dilip Kumar is one of India's most accomplished and respected film stars. He died on July 7th, 2018 at the age of 98. Dilip was a part of Indian cinema for over 50 years before he passed away in his sleep due to natural causes according to news outlets.
This man will deeply be missed by many people throughout Bollywood as well as politics because they admired him so much that they gave tributes across different industries with their words and actions following this time without diluting them whatsoever!
Even though he had turned down the chance to be in Lawrence of Arabia, when David Lean was casting for his next film Doctor Zhivago with Omar Sharif, he still recommended that they have an audition.
Nicknamed "The Tragedy King" because of his brooding good looks and deep voice, Indian actor Dilip Kumar's first movie role came on a whim after visiting Bombay as part of a tour.
Kumar was born Mohammed Yusuf Khan on Dec 11, 1922, in Peshawar, Pakistan. His father ran a fruit business and when he took his family to India's entertainment capital of Bombay (Mumbai), Devika Rani spotted him hawking fruits at the corner of her film studio. The rest is history!
Kumar was born Mohammed Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922, in Peshawar, India. His father ran a fruit stall and the family moved to Bombay when Kumar was just six years old where he would eventually find his calling as an actor with Devika Rani spotting him at the fruit stand. He became one of Bollywood's leading actors for years before making international films like Gandhi that took home 8 Oscars including Best Picture.
The name change was undoubted proof of Rani's thoughtfulness. Jwar Bhata flopped, and leading film magazines criticized his performance; but Kumar never gave up on himself, eventually breaking through with the 1946 film Milan.
Rani persuaded him to change his name, so he chose Dilip Kumar. He allowed himself to hide what he was doing from the disapproving father by choosing a new identity after Jwar Bhata flopped and leading film magazines criticized his performance in it at first. However, one day eventually came when Kumar broke through with Milan which made all of that work worth it!
It's hard to believe that the movie, Mughal-E-Azam was released in 1960 and it is still being enjoyed by people all over India. The film starred Dilip Kumar as Prince Salim who falls madly in love with a courtesan named Anarkali played beautifully by Madhubala.
The production took eight years because of its lavish costumes and sets which led to an outstanding final product for viewers around the world. With their incredible acting skills, they were able to accomplish what many actors cannot - captivating audiences without any dialogue!
Kumar, who cited Hollywood greats Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper, and Spencer Tracy as influences in his youth has since become a nationalistic Leader with an acclaimed 1964 film that screened against recent wars.
He saw fewer roles in the 1970s when he was overshadowed by younger actors such as Amitabh Bachchan
After a string of flops, he took an extended five-year break from the industry. When he returned in 1981 with Kranti (Revolution), it was apparent that his hiatus had done him well and after Shakti came out shortly thereafter starring Bachchan as well, there were no signs that this would change anytime soon.
He even took a five-year break after his string of flops, returning in 1981 with the hit Kranti (Revolution) and then following up with another success.
After the bad reception of his films, Kumar went on to take up a more active role in politics and work with ending feuds between India and Pakistan. In 1998 he even received an award for improving relationships from one country that has had strained relations with him-Pakistan! Some Hindu nationalists were unhappy about this but he continued to act as a politician for Congress Party until 2002 when they made him their leader. After years of neglect at home due to Islamist militancy, Peshawar is trying its best now by making efforts to restore buildings such as ancestral homes belonging not only to celebrities like Anupam Kher (himself) but also to other actors who have been living around there all these decades too."
Unlike many actors who appeared in hundreds of films, the versatile Kumar carefully selected roles which by Indian standards only increased his stature in the fiercely competitive industry.
One such role was a lifetime achievement award at India's National Film Awards due to his contribution to Indian cinema and culture.
Dilip Kumar, the legendary actor of Indian cinema from Lahore who was born 85 years ago today, spoke about his life in an interview to celebrate.
“Honestly I am still baffled at my success," he said. "I came into this world as a shy man called Yusuf Khan and became Dilip Kumar."
Bollywood legend, Kumar passed away at the age of 95. His death was announced on Twitter by family friend Faisal Farooqui who called him a cinematic legend and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked that he left behind "an unending legacy" in film history."
The passing away of the actor has had a lot to say about him from his colleagues in Hollywood and India. They all have said that he was someone who would be greatly missed, an institution for those with talent, as well as one of their favorite stars ever.
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