RIP Dilip Kumar: From Mughal-E-Azam to Devdas, top 5 films that will remain timeless
Dilip Kumar passed away today at the age of 98. Here's a look back at some of his iconic films.
On Wednesday morning, legendary actor Dilip Kumar passed away at the age of 98 at Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai. He is survived by his wife and veteran actor Saira Banu.
Dilip Kumar’s family friend Faisal Farooqui confirmed the news of his death on the actor’s official Twitter account. “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, a few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return,” the tweet read.
In a career spanning over five decades, Kumar worked in over 65 films. The late actor holds the record for most wins for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor and was also the inaugural recipient of the award. Kumar debuted as an actor in the film ‘Jwar Bhata’ (1944), produced by Bombay Talkies. Here’s a look back at some of his unforgettable movies that will continue to remain timeless.
Dilip Kumar’s best films in Bollywood:
Mughal-e-Azam is a 1960 Indian epic historical drama film directed by K. Asif and produced by Shapoorji Pallonji. Starring Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala, Durga Khote, and Dilip Kumar. It follows the love affair between Mughal Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar) and Anarkali (Madhubala), a court dancer. It broke box office records in India and became the highest-grossing Indian film of all time, a distinction it held for 15 years.
Devdas is directed by Bimal Roy, based on the Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novel Devdas. The film had Dilip Kumar who played the role of Devdas Mukherjee, a young man from a wealthy Bengali Brahmin family in India in the early 1900s. The film was also noted for its cinematography and lighting under Kamal Bose, which enhanced the emotional torment of the tight-lipped protagonist played by Dilip Kumar.
Gunga Jamuna is a 1961 Indian crime drama film, written and produced by Dilip Kumar, and directed by Nitin Bose, with dialogues written by Wajahat Mirza. It tells the story of two impoverished brothers, Ganga and Jamna (Dilip Kumar and Nasir Khan), and their poignancy and sibling rivalry on opposing sides of the law, one a dacoit criminal and the other a police officer.
Ram Aur Shyam:
Ram Aur Shyam is a 1967 Indian comedy-drama film directed by Tapi Chanakya. It stars Dilip Kumar in a double role as twins separated at birth, alongside Waheeda Rehman, Mumtaz, Nirupa Roy, and Pran. It proved to be a blockbuster at the box office and was one of 1967’s highest-grossing Indian films.
Madhumati is a paranormal romance film directed and produced by Bimal Roy, and written by Ritwik Ghatak and Rajinder Singh Bedi. The plot focuses on Anand (Dilip Kumar), a modern man who falls in love with a tribal woman named Madhumati. They are unable to have a relationship during their lifetimes and are reincarnated.