The name Dilip Kumar has become synonymous with incredible acting. In fact he is the first of Indian actors who can be termed as the ‘Marlon Brando’ of Bollywood. He has not just redefined the craft of performance in Hindi cinema but has given an impetus to Hindia Cinema in the international arena.
The legendary actor who is recovering from pneumonia in Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital is likely to be discharged on Thursday December 11, which incidentally is the thespian’s 92 birthday.
“The thespian is hale and healthy,” said, Udaya Tara Nayar, Ex editor of Screen and a close friend of Dilip Kumar, who has also compiled Dilip Kumar’s autobiography titled The Substance and the Shadow. "I met him and he is fine now. He will be discharged by Thursday afternoon. He should be back home by 1 p.m. or 2 p.m," said Nayar. "As far his birthday plans are concerned, it will be a quiet celebration only with his close friends,” she quipped.
Raaga.Com wishes the great actor a health life and enlightens readers how he has inspired generations of actors through his mesmerizing performances.
The highlight of Dilip Kumar’s credential as an actor is his versatility as an actor who loved to experiment with different roles. Thus if he could convey the pathos of a tragic lover in DEVDAS (1955) convincing, he could generate humor playing the dual role in RAM AUR SHYAM (1967). Similarly while he was adept in romantic roles like MUGHAL-E-AZAM (1960) he proved he could even play anti hero in ANDAAZ (1949), which by many is regarded as a risk he took, when he was riding smoothly as hero. Later in GANGA JUMUNA when he played a hard core dacoit, even his hardened critics were taken by surprise.
In the 80’s with action films ruling the roost Dilip Kumar proved his versatility yet again playing underworld don in movies like VIDHATA, DUNIYA, MASHAAL etc.
Superstar of the Millennium, Amitabh Bachchan rates him as the finest actor ever. In his blog Amitabh writes, “ Dilip Kumar sahab is my idol and has been since the day I first saw his work. He has been an inspiration not just for me but I am certain to thousands of those that have ever dreamt of facing a camera for the art form called cinema. His presence his aura and his dedication to film shall be documented as ‘before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar’.