Eminent filmmaker Subhash Ghai, renowned as the Showman of Bollywood after Raj Kapoor, presented the legendary actor Dilip Kumar one of the rarest gift that the thespian must have received on his 92 birthday.
As a humble gratitude to the greatest actor of Indian Cinema, Subhash Ghai announced setting up of a scholarship in the name of Dilip Kumar for the students pursuing film course at his film institute Whistling Woods International in Mumbai.
Speaking about the announcement Subhash Ghai said, "Dilip sahib has taught me to bring dignity to this profession of cinema and to bring a change in cinema culture of India by setting up a creative brainstorming campus. This changed my life and I put all my health and wealth in setting up Whistling Woods."
“My daughter Meghna Ghai gave me this wonderful idea. In fact we have been providing scholarships since the last five years, but it is the first time that we have instituted one after a personal name of an actor. Dilip Kumar brings dignity to our scholarship,” added Ghai.
Dilip Kumar and Subhash Ghai share a warm relation. The younger generation may be unaware that in the 80’s when Dilip Kumar made his second inning it was Subhash Ghai, who gave him the change over image from the off repeated rural based roles that Dilip Kumar was familiar with in movies like NAYA DAUR, GANGA JAMUNA, BAIRAAG, GOPI, SAGINA etc. However with VIDHATA, Subhash Ghai transformed him into an urbane underworld, smashing gangsters and carrying sophisticated guns.
After VIDHATA, Subash Ghai gave Dilip Kumar some of the most memorable role and some of the most fascinating combinations like in KARMA he brought the brilliant actor Naseerudin Shah opposite Dilip Kumar and in SAUDAGAR, he brought together the rarest of combination of Dilip Kumar and Raaj Kumar, working together after 20 years! In nut shell the Subhash Ghai – Dilip Kumar Jodi has been a great boon to Indian cinema.
Few may know that Whistling Woods was inaugurated by the hands of Dilip Kumar with 80 students in 2006. And now with the scholarship in the name of Dilip Kumar, the thespian has become immortal in Whistling Woods.