Remembering Dilip Kumar | ‘Daag’, ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ To ‘Shakti’: Revisiting His Iconic Roles

(Photo Credit: Twitter Handle of Dilip Kumar)

The death of veteran actor Dilip Kumar leaves the film fraternity in a huge shock. Dilip Kumar was facing chronic health issues for months now, took his last breath in Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The ‘Tragedy King’ left an unfilled gap in the film industry and a rich legacy behind for young actors to get inspired from. He was featured in more than 60 films in his 50-year-long career, from Shakti to Mughal-e-Azam to Saudagar, he was never limited to one genre and always proved his versatility through his screen presence.

He started his journey of cinema with his debut film ‘Jwar Bhatta’ in 1944 as male lead with the screenwriter Bhagwati Charan Verma but was not a big success. His next film in 1947 ‘Jugnu’ was a big hit at the box office opposite actress Noor Jahan.

The legendary actor astounded the audience each time he appeared on screen with his radiant cinematic presence.

Let’s revisit his unforgettable roles which have forever sparked the big screen and made him a living ‘icon’ of his time.


Dilip Kumar’s “Daag” poster in his hometown Peshawar, Pakistan (Photo Credit:University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries)

The film “Daag” fetched him the first-ever award in the category of Best Actor at the Filmfare. The movie was released in 1952. Here is the music compilation from the film.


A still from “Devdas” 1955.

Devdas was considered to be one of the best performances as a tragic lover and it was ranked at number 2 by the University of Iowa in Top 10 Bollywood Films by Corey K. Creekmur. The film was based on a 1917 Bengali novel by Saratchandra Chattopadhyay.

His dialogue, “Kaun Kambakht peene ke liye peeta hai, mein toh peeta taki saans le saku” became the most loved from the film.


A still from “Shakti” the two legends face-to-face. (Credit:Goldmines Film)

The film featured the two most iconic and veteran actors Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan for the first and only time together on the silver screen in 1982. It was the best work by film director Ramesh Sippy and became one of the greatest films in the world of cinema.

Amitabh paid tribute to the then co-actor and tweeted, “An epic era has drawn curtains… Never to happen again..”


Dilip Kumar in “Mughal-e-Azam” as Prince Salim

Mughal-e-Azam was a historical drama showing the struggles and life in the court of Akbar and his son Jahangir. The film showed the new dimensions to the love-chemistry with Madhula, who played Anarkali in the film. The film was released in 1960. Enjoy the iconic dialogues from the film. It became the highest-grossed film at the box office.


Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala in Madhumati. (Screenshot from Sheemaroo)

Madhumati was directed by Bimal Roy starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala in 1958. It was one of the earliest films to deal with Gothic romance and literature.

Dilip Kumar was born Yusuf Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan on December 11, 1922, in the family of a fruit merchant. He later changed his name to Dilip Kumar. In 1998, the legendary actor was honoured with the Highest Civilian award, Nishan-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan. Later, in 2015, he won the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India.

He gave the industry hits-after-hits, which made him the “Tragedy King”. Bollywood is mourning his death and paying tribute to the legend.

The iconic actor received the State Funeral at 5 PM in Mumbai.



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