Dilip Kumar – The Tragedy King of Bollywood
Bollywood’s most iconic and versatile actor, who reined in a new style of acting in Hindi Cinema and was adjudged as the first actor to experiment ‘Method Acting’ in the film fraternity of India, Dilip Kumar Saab as he was fondly called, passed away today morning as per medical reports.
Muhammed Yusuf Khan or Dilip Kumar as he was named later on, is leaving behind a legacy unparalled, that will be missed by millions not only in India, but in the abroad as well, for his charm as the ‘Tragic King’ of Bollywood.
Muhammad Yousuf Khan, known as Dilip Kumar was born in a Peshawari Pashtun Family of 12 children in Pakistan. After completing his education, Kumar started his own business as a canteen owner and a dry fruit supplier. Venturing into acting was something that happened to Dilip Kumar out of the blue. Had the owners of ‘Bombay Talkies’ -actress Devika Rani, and her husband Himanshu Rai - not noticed and given him a break in ‘Jwar Bhata’, Bollywood would have been void of some of the best cinema it has produced.
Though his first movie in 1944 didn’t create ripples at the box office, his next movie ‘Jugnu’ in 1947, gave him much-needed recognition in Bollywood. There was no looking back for the actor after this, as he gave an array of successful movies like ‘Shaheed’, ‘Andaz’, ‘Jogan’, ‘Deedar’, ‘Daag’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Yahudi’ and ‘Madhumati’. In an interview given to a popular magazine, Dilip Kumar had stated that the title ‘Tragedy King’ was ‘disturbing his personal peace’ so much so that he decided to challenge himself by undertaking light-hearted roles.