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When Dilip Kumar did not get the desired roles, this was the situation

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Today, 11th December, is the 101st birth anniversary of superstar Dilip Kumar. The actor gave many hit films in his long career. He always preferred those films which could do justice to his acting skills, but it is not always the case that you get what you want and the same was the case with Dilip Sahab. He did not always get the work he wanted and liked, and when this happened, his condition became miserable. Regarding this, he had revealed in an old interview that he feels disappointed when he does not get the desired roles.

Because of this there was disappointment

Speaking with the South Asia Monitor in 1995, when Dileep was asked if there was anything left for him to achieve in terms of ‘cinematic achievement’, he replied, ‘I wouldn’t put it exactly that way but from a literary point of view. I was sometimes frustrated having to wait for weeks and months for a better offer. These days, people come to me with ready-made audio cassettes, instead of a good script, and expect me to copy it.

Wanted to do better work in this direction

In this episode, Dilip Kumar was asked whether there is anything else left to ‘achieve’? In response to this he said, ‘No, I have not even started yet. There was a lot to do, but we have to work within a framework. To perform better you need better film, theme and characters. We have developed everything, but surprisingly for such a big country we do not have good modern literature. We have ignored and neglected our culture. Cinema reflects all this. I wish I could get something…a better character…to draw better equations. If you discard the earlier pictures based on the classics it becomes clear that the intention on Dilip Kumar’s part too was to make the best of the task at hand. An attempt has been made to improve whatever we had.

Dilip Kumar’s memorable films

Dilip debuted as an actor in the film ‘Jwar Bhata’ (1944), produced by Bombay Talkies. His first box office hit was ‘Jugnu’ (1947). After this, the actor worked in ‘Andaz’ (1949), ‘Aan’ (1952), ‘Daag’ (1952), ‘Insaniyat’ (1955), ‘Azad’ (1955), ‘Naya Daur’ (1957), ‘Madhumati’. Acted in many films like ‘Paigam’ (1958), ‘Paigam’ (1959), ‘Kohinoor’ (1960), ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960), ‘Ganga Jamna’ (1961), ‘Ram Aur Shyam’ (1967) . He worked in ‘Dastaan’ (1972), ‘Sagina’ (1974), ‘Bairag’ (1976), ‘Kranti’ (1981), ‘Vidhaata’ (1982), ‘Shakti’ (1982), ‘Karma’ (1986), Did a brilliant job in ‘Saudagar’ (1991). His last on-screen appearance was ‘Qila’ (1998), which did not do well at the box office. He was seen in a double role in this film.

Dilip’s journey was like this

Dilip Kumar died on July 7, 2021. He died in a hospital in Mumbai after battling a prolonged illness. He married actress Saira Banu in 1966. The actress was 22 years younger than him. Born Mohammed Yusuf Khan in Peshawar (now part of Pakistan) in 1922, Dilip Kumar became a major star in the Golden Age of Indian cinema between the 1940s and 1960s. He acted in around 60 films in a career spanning 50 years.

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