END OF THE GOLDEN ERA: Dilip Kumar (1922-2021)

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Dilip Kumar passes away at the age of 98, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

The biggest name of Hindi film industry leaves behind a rich legacy

Our Bureau
Mumbai

Veteran actor and Bollywood icon Dilip Kumar died at the age of 98 on Wednesday after suffering from age-related health issues. As the film industry mourned his demise, several stars and politicians arrived at his residence in Mumbai to pay their last respects. The legendary actor, popularly known as Tragedy King, was laid to rest with state honours on Wednesday evening.

For his huge body of work and remarkable contribution to Indian cinema, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray laid out special arrangements for the late actor’s funeral. Wrapped in tricolour, Dilip Kumar’s mortal remains were buried at Mumbai’s Juhu Kabristan. He also received a gun salute at his funeral. Dilip Kumar’s spokesman Faisal Farooqi even shared a video of police personnel draping the evergreen star in Indian Flag.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, his son Abhishek Bachchan and director-producer Subhash Ghai were present at the funeral to pay their last respects to Dilip Kumar, who passed away today after prolonged health complications.

Dilip Kumar created magic on the Indian silver screen with movies such as ‘Andaz’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Mughal-e-Azam’.

After Dilip Kumar breathed his last in Mumbai today, veteran Bollywood actors Dharmendra and Jeetendra, who both shared screen space with the legend, paid him tributes, and extended condolences to the late star’s wife and actor Saira Banu. “I have lost my brother today. I will live with his memories in my heart,” said Dharmendra. Remembering the ‘Tragedy King’, Jeetendra also shared, “What can I say about this legend, Dilip Kumar Sahab, who showed us the way. Who showed us how it’s done, with so much grace and elan. He has been an inspiration to people like me who have aspired to be like him in every possible way.”

Known as Tragedy King, Dilip Kumar’s career spanned over six decades. He acted in over 65 films in his career and is known for his iconic roles in movies like ‘Devdas’ (1955), ‘Naya Daur’ (1957), ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960), ‘Ganga Jamuna’ (1961), ‘Kranti’ (1981), and ‘Karma’ (1986).

His last film was ‘Qila’, which was released in 1998. The evergreen icon is now survived by his wife and veteran actor Saira Banu.

Maharashtra, July 07 (ANI): File photo of Veteran actor Dilip Kumar passes away at the age of 98, in Mumbai on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

FAMOUS LINES

Devdas: Kaun kambakth hai jo bardasht karne ke liye peeta hai. Main toh peeta hoon ke bas saans le sakoon

Saudagar: Haq hamesha sar jhukake nahin… sar uthake maanga jaata hain

Mughal-e-Azam: Mera dil bhi aapka koi Hindustan nahi … jispar aap hukumat karein Shakti Joh log sacchai ki tarafdari ki kasam khate hain… zindagi unke bade kathin imtihaan leti hain

Vidhaata: Jagawar agar zindagi mein bada banna hain… toh chhoti harkate chhod do

Daag: Din mein iski zaroorat hoti hai zaalim raat toh khud ek sharab hoti hai

Aadmi: Zindagi bhar doosron ka boj uthataa raha hoon aur aaj khud ek boj ban gaya hoon

FAMOUS SONGS

Yahaan badla wafa ka bewafai ke siva kya hai
Noorjehan-Rafi duet, composed by Firoz Nizami, was from 1947 hit Jugnu

Gaaye ja geet milan ke
Mela (1948) had great songs by Naushad. This one, sung by Mukesh, was memorable

Meri kahani bhoolnewale
Deedar reinforced the tragedy king image. This Naushad tune was sung by Rafi

Yeh hawa yeh raat yeh chandni
Talat Mehmood’s voice suited the thespian; this one by Sajjad Hussain is a classic from Sangdil (1952)

Aye mere dil kahin aur chal
From Daag (1952), composed by Shankar-Jaikishen and sung by Talat Mehmood

Hum aaj kahin dil kho baithe
Naushad’s score and Mukesh’s sonorous voice from Andaz (1949)

Suhana safar aur yeh mausam haseen
One of Dilip Kumar’s personal favourites, from Madhumati (1958), rendered by Mukesh, scored by Salil Chowdhury

Nain lad jai hain
Dilip Kumar did a fast-paced folk dance for this Ganga Jamuna (1961) number. Naushad-Rafi combination again

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