Dilip Kumar, Thespian of many parts

By Ila Sankrityayan

New Delhi July 7 (IANS) What makes Dilip Kumar stand out from other actors of his era is the different dimensions of his acting. The same Dilip Kumar, whose hardships in “Devdas” or “Deedar” as the tragic lover brought tears to his eyes, also manages to make us laugh through his jocund moments in “Kohinoor” and “Azaad”. His seamless synthesis of this dichotomy played an important role in making him a person on screen valued by millions.

He was a method actor. The most important thing to note was how he maintained a balance in his work. If in “Foot Path” he has performed a realistic role where his character highlights the negative nuances, “Deedar” shows love on its extreme side, where the lover vigorously blinds himself because his childhood lover no longer remembers him. In “Aan” you will find him as a typical hero from a commercial cinema, riding horses, participating in sword fights with villains and protecting his beloved from them. He became a complete entertainer in this film.

Dilip Kumar will be remembered not only because he was an actor par excellence, but also because he revived his characters. Even without uttering a single word, his eyes can be seen speaking a thousand words. Look at his character in Mehboob Khan’s “Amar” and you will also find shades of gray. Dilip Kumar conveyed through his eyes anger, guilt and remorse over a man who raped an innocent village girl.

One can see the intensity of emotion in these films. This was the reason why the legendary director Bimal Roy threw him into milestone films like “Madhumati”, “Devdas” and “Yahudi”.

“Madhumati” is a multi-layered film. It is a story of reincarnation, timeless romance and feudalism. The whole film holds you through because of Dilip Kumar’s and Vyjayanthimala’s amazing acting skills, soulful composition, and it’s most interesting to see how three different stories unfold and how they are finally connected. These complexities are well portrayed by the great actor.

In each of his films, he relived the character. For “Kohinoor” he learned the guitar. He played his roles with such depth that he went into depression after his tragic roles in “Devdas”, “Daag” and “Deedar”.

One can not forget to mention BR Chopra’s “Naya Daur”, which was based on the question of industrialization and how it affected the villages. Dilip Kumar played a ‘tangewala’ to perfection.

“Aadmi” is also one of his finest films, in which he portrayed the role of a wealthy man who became an orphan at an early age. His loneliness made him a complex person. Dilip Kumar had brought the inner conflicts between human emotions because of the situation so well.

It’s interesting to see the actor who has given us such intricate depictions dance on songs like “Mere pairon mein ghungroo bandha de” in “Sunghursh” to “Nain lad Jayayehe toh manwa ma kasak hoyebe kari” in “Gunga Jumna”.

There is no end to this, and much more can be said about actor Dilip Kumar. One would not know where to put the sentence. It’s hard to believe he left us. In fact, he never will, because his works will always remind us that a legend was born. With his death, it is the end of an era.


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