The legendary actor, philanthropist and former politician Dilip Kumar turn 98th on Friday, flooding Twitter with birthday tweets.
Fans of the yesteryear actor who is credited for bringing the technique of method acting to the Indian cinema have been flooding Twitter with several tweets celebrating his birthday since midnight.
While Dilip Kumar has worked in over 65 movies in his five decades-long glorious career, here is a look back on the few films that made him ‘The Tragedy King.’
- ‘Devdas’ – the painful saga of love and romance, which was based on Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel of the same name is till this date regarded as one of the finest works of the superstar. The Bimal Roy directorial saw Kumar acing the role of a die-hard lover on the road of destruction at hands of love and alcoholism.
- ‘Babul’ – The musical drama that emerged out as the second highest-grossing film of the year 1950 saw a tragic love-triangle between his character the late dazzling diva Nargis and late actor Munawar Sultana. The heartwarming film that saw Dilip Kumar in the role of a postmaster hailing from a rich family.
- ‘Daag’ – The social drama, produced and directed by Amiya Chakravarty brought Dilip Kumar the first ever Filmfare Award in the category of best actor. The film sees the rise of a poverty-stricken and alcoholic Shankar to a wealthy man who again moves towards the path of self-destruction as the family of the love of his life decided to marry her elsewhere. The film, however, ends on a good note with Dilip Kumar aka Shankar marrying his love interest and quitting alcohol thereafter.
- ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ – The ultimate love story of Mughal prince Salim and a court dancer Anarkali was one of the most tragic films by the legendary superstar. His epic portrayal of the spoiled, self-indulgent and mad-in-love prince won the film several awards including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi in 1961.
- ‘Deedar’ – One of the noted tragedies made in early Indian cinema, the movie revolves around the unfulfilled love of Dilip Kumar’s character who was separated from him due to class inequalities. The film emerged out as one of the most popular films of the golden era and established Kumar as the ‘King of tragedies.’
The 98-year-old actor worked in different genres of movies which bagged him the tag of ‘The Tragedy King’. Dilip Kumar’s epic portrayal in these films has been etched in the hearts of his fans. Some other tragedy movies by the superstar including ‘Sairat,’ ‘Tarana,’ ‘Yahudi,’ and ‘Kumati.’ He was last seen on the big screen in ‘Qila’ in 1998 and was honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015.