What does one write about a cinematic legend that hasn’t been written already? Born Yusuf Ali Khan, Dilip Kumar is credited with bringing the subtlety in acting, in an age when everything was about OTT.
A legend in his own right, Kumar’s acting prowess can be sensed from the fact that he holds the Guinness World Record for winning the maximum number of awards by an Indian actor. His acting nuances have inspired a generation of actors.
Let us take a trip down the memory lane and see some of his most notable films and performances.
List of Best Movies of Dilip Kumar
Naya Daur (1957)
Naya Daur traced the journey of a tongawallah and his fight against industrialization. Starring alongside Vyjayjanthimala, Naya Daur fetched Dilip Kumar his first Filmfare award, which was incidentally also the first edition of the Filmfare awards. The film also ended the Dilip Kumar – Madhubala relationship, as the latter was dragged in a court case by the producers.
Ram Aur Shyam (1967)
Dilip Kumar, largely known for his intense roles, surprised the audience with his comic outing in Ram Aur Shyam. Starring in a double role, the film revolves around the classic twins-separated-at-birth plot. It fetched Kumar another Filmfare Best Actor award, and also went on to become one of the biggest grosser of 1967. Double Roles were new thing for Bollywood, now we have plenty of Bollywood Movies about Double Roles of Characters.
K.Asif’s magnum opus is an encyclopedia for the filmmakers around the world. Dilip Kumar and Madhubala forever immortalized Salim and Anarkali in the period drama. The project was in filming for over 10 years and Kumar’s acting caliber combined with his undeniable chemistry with Madhubala made sure Mughal-e-Azam went on to become a timeless classic.
Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic novel was brought to life by Dilip Kumar’s acting caliber. Long before Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bimal Roy brought the iconic character to life, and the role seemed tailor-made for Kumar who was hailed as the tragedy king. Along with Vyjayanthimala and Suchita Sen, Kumar brought the story of love and loss beautifully to the screen.
Ganga Jumna (1961)
A dacoit crime drama, Ganga Jumna featured Dilip Kumar once again with Vyjayanthimala. The film also featured Dilip Kumar’s brother Nasir Khan. Ganga Jumna is hailed as one of the best feature films of all time, and Dilip Kumar’s histrionics play a huge part in its cult status. It was also awarded in many international film festivals.
A tale of love and deceit, Dastaan is based on Ashok Kumar’s Afsana, that released in 1951. Starring Dilip Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Prem Chopra, and Bindu in pivotal roles, Dastaan gave ample scope for Kumar to perform, also featuring him in a double role as a reputed judge and a criminal. Kumar made the most of the double whammy.
India’s first Technicolor film, Aan was the most expensive film made at that time and reaped rich dividends for the producers. Headlined by Dilip Kumar, Nimmi, and Prem Nath the film made right noise both critically and commercially. Its international release in around 28 countries cemented Dilip Kumar’s stardom.
Featuring the icons Dilip Kumar, Nargis, and Raj Kapoor in a love triangle, Andaz was a template Hindi film, with all the tropes of a love story in place. All the actors played their part to the T, making sure that it went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of 1949.
Subhash Ghai’s Bollywood Film on classic Romeo and Juliet Play of Shakespeare, Saudagar pitted Dilip Kumar against another Veteran Raaj Kumar. Manisha Koirala and Vivek Mushran entered the film industry with the film. The film went on to complete the silver jubilee and Dilip Kumar stood tall in his patriarchal act.