Happy birthday Dilip Kumar!


There is much to celebrate and respect of one of the greatest in history. Dilip Kumar turns 86 today. Hats off to you, sir! Readers: Which are your favorites starring him?

From his statement today: On my birthday today, I have a wish... may God grant mankind the wisdom to understand and follow the righteous path.

In other news, Ghajini is releasing on Christmas Eve now. Well, at least in India. Here in the U.S., there is this tendency to release films the night before the release in India any way, so I'm not sure that will change. Salman Khan recently shared his thoughts on the Mumbai attacks. Sensible stuff. Asin Thottumkal's second Bollywood film, London Dreams (2009), will star Salman and Ajay Devgan.

28 comments:

bollywoodfoodclub said...

Thanks for the reminder. I had heard around that it is maybe your birthday today as well? Is this true? If so, Happy Birthday!
All the best,
Sita-ji

bollywoodfoodclub said...

p.s. my favorites with Dilip-ji are Devdas, Naya Daur, Andaaz (what a psycho in the end!) and Madhumati. How about your?
Sita-ji

theBollywoodFan said...

Adab Sita-ji: I have a *lot* of Dilip Kumar catching up to do, but from the ones I have seen, Mughal-e-Azam, Andaaz, and Ram Aur Shyam are my favorites! I haven't seen Devdas and Naya Daur, can you believe that? And that birthday thing might just be true ;) Thank you!

memsaabstory said...

I loved him in Aan :-) And Madhumati.

memsaabstory said...

ooh and happy birthday!!!!

ajnabi said...

Oh, I really want to see the Dilip Kumar version of Devdas since I've been informed that it's the definitive version; I haven't gotten around to seeing anything with him except for M-e-A.

Nida said...

Wow--86! Happy Birthday Dilipji!

I've only seen one film so far with him in it--none other than the grand "Mughal-e-Azam"...and I loved him in it! If SRK is the most Over-the-top actor, Dilip is the most Under-the-top actor...his expressions were so subtle yet SOO effective!

Can't wait for Ghajini! Thanks for the update, Bollywood Fan!Christmas Eve would be an awesome time to go see this....

Darshit said...

Hey hey, many haapy returns of the day (ok, night)
dilip saab is simply superb. My favs are devdas, mughal e azam and Saudagar.

P.S. I have a birthday gift 4 u. Wait for 2 days.

bollywoodfoodclub said...

Yes, my first taste of Dilip was in "Mughal-e-Azam" and I was so new to BW that I just thought he was a moody punk, then I grew to think he was HOT in subsequent viewings of his other work, I finally "got" his appeal. And Shweta, Dilip's is SO CRAZY in the end of Andaaz, I remember ssing that part and thinking "Ahh,SRK is imitating Dilip's psycho performance here, but in almost every part he plays."

And Nawab TheBollywoodFan, with confirmation of your birthday, I present you with this. I choreographed the pom pom work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWbRuUE5E9M

All the best birthday wishes,
Sita-ji

bollywoodfoodclub said...

p.s.,
Nida, I accidently called you shweta in my Dilip comments. Opps, getting my bloggers mixed up. :)

theBollywoodFan said...

Memsaab: I really like this song from Aan, should check out the movie soon. And thank you for the wishes!

Ajnabi: I'm almost on the same boat, but from what I've seen of him, to me, he's already in my top three of all time (the other two being Amitabh and Aamir).

Nida: Wouldn't it be great to have him appear in a film this decade? Even if it is a little guest appearance. He's really good with his facial expressions, true! And I like the under-the-top actor comment :) It's amazing how, as you say, he could be so subtle yet so effective!

I hope we get Ghajini over Christmas eve! That'd be a treat.

theBollywoodFan said...

Darshit: Thank you dude! Of course, Saudagar! It's been so long since I've seen it, I still have a copy. Dilip and Raj Kumar were great in it. If I recall correctly, it was released the same year as Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin. The best presents I can receive are prayers and good wishes, so as long as you send some of those my way, we're cool! :)


Sita-ji: I think (as many others do) there's a lot of truth to that SRK-Dilip connection ;) ROTFL at that YouTube video, thank you, thank you, it made my day!!! That pom pom choreography is brilliant, it fits right in! :P

Rum said...

I adore Dilip, he's sooo emo and brilliant. Though I've seen a million of his young guy roles I actually prefer him as an older guy especially in Mashaal, gawsh he was such a journalist to look up to! And I also loved him in Shakti and even the silly Vidhaata, he tended to have the best faceoff scenes in the Subhash Ghai movies!

theBollywoodFan said...

Rum: Thank you! I just searched for Vidhaata, and it's a Subhash Ghai film starring Dilip, Sanjay Dutt, and Shammi Kapoor! What a cast!

You have all given me much to check out, and I'll be starting with these and Naya Daur, which I've heard great things about as well.

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

I must admit I have seen v little of Dilip as well- no more than 6 movies I am sure- including of course mughal-e-azam and naya daur. Vidhata sounds good- will look out for it.

Richard S. said...

A belated happy birthday to the Bollywood Fan and Dilip Kumar!

I haven't seen that many whole films with Dilip Kumar either, but have seen many, many clips.

I saw him and liked him both Mughal-e-Azam and Yahudi, but when I think of Dilip Kumar, the first film I think of is Naya Daur - that's my favorite.

I've also really enjoyed watching him in clips from Kohinoor and Gunga Jumna, two that I have to pick up soon.

theBollywoodFan said...

Shweta and Richard: We're on the same boat then! :) I've heard nothing but great things about Yahudi and Naya Daur, thanks for sharing your favorites. I have Ganga Jumna, and should probably start with it.

Richard: Thank you for the wishes! I had never bothered to check which actors I shared birthdays with -- Dilip is great!

Ellie said...

One of my favorite things about reading this blog is the list I get to put together of great movies yet to come! I am working through all the Filmfare winners in chronological order, so Mugal-e-Azam is up soon for me. I can't wait! Slightly embarrassing question: Is "Ganga Jumna" the same as the over-the-top fabulous movie that I know and love as "Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswati"? And-- happy (belated, now) birthday, Bollywood Fan!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Ellie, and thank you! :) Mughal-e-Azam is one of the all-time greats, and it's immensely enjoyable, I'm certain you'll find much to like about it! Ganga Jumna (also spelled Ganga Jamuna) is a separate film (easy to confuse the names!), here's its Wikipedia entry.

That's a great starting point, going through Filmfare Award winners! Once you're done with them (which I imagine will take some time), I'd encourage you to check out some of the others nominated for the awards too. There are so many movies, so little time... :)

Cheers!

bollyviewer said...

Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand are the only ones left from the glorious days of Hindi Cinema (1950s). I loved him in Azaad - a swash-buckling adventure that starred him opposite Meena Kumari. The movie was so much fun and so unexpected from the *Tragedy King* and *Tragedy Queen*!

PS: Happy Birthday (Belated) to you, too!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Bollyviewer: The more I see of the 1950s, the more I agree with that decade being one of the best. Azaad is on my shopping list, thanks! Although I need to put a freeze on purchasing for a couple of months, because there are so many yet to see (I'm sure all of us can relate to that, LOL). And thank you also for the birthday wishes :)

Anonymous said...

Dilip and AB Snr were very good in "Shakti" (1982) - awesome movie - one of my favourties. Smita Patil too did a good job. A young Rakhee was AB's mom in the movie!

theBollywoodFan said...

Anonymous: Thank you for the Shakti! What a cast! Rum mentioned it above too, and I'm looking forward to it already. Cheers!

The Bollywood Lover said...

I just read that it was your b'day also. I didn't know it dude, so sorry for the late wishes but - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hey Saurabh: Thanks man!

pitu said...

Belated Happy Budday TBF!!!!!

And Belated HAppy Budday to Dilip saab. I love him in Ganga Jumna (honestly, when I first saw Lagaan, Aamir's dancing in Radha Kaise Na Jale reminded me of Dilip Kumar in Nain Lad Gaye Hain To Manwa Maa), Madhumati and Mughal E Azam. Looking fwd to Ghajini- that Behka song is lovely!

theBollywoodFan said...

Thanks Pitu! Acha, to Ganga Jumna is moving up the to-watch list fast now! ;) Thanks for the recommendations. Speaking of Lagaan, I'd love to know your take on this post.

Ghajini is almost here! Sweet!

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