Dilip Kumar


Dilip Kumar (born Muhammad Yusuf Khan; 11 December 1922) is an Indian film actor, producer, writer and activist. Also known as the Tragedy King, he is credited with bringing realism to film acting since his first film which was released in 1944. He is considered one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. He has been described as "the ultimate method actor" (natural actor) by Satyajit Ray. Kumar is one of the biggest Indian movie stars, and a pioneer of method acting, predating Hollywood method actors such as Marlon Brando. Kumar debuted as an actor in the film Jwar Bhata (1944), produced by Bombay Talkies. His career has spanned over six decades and over 65 films. Kumar is known for roles in films such as the romantic Andaz (1949), the heartwarming Babul (1950), the impassioned Deedar (1951), the swashbuckling Aan (1952), the dramatic Devdas (1955), the comical Azaad (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Yahudi (1958), Madhumati (1958), Kohinoor (1960), the epic historical Mughal-e-Azam (1960), the social Gunga Jamuna (1961) and Ram Aur Shyam (1967). In 1976, Dilip Kumar took a five-year break from film performances and returned with a character role in the film Kranti (1981) and continued his career playing leading roles in films such as Shakti (1982), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991). His last film was Qila (1998). He is the winner of nine Filmfare Awards and is the first recipient of Filmfare Best Actor Award (1954). He still holds the record for the most Filmfare Awards won for that category with eight wins. Shah Rukh Khan tied with him in 2011. Critics acclaimed him among the greatest actors of Hindi cinema history. Much like Brando's influence on New Hollywood actors such as Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, Kumar's method acting had a similar influence on future generations of Indian actors, from Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna to Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar. Films that garnered Dilip the most recognition or awards include: Jwar Bhata (1944) Jugnu (1947) Shaheed (1948) Shabnam (1949) Babul (1950) Andaz (1949) Deedar (1951) Aan (1952) Daag (1952) Devdas (1955) Azaad (1955) Naya Daur (1957) Yahudi (1958) Madhumati (1958) Paigham (1959) Kohinoor(1960) Mughal-E-Azam (1960) Ganga Jamuna (1961) Leader (1964) Ram Aur Shyam (1967) Sunghursh (1968) Kranti (1981) Vidhaata (1982) Shakti (1982) Mashaal (1984) Duniya (1984) Karma (1986) Saudagar (1991)

 

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