Bollywood’s first superstar, Dilip Kumar, is known for his control over language and dialogue delivery.
Dilip saab, as he is lovingly called even by his contemporaries, is eloquent, regal and emotive. The tragedy king has a permanent place in his fans’ hearts.
Born in Peshawar, Pakistan, Dilip saab turns 94 today. On his birthday, we have compiled a list of his top dialogues that are life-lessons to guide us through difficult times.
Devdas (1955): There was a reason he was called the tragedy king. As a self-destructing lover in Devdas, he is so iconic that people still call ‘lost lovers’ by that name.
Mughal-E-Azam (1960): It was literally a clash of the titans between Prithvi Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar in K Asif’s magnum opus.
Saudagar (1991): Dilip Kumar and Raj Kumar matched each other at each step in this Subhash Ghai film about two rival villages. Can you face those eyes for long?
Vidhaata (1982): Another Subhash Ghai film with a powerful Dilip Kumar character. He played Shamsher Singh who knew how to prepare for the final combat.
Shakti (1982): This was the time when Amitabh Bachchan was on the zenith of his stardom. Yet Dilip Kumar turned out to be a master-class in acting.
Karma (1986): In Karma too, Dilip Kumar played a cop, and yet again he managed to turn it into a timeless classic. Nobody can forget Dr Dang and Dr Dang can’t forget Dada Thakur.