Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah puzzled why late actor Dilip Kumar ‘selected to play protected the way in which he did’, regardless of being a star and ‘immaculate’ at his craft. Naseeruddin made these observations in an opinion piece written after Dilip’s dying.
Dilip Kumar died on July 7 after a protracted sickness. Coincidentally, Naseeruddin Shah was affected by pneumonia and was admitted to the identical hospital as Dilip in his final days. Nonetheless, they didn’t meet.
In a chunk for The Indian Categorical, Naseeruddin acknowledged the ‘undoubted greatness’ of Dilip’s performances however questioned his contribution to cinema. He identified that his filmography was restricted, in comparison with his contemporaries.
“A few of these works likely will survive the check of time however, given the place he was in, it’s greater than evident he didn’t do sufficient other than appearing and being concerned in social causes near his coronary heart. He produced just one movie, didn’t direct any (formally no less than), by no means handed on the good thing about his expertise, didn’t hassle to groom anybody, and other than his pre-1970s performances, left behind no important classes for future actors; even his autobiography is however a rehash of previous interviews,” he wrote.
“It’s baffling why a person as aware of his place in historical past as he was needs to be reluctant to file his interplay with a number of the admittedly nice filmmakers of his time or say something actually informative concerning the nature of his work and method. I want, sooner or later, he had no less than been forthright concerning the travails concerned in retaining legions of devoted followers,” he added.
Naseeruddin praised the ‘consummate characterisations, the dignified deportment, the mellifluous diction, the managed however roiling emotionality’ in Dilip’s performances, particularly earlier than Ganga Jumna (1961). He additionally expressed gratitude to the late actor ‘for the magic’.
Dilip breathed his final on the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai on July 7 and is survived by his spouse Saira Banu. In his profession spanning over 5 a long time, he performed a gamut of roles and is taken into account an establishment in appearing. He was often called the ‘tragedy king’ for excelling in brooding and intense romantic roles.