You’ll find plenty of vintage photos on Google of Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor, the reigning triumvirate of Bollywood’s golden age. You can see their brotherhood in most of them.
But the pictures trust their strong screen rivalry. An impish Anand digs into Kumar’s plate in one black and white frame, whereas in another, he has his arm around him. In one pic, Kumar pulls his childhood friend Kapoor’s cheeks affectionately. Pictures of them playing cricket are also available, The Indian Express reported.
But there is an unspoken acknowledgment of Kumar’s status as this club’s Big Brother in almost all of them. That shouldn’t come as anybody’s surprise. The actor was the oldest of the three, the original Bollywood (Yousuf) Khan.
Together, they created the holy trinity of Hindi cinema in the 1950s, and yet it was Kumar alone who established the blueprint that would be borrowed by all future Hindi film heroes.
Take the 1950s into consideration. Kapoor was modelled on Charlie Chaplin himself. His cinema was saturated in communist ideals as the star of a young and independent country. On the other hand, Anand was an urban actor known for his elegance and jovial acting with Gregory Peck-Cary Grant.
Meanwhile, Kumar was a proponent of an understated, naturalistic style of acting and kept to dramatic and sad, even weepy, roles. The Disaster King was unwittingly creating process acting, as Kumar came to be known.
In Bollywood, unless you have a bit of Kumar in you, you can’t become a star. In every generation that has come after him, his presence can be felt, from Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan to Aamir Khan, Govinda and SRK.
An avid admirer, Bachchan used to observe the appearances of the evergreen star. And on Kumar’s 98th birthday this week, he said The presence and dedication of Dilip Kumar will be recorded as before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar.
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