Talking about early releases in Hindi cinema, the very first thing which comes to our mind is action, drama, songs narrating all the happy moments, sad melodies, emotional tears, romantic gestures, young beautiful actress and a handsome young angry hero fighting for their love, or a story picturing two brothers separated by accident, meeting after twenty years, a mother raising her child alone facing all the criticism in society and many more heart-melting stories as well as the tales of bravery. And one such actor whose performance has won hearts in the industry has played his role as if he dwelled in the character, he usually played roles that represented the voice of common people. Dilip Kumar has won many awards for his contribution to the film industry.
The top 10 movies of Dilip Kumar :
K.Asif’s direction released on 5th August 1960, Mughal-E-Azam had the widest release of any Indian film up to that time, Mughal-E-Azam recorded the earning of Rs 4 million in the first week and net worth of Rs55 million, it was one of the longest theatrical runs, constantly screening for three years in Maratha mandir with every single seat occupied resulting in a new box office record and pulled in its name in the list of highest-grossing Indian film of all time. the movie has been awarded a national film award, three Filmfare awards and most importantly love the audience showered upon. Mughal-E-Azam has been one of the high budget movies of Indian motion pictures of that time. It was the first movie to be digitally coloured. The plot of the movie has been taken from the 1922 play “Anarkali”. Mughal-E-Azam is an epic historical drama, which is set in the regnant of Emperor Akbar. Where the Mughal prince Salim falls in love with a court dancer and emperor Akbar disapproves of the relationship between Salim and Anarkali which eventually gives rise to a war between father and son. The film is Know for its every single detail, theme, song and acting filled with drama and emotions, its approach towards every single scene of the drama finely executed. The film is considered to be a milestone of its genre.
Devdas is a historical Hindi language drama film directed by Bimal Roy and released on 30 December 1955. The net box office worth was Rs10 million. the plot of the movie has been taken from Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel “Devdas”. Dilip Kumar was the first choice of director to play the part of Devdas. Dilip Kumar won the 4th Filmfare best actor award for Devdas. The movie basically depicts the prevailing social customs in early 1900s Bengal.
Devdas is the story of a wealthy man named Devdas from the Bengali brahmin family who falls in love with his childhood friend Paro aka Parvati. They look forward to the blossoming love between them turning into lifelong ties. Due to the difference between their social status Devdas’s mother rejects Paro’s hand for Devdas. In the sorrow of not getting to marry Paro, depressed, heartbroken Devdas starts drinking bad. Latter due to bad health because of heavy drinking he Devdas takes his last breath at the doorstep of Paro’s house. And the tragic end to their love story leaves spectators in grief.
Saudagar is a drama and thriller film featuring Dilip Kumar in a leading role. The film was directed by Shubhash Ghai and was released on 9 August 1991. The film is a story of two friends, the friendship between Veeru (Dilip Kumar) and Rajeshwar (Raaj Kumar) turns bitter when Chuniya’s selfish evil deeds take over the sweetness of friendship. Friends turned into enemies confront each other after years when their grandchildren fell in love with each other. The story ends with both the friends taking their last breath in each other’s arms and showing the present their grandchildren married each other and started the trust in the name of their grandparents.
Madhumati is a Hindi- romance film directed and produced by Bimal Roy. Released on 12 September 1958. Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala stars in lead roles. Madhumati was one of the earliest films to show reincarnation. The movie made Rs 40 million in India and got enlisted among the highly-grossing Indian films of the year. It won the national film award for best feature film in Hindi and also nine Filmfare awards. The story revolves around Anand, a modern man who falls in love with a tribal woman named Madhumati. During their life, they are unable to live together as one happy family and are reincarnated.
Yahudi is a Bollywood action drama film directed by Bimal Roy. Released on 5 September 1958. The plot of the movie is taken from the play Yahudi ki Ladki by Agha Hashar Kashmiri. The story is about Ezra a Jewish man who decides to raise abduct a roman girl, Lydia. Years later as she grew young she falls in love with a Roman prince, who introduces himself as a Jewish man.
Daag is an Indian Hindi romantic drama film produced and directed by Amiya Chakravarty. Dilip Kumar’s journey as a star started from this movie as he won his first best actor Filmfare award for his performance in this film. The film got to number 4 on the box office collection list. Shankar the protagonist sells mud toys to make living out of the money earned. He lives with his mother. Being the only earning person in the family he fails to keep up the need and falls into debt after he gets addicted to alcohol. After an argument with his mother Shankar leaves for the city in the hope of betterment of the situation, manages to give up drinking and earns quite a heavy amount of cash. Again in the grief of not marrying the love of his life, he starts drinking heavily. However, the movie has a happy ending where the only thing which saved Shankar was Parvati his love.
Paigham is a comedy-drama film produced and directed by S.S.Vasan, released on 30 October 1959. The movie narrates the story of the lives of the family of a widowed lady, her two sons and daughter. Widowed miss Lal lives with her two sons, Ram and Ratan; an unmarried daughter, Sheela; Ram’s wife, Parvati and her children. The story revolves around how the things not going well at the workplace affected the family relations as well, then things got worse, the family lose their prestige and self-esteem in the community.
Insaniyat is an action film directed and produced by S.S.Vasan, released on 30 September 1955. The plot of the movie is mainly about a man named Bhanu, a good thief when the circumstances around society suddenly change, he joins hands with other companions to destroy the evil crime boss Zangoora and his gang. Dilip Kumar has acted phenomenally in the entire movie.
Ram Aur Shyam:
Ram Aur Shyam is an Indian comedy-drama film directed by Tapi Chanakya, released on 7 April 1967. Dilip Kumar in an interview stated “The script of Ram Aur Shyam (1967) offered me endless stimulation. Each scene was sharply written to highlight the contrast between the characters and their predicaments.” Ram Aur Shyam came out to be a blockbuster at the box office, one of the highly-grossed films as well. The plot of the story is basically rooted in the abuse Ranchandra faced by his brother-in-law Gajendra). All the fuss is created when Shyam, Ram’s lost twin takes his place. when Gajendra gets the smell of something happening wrong, he soon gets to know the truth and plans to kill Ram and frame Shyam for the murder. Though he did not succeed in his evil plans and in the end both the brothers live happily married life.
Footpath is a Hindi film written and directed by Zia Sarhadi, released on 9 October 1953. Footpath is one of the films featured in Avijit Ghosh’s book, 40 Retakes: Bollywood Classics You May Have Missed. The plot of the movie talks about black-marketing in grains and medicines. The characters and drama are placed among the very poor and homeless ones. The protagonist is a poorly-paid hack journalist named Noshu who lives, for lack of means, with his kindly elder brother Bani and Bani’s nasty wife Minna. Strongly attracted to the girl living in the neighbourhood he decides to be wealthier by choosing the road of black-marketeer. Noshu chooses to go his own way leaving his brother alone. Amongst the sparkle of wealth and luxuries the bright light of brotherhood faded. The change comes in his soul when he rushes to his stricken brother’s side too late and arrives just as Bani breathes his last. Grief-stricken, Noshu gives himself up to the police, denounces his companions in crime and goes to prison.