Dilip Kumar Classics: 8 Must Watch Films

Satyajit Ray called him "the ultimate method actor" and if that doesn’t give you an idea of his stature, Dilip Kumar‘s eight Best Actor Filmfare awards; the highest for the category, definitely should. Born Muhammad Yusuf Khan in Peshawar, Dilip Saab began his Bollywood career at the age of twenty-two with Jwar Bhata in 1944. His journey began in the bylanes of various cinematic genres; tragedian in Devdas, the alluring romantic in Andaz and the funny man in Azaad
Dilip Kumar‘s movies not just boast of strong characters and superlative performances, they also come complete with songs that are euphonious. Out of the many cinematic gems from the thespian, here’s a list of eight wonders that you should re-watch on Dilip Saab‘s birthday.   
Daag (1952)
Dilip Kumar picked up the first-ever Best Actor Filmfare award for this film. Daag was a drama that was well received at the box office and was declared a hit.  
Azaad (1955)
Azaad was one of the biggest films in the fifties. Dilip Kumar played the notorious bandit Azaad, who’s actually a wealthy man. With melodious songs like Aplam Chaplam sung by Lata and Usha Mangeshkar, the film is an interesting watch.  
Devdas (1955)
This adaptation of Devdas was probably one of the best of the story. Bimal Roy gave us a tragic master-piece that was brought to life by Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen and Vyjayanthimala in the lead roles. 

Kohinoor (1960)
After numerous tragic roles, Dilip Kumar took up Kohinoor for its light-hearted story line and comic sequences. The film became a major hit and the songs, Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re and Do Sitaron Ka Zameen Par Hai Milan Aaj Ki Raat became timeless tunes.  
Gunga Jumna (1961)
Gunga Jumna was a trendsetter in the long list of movies that had two brothers on the opposite sides of the law. Dilip Kumar played Gunga and Nasir Khan played his brother Jumna. The film became a cult classic that worked its magic at the box office. 
Leader (1964)
A political drama that won Dilip Kumar his sixth Filmfare award for Best Actor. The film gave us the patriotic song, Apni Azadi Ko Hum Hargis Mita Sakte Nahin sung by Mohammed Rafi
Ram Aur Shyam (1967)
Another golden nugget from Indian film industry, Ram Aur Shyam earned a special place in the audience’s hearts. Dilip Kumar‘s comic role was appreciated immensely and won him another Filmfare Award.
Shakti (1982)
Apart from having a great plot, Shakti is also the only film to have starred the two luminaries Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan together on one screen.
A very happy birthday Dilip Saab. Here’s to many more.  


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