Dilip Kumar, the Tragedy King of Bollywood did only a handful number of films in his career spanning over five decades. Among many of his brilliant performances was his 1955 film ‘Devdas’. It was a period drama film directed by Bimal Roy starring iconic actors Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala.
Many years later, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali announced a film with the same name. Star cast included Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai, again a combination of talented actors of their time.
It isn’t always pleasing for the artists to see their work getting modified, recreated or remixed. So, when Dilip Kumar came to know about Shahrukh Khan playing Devdas on the big screen, people were quite skeptical about how Dilip Kumar would react. When the thespian was asked to comment on Shahrukh Khan’s film ‘Devdas’, he said, “It could turn out to be better than mine. I did Devdas 45 years ago. And now, the techniques have developed, the instrumentation is versatile and at the disposal of the filmmaker. There are so many developments.”
And as per Dilip Kumar’s prediction, the Bhansali’s Devdas did perform well at the box office. It was a commercial success and emerged as the highest-grossing Indian film of the year. The film won 5 National Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards.