Dilip Kumar has left for heavenly abode today at the age of 98. Referred to as ‘the ‘Tragedy King’ and ‘The First Khan’ or Bollywood, Dilip Kumar dedicated five decades to the cinema.
On his sad demise, we revisited Dilip Kumar’s old interview with Lehren. It dates back to 1994 when the Government of India honored him with Dadasaheb Phalke Award. During a long conversation, the legendary actor said, “If Dilip Kumar can become an actor, I think anybody can become an actor. Just work hard. God has been kind to me and I am grateful to him for bringing me where I am and I think I largely owe it to him. If there is anything that is to be attributed to me, then it is for not doing the wrong things, as far as acting is concerned. It’s been a fairly long inning now. I never thought I would come this far.”
Dilip Kumar made his Bollywood debut in 1944 with the film Jwar Bhata. his best work includes Devdas (1955), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Ganga Jamuna (1961), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991). His last film was Qila that released in 1998.