Dilip Kumar also commented on Hrithik Roshan’s film ‘Jodha Akbar’, read book excerpt

The world knows Dilip Kumar as a star, an impeccable actor and a legend. But what was his life like behind the mask of the stars? In the biography Dilip Kumar: In the Shadow of a Legend, author Faisal Farooqui, who knew Dilip Kumar for more than thirty years, offers the reader a fascinating glimpse into the man beyond legend. Here is an excerpt from this book-

Hrithik Roshan’s name is important in the new-age Hindi film actors who established their perfect and strong identity with their unique style. Hrithik Roshan, who started as an assistant director with father Rakesh Roshan, got a lot of recognition from the film ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’. He was highly appreciated till ‘Fiza’, ‘Mission Kashmir’, ‘Lakshya’. But after the films ‘Krrish’ and ‘Dhoom-2’, Hrithik’s image became completely different. Then when the film ‘Jodha Akbar’ came, there was a lot of discussion about the film and Hrithik’s character. In the same period, veteran artist Dilip Kumar also made a serious comment on the film.

The film ‘Jodha Akbar’ achieved a lot of success and Hrithik Roshan’s role in it was very popular. Why wouldn’t it? After all, in this he moved from being an action hero to playing the role of a king who is considered great. People here have read and heard about Akbar in different ways. Akbar’s character is so popular in our country that everyone has one or the other story of Akbar.

Or to put it more simply, there is a life-size image of Akbar in the Indian public mind. King’s So it was natural to see Hrithik Roshan’s image in the same mirror. A special screening of the film was also arranged for Dilip Kumar.

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Faisal Farooqui, who wrote the book ‘Ek Shakshiyat Ke Saay Mein – Dilip Kumar’ on Dilip Kumar, has mentioned Dilip Kumar’s reaction to this film in his book. He has written – “I asked him about ‘Jodha Akbar’. We also saw this film together. Its special screening was organized for Saheb.

Referring to Dilip Kumar’s reaction, Faisal writes, in the 50s, for the last time, Dilip Kumar, who saw Prithviraj Kapoor in such a character, said – “The film has been made very beautiful, but it made a mistake. He reduced the mighty emperor to a renter. Faisal also writes in the beginning of this chapter – “He (Dilip Kumar) would watch the film and give its review in one sentence. That review was brutally honest and funny.” Ek shakhsiyat ke saay mein – Hindi translation of Dilip Kumar Faisal’s book In the Shadow of a Legend – by Dilip Kumar. The translation has been done by Ashok Kumar Sharma.

Farooqui, the founder of review and rating platform mouthshut.com, came in contact with Dilip Kumar through his elder brother Asif. According to Faisal, Dilip Kumar, who set many paradigms in Hindi films, used to tell some old things with him while walking. Or sometimes Faisal has also asked Dilip Kumar some things, they are mentioned in the book.

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Anyway, it is said about Dilip Kumar that he used to take great care of Salike. Decency and seriousness were very important in his sitting, speaking and behaving. Many things related to this are found in the book. Apart from being a great artist, a glimpse of Dilip Kumar’s thinking in other fields is also visible in this book. By the way, the activeness with which Dilip Kumar has been making constructive contribution to the society, his discussion has always been reaching the common people through the media. In a way, they have been confirmed in the book. Yes, there are some stories, which were not among the common people, especially the information related to their family and friends. This is also written in the book. It is also important that those aspects have been specially mentioned in the book, in which Dilip Kumar is very alert and cautious of modern technology. Obviously, information about some very interesting incidents is also available through the book. In the book of 18 chapters, information worth reading about Dilip Kumar, one of the great actors of Hindi films, has been given. This book is published from Om Books International.

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