Dilip Kumar, Indian Film Star Who Brought Realism to Bollywood, Dies at 98


Mr. Kumar’s love life additionally made information; he had relationships with the actresses Kamini Kaushal, Madhubala (they made the 1960 blockbuster “Mughal-e-Azam,” about thwarted lovers, lengthy after they broke up) and Saira Banu, whom he married in 1966 when he was 44 and she or he was 22. In the Nineteen Eighties, whereas nonetheless married to Ms. Banu, Mr. Kumar married the socialite Asma Rehman in secret. The information was rapidly outed and it grew to become a scandal, however Ms. Banu caught with Mr. Kumar, who ended the second marriage. He is survived by Ms. Banu.

Professionally, Mr. Kumar’s document was spotless, with movies that haven’t solely been profitable however have left an enduring influence. Films like “Naya Daur” (“New Era”) in 1957, “Yahudi” (“The Jews”) in 1958, “Madhumati,” additionally in 1958 and “Ram Aur Shyam” (“Ram and Shyam”) in 1967 are nonetheless remembered at this time.

In the Seventies, Mr. Kumar discovered fewer roles as youthful, extra agile actors have been cast as heroes, and he took a break.

He returned in 1981 with a blockbuster, “Kranti” (“Revolution”), that reshaped his display screen persona because the older ethical heart. He had related roles in star-heavy mega-productions like “Vidhaata” (“The Creator”) in 1982, “Karma” (1986), Saudagar (“The Merchant”) in 1991 and particularly “Shakti,” when he was cast for the primary time reverse the reigning Bollywood celebrity Amitabh Bachchan.

Mr. Kumar’s final movie was “Qila” (“Fort”) in 1998. (*98*) then, his fashion felt “more than just outdated,” a reviewer wrote in India Today. “It’s prehistoric. Dilip Kumar’s long, drawn-out dialogue delivery is out of sync with the times.”

Mr. Kumar acquired the Padma Bhushan, one in all India’s highest civilian awards, in 1991, the Dadasaheb Phalke, India’s highest award for cinematic excellence, in 1994, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015. From 2000 to 2006, he served as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the higher home of Parliament.

But these honors from the Indian authorities consumed far much less newsprint than the choice by the Pakistani authorities, in 1998, to confer on him their highest civilian honor, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz. Amid heightened spiritual tensions, Mr. Kumar was branded an anti-national by Hindu politicians who requested him to return the award to Pakistan. He didn’t. He mentioned in his autobiography that returning it “could have only soured relations further and produced bad vibes between India and Pakistan.”


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