Today is Dilip Saab's 101st birth anniversary

New Delhi:

December 11 is the 101st birth anniversary of superstar Dilip Kumar. In his long career, Dilip Kumar acted in many hit films but he did not always get the work that he liked. Did you know that he once revealed that he was 'disappointed' when he got roles that did not do justice to his talent? In 1995, while speaking with South Asia Monitor, Dileep was asked if there was anything left for him to achieve in his "career and achievements in cinema".

What did Dilip say when he was disappointed?

"I wouldn't put it that way but from a literary point of view, I was sometimes disappointed when I waited for weeks and months for a better role. These days people come to me with ready-made audio cassettes instead of good scripts... And he wants me to imitate him.

Dilip on his achievements

Asked if he has anything else to "achieve", Dileep had said, "No... I haven't even started yet. A lot had to be done but we had to work within the framework we had. To perform better, you need better films, themes and characters. We have developed everything but surprisingly we lack modern literature. We have ignored our culture. I wish I could do something better... Better characters would have been found.

Dilip's career

Dilip Kumar debuted as an actor in the film Jwar Bhata (1944) under the banner of Bombay Talkies. After this, he did films like Andaz (1947), Aan (1949), Daag (1952), Insaniyat (1952), Azad (1955), Naya Daur (1955), Madhumati (1957), Paigham (1958), Kohinoor (1959), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Ganga Jamna (1960), Ram Aur Shyam (1961).

He also gave excellent performances in Dastaan (1972), Sagina (1974), Bairag (1976), Kranti (1981), Vidhata (1982), Shakti (1982), Karma (1986), Saudagar (1991). He was last seen in Qila (1998).