28 September, 2020

The Methodist

Tells you all you need to know about the actor without being idolatrous or malicious.

The Methodist
outlookindia.com
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The word ‘superstar’ is thrown around quite freely these days but when you think of it, there have been only two in Bollywood: Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan. They stand head and shoulders above the rest. The Raj Kapoors, Rajesh Khannas and Shah Rukhs come and go.

Urmila Lanba’s fine biography of Dilip Kumar is all the more welcome since lately we have had a deluge of atrocious books on Indian cinema, beginning with Anupama Chopra’s Sholay, a hack job, and ending with Justine Hardy’s Bollywood Boy. Hardy didn’t have a clue. This book is readable and thorough. Lanba seems to have seen all of Dilip Kumar’s films and has read reviews going back to the defunct Filmindia. She has interviewed a large number of people who have been associated with the actor as friends, colleagues or through familial ties.

The book tells all you need to know about the actor without being idolatrous or malicious. The few errors are minor. Ashok Kumar did not play Madhubala’s father in Basant. It was Ulhas. Ashok Kumar was not in that film. Begum Para...

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