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Nawazuddin: “Dilip Kumar is the school, We are its students ”

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There  Never  Was  There  Never  Will Be Another  Dilip Kumar,” Nawazuddin On The Wonder That Is Dilip Kumar

“Star, superstar, icon, legend, yeh sab kehne ki baat  hai.

Dilip Kumar Saab was  far beyond these  commonly-used  terms. No award,  not even the Bharat Ratna, can do justice to his talent,” says Nawazuddin who finally speaks on  the death   of  his acting idol.

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“I don’t think there’s any actor in Hindi cinema  who is not influenced  by Dilip KumarHum sab unke shishya  hai. He is  the school. We are  its students. It is difficult to put into words what Dilip Kumar meant to  Indian cinema. Long before Method Acting  had reached India, Dilip Saab was practising it. His dedication to internalizing  his  characters  during a time when  everyone  was  screaming and  shouting to be noticed  was something that will take  generations to analyze. How did he do  it?”   Nawaz wonders.

Pausing to ponder admiringly Nawazuddin resumes, “He was  known as  the Tragedy King. But he  never had  to shed tears  on screen  to  get sympathy  for his  characters. Bharata  Muni,  the father of Indian theatre,  had said  it is  an actor’s job to extract the juice   from the emotions  of his character, not  to taste  and relish  the  juice. Most of us actors forget that we are only the  messengers  of emotions. Dilip Saab did not. He was always  in character  .He  did things that must have taken even him by surprise. In the song Suhana safar in Madhumati,as he roams  in the outdoors,  he bites a twig…such an innocent gesture  so natural.”

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Going back to his  initiation into the artistry  of  Dilip Kumar Nawaz  remembers , “My father  was a  crazy fan of Dilip Kumar Saab. Through him I got to know the  films of  Dilip Kumar.At the  NSD where  I was the convener  of  Dilip Saab’s films, I got to see  all his films over and  over again. I loved  all of them. My favourites were MadhumatiSagina , Mughal-e-Azam—Salim  is my dream  role—even the later films Vidhaata and Shakti….Shakti, oh my God!  He had  no  major dialogues  and yet he had us riveted. Look  how he turned an ordinary father’s role into something  outstanding. Only he  could do this, no one else.”

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Speaking of  Nawazuddin’s dream role, he says, “Mughal-e-Azam resonated with theatrical  performances and  dialogues. And yet Dilip Saab toned down his emotions to the  lowest pitch possible  , said his dramatic  lines  naturally…I don’t know how he  did it. When everyone  around you is  screaming  and  getting dramatic, how  do you remain  calm? How did he  remain so natural at  a time when the louder you were the better actor you were considered? It will take  us generations to  analyze  Dilip Kumar. Even then we  wouldn’t really know how his  mind and craft worked. I believe  he never had formal education. And yet he  was  the most learned  actor  in the  country. Sheer genius!”

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Veteran  Telugu  actress  Jamuna who passed away on Friday, shared an uneasy relationship with  the Hindi film industry.She did eleven Hindi films including the iconic Milan in  1967 where Jamuna  agreed to play the  second lead, or the  supporting role if you will, to Nutan.

 Jamuna as Gauri was the Other Woman who craved for the hero Sunil Dutt’s attention whereas  he had  eyes and devotion  only for Nutan. In later  years  Aruna Irani played a similar  role in  Caravan.

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 In Milan Jamuna  was not keen to  do a supporting role. Producer L V Prasad tempted her with three chartbusting songs. Besides, Jamuna had played the same role in Mooga Manasulu, the  Telugu original  of  Milan. But it  was the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal  which convinced  Jamuna to  take up the second lead in Milan.

 While  Nutan had no solo songs  in Milan, she did have the chartbuster duet  Sawan  ka mahina . Jamuna on the  other hand,  had two  splendid Lata Mangeshkar solos: Tohey saawariya naahin khabariya  and   the magnificent Ghazal Aaj dil pe koi  zor chalta nahin.Not only  these, Jamuna  also had a  hit duet  with Mukesh  based on her character  Gauri:  Bol Gauri  bol tera kaun piya.

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But  then, fate  intervened. After the film released  one of Jamuna’s solos, the poignant and memorable  Aaj dil pe koi zor chalta nahin was  snipped  out of the film.

Here is what  happened:  the  Ghazal , one of Lataji’s all-time greats, was very much a part of Milan when  it released on 17 March 1967. But then  it was seen to hamper the  flow of the  film and  edited  out. The  beautiful song occurred right after intermission. Producer  Prasad, a shrewd  filmmaker, got to know that audiences prolonged their  loo breaks as there was  a song after the break. Hence the sacrifice  of  a seriously  sonorous melody.

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Jamuna hardly did  Hindi films after Milan. Her last  Bollywood appearance  was in  Raj Kumar  Kohli’s Raj Tilak  where she  was lost in a multistarrer as  the royal  queen.

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The  romantic duet in  Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani  Ki Prem Kahaani  which was to be  shot in Switzerland and which was  delayed  due to the film’s leading lady Alia Bhatt’s motherhood, is now being relocated to  Kashmir.

Purely out of  the  love for  new mom Alia.

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Says a source in the know, “Karan loves Alia  like his own daughter. He would do anything for her. He postponed  the  release of Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani as the love duet could not be shot before Alia’s maternity leave. Karan had decided to shoot the song in Switzerland  after Alia’s maternity love. But now he has relocated the song to Kashmir  as Alia doesn’t want to leave her  baby girl behind for  long stretches.”

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This  song would be Karan Johar’s tribute to  his  idol Yash Chopra. Alia would be dressed in chiffon sarees while  Ranveer, for  a change, would be seen in  formals.

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 In an  earlier  interview with  this writer Bobby spoke  about his   long absence  from screen  before Prakash Jha’s Ashram.  “My fans   would ask why I wasn’t being seen on the screen.And I couldn’t tell them it was  because  I wasn’t getting good roles. But my fans  stood by me. They gave me  the strength  to  keep looking for the right roles. Thankfully I found the roles I liked. My new  films have given  me  some new fans. I am  thankful  I am still here. Yeah , I am in a good space right now.”

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YRF’s Pathaan has apparently wiped out all previous records as it collected 55 crore nett in India and recorded the biggest ever Day 1 for a Hindi film. The total collections of Pathaan on Day One is 57 crore nett (Hindi – 55 crore and dubbed versions 2 crore).

It is the widest Hindi release of  all  time in India and also the highest grossing 1st Day for a   Hindi film.It is  also the  highest grosser  on the  first first for a  non-holiday release. Pathhan is  also the highest  opener for Shah Rukh Khan.

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Akshaye Widhani, CEO of Yash Raj Films, says, “It is a historic day for Indian cinema and we are humbled to see the love and appreciation that is flowing for Pathaan globally. For Pathaan to shatter records in this fashion on a non holiday, just proves that the theatrical business is here to stay, provided we make films that entice people to come to the cinemas to witness a never seen before experience that entertains them thoroughly.“

He adds, “We, at YRF, are thrilled with the start that the film has got across India and we are hopeful that Pathaan brings joy to cine-goers globally in the days to come! Pathaan is the fourth film of our YRF Spy Universe and we are thrilled that we have been able to elevate the cinematic experience of audiences with each film from this franchise. We humbly share this moment with all the stake-holders of the film who have given their blood, sweat and tears to give people a movie-going experience like never before.”

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