Late actor Dilip Kumar was known as ‘Tragedy King’ of Bollywood for the roles he played in several movies. He was well known for his intense expressions as a despondent lover. Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar were good friends and Raj always admired his acting skills.
Once Raj Kapoor shouted at his son, Rishi Kapoor for not being able to deliver the same expressions as Dilip Kumar. Rishi explained the entire incident as a note in Dilip Kumar’s autobiography, ‘Dilip Kumar: The Substance and the Shadow’.
He wrote three distinct incidents about Dilip Kumar. Describing this shooting experience, he wrote, “The other memory is from a day in our studio (RK Studio) when we were filming Prem Rog (released in 1982). I had to bring the intense expression of a despondent lover, and as hard as I was trying, Raj Kapoor, the director, was not getting the look he wanted, which was irritating him. Then he shouted at me in the presence of the entire unit, ‘Mujhe Yusuf chahiye. I want you to give me the look Yusuf would have given in the situation. I want the look in his eyes when he expresses love, his intensity, his realism’.”
Further, he added, “The unit was silent. Nobody could believe that he was talking about his professional rival Dilip Kumar. I think it was the ultimate acknowledgement of the actor-director Raj Kapoor for Yusuf Uncle’s unmatched ability to portray love with all its agony and ecstasy. It was possible only because they had that kind of genuine respect and love for each other. Would you hear Shahrukh (Khan) say that about Salman (Khan) or vice versa today?”
The legendary actor took his last breath on Wednesday morning at the PD Hinduja hospital, Mumbai. Dilip Kumar gave some of the greatest movies to Hindi cinema, like Mughal-E-Azam, Devdas, Kranti, Madhumati, and many others.