|No. of Pages:||450|
About the book
Dilip Kumar (born as Yousuf Khan), who began as a diffident novice in Hindi cinema in the early 1940s,went on to attain the pinnacle of stardom within a short time. He came up with spellbinding performancesin one hit film after another - in his almost six-decade-long career - on the basis of his innovativecapability, determination, hard work and never-say-die attitude.
In this unique volume, Dilip Kumar traces his journey right from his birth to the present. In the process,he candidly recounts his interactions and relationships with a wide variety of people not only from hisfamily and the film fraternity but also from other walks of life, including politicians. While seeking to setthe record straight, as he feels that a lot of what has been written about him so far is 'full of distortions andmisinformation', he narrates, in graphic detail, how he got married to Saira Banu, which reads like a fairytale!
Dilip Kumar relates, matter-of-factly, the event that changed his life: his meeting with Devika Rani, theboss of Bombay Talkies, when she offered him an acting job. His first film was Jwar Bhata (1944). He detailshow he had to learn everything from scratch and how he had to develop his own distinct histrionics andstyle, which would set him apart from his contemporaries. After that, he soon soared to great heights withmovies such as Jugnu, Shaheed, Mela, Andaz, Deedar, Daag and Devdas. In these movies he played thetragedian with such intensity that his psyche was adversely affected. He consulted a British psychiatrist,who advised him to switch over to comedy. The result was spectacular performances in laugh riots suchas Azaad and Kohinoor, apart from a scintillating portrayal as a gritty tonga driver in Naya Daur.
After a five-year break he started his 'second innings' with Kranti (1981), after which he appeared in aseries of hits such as Vidhaata, Shakti, Mashaal, Karma, Saudagar and Qila.
About the author
Dilip Kumar, a legend in his lifetime, is not only a superlative actor but also a connoisseur of the arts, avoracious reader of literary works in Urdu, Persian and English, a highly gifted multilingual orator, anexcellent mimic and a superb dancer! He bagged the Filmfare Best Actor Award eight times, a record. He isalso the recipient of the Padma Bhushan, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and the Nishan-e-Imtiaz(Pakistan's highest civilian award). He has also served innumerable philanthropic and social causes in hisown unobtrusive manner.
|Title:||The Substance and the Shadow An Autobiography||Publisher:||Penguin|
|No. of Pages:||450|
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It is a Classic Autobiography of a Living Legend the Great Dilip Kumar. A Versatile Genius and the Innovator of Method Acting, even before the Superb Marlon Brando. Thank you very much for this terrific Offering from Infibeambooks Khaja Hashim
Dilip Kumar has a stunning personality and people always want to know about him. I am very much excited to get my copy asap.
I am very eager to get this book right in my hand, m sure that book will have very interesting incidents of dilip saab's life, especially his attachment with Saira :)
This is something I was waiting quite long, i am very eager to read and know more about Dilip saab's. His life has many twists and turns just like his movies. Has ordered my copy from infibeam.