Dilip Kumar turns 95 today

In the history of Hindi cinema, there have been certain flag-bearers whose name is more than sufficient to establish the era of movies. Shah Rukh Khan will always be associated with the title of King Khan and defining romance on the silver screen in the 90s but much before the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar arrived in this world, there was a man who set benchmarks for generations of men and women who desire to achieve success in the arts. This man was Dilip Kumar.

Dilip Kumar’s craft earned him the place of the first superstar of Indian cinema. His nuanced approach, controlled body language that came across as effortless and his charm on the silver screen was Indian audience’s first introduction to a ‘star’. Before Dilip Kumar, no one knew the kind of craze and fan following that could be commanded by someone who works in the entertainment industry. With every film of his, he wrote a new chapter in the masterclass of acting.