Dilip Kumar. The man who personified tragedy on the silver screen. The man whose portrayal of any character could leave even hearts of stone molten. For a period of six decades, Dilip Kumar splashed grim hues of heartbreaking roles and the occasional bright ones of joyous performances on celluloid. Insurmountable, the man went on delivering hits after hits with the depiction of pain – sheer, absolute pain – on the screen. So much so, that paying heed to the advice of his psychiatrist, Kumar shifted focus to lighter roles to pull him out of depression. And then came his lighter, cheerful films like ‘Kohinoor’, ‘Aan’, etc. There too, the superstar excelled beyond what words can describe. As the quintessential superstar of Hindi cinema turns 90, here’s a journey down memory lane... some of the Tragedy King’s immortal songs.
Pyar kiya toh darna kya
Who can ever forget the legend called ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ and its iconic number ‘Pyar kiya toh darna kya’! The song is undoubtedly one of the denizens of the enviable league of songs that will go down in history as the best to have been churned out of this country’s music industry. Lata Mangeshkar’s was the voice behind this exquisitely created number, the music was provided by Naushad and the lyrics were penned by Shakeel Badauni. Dilip Kumar and Madhubala’s ethereal romance on screen have always left grappling with emotions.
Suhana safar aur yeh mausam haseen
Mukesh’s flawless rendition and Dilip Kumar’s on-screen portrayal of ‘Suhana safar aur yeh mausam haseen’ is a jugalbandi that has left many mesmerised since the song came into existence. The song appears in the 1958 film ‘Madhumati’, in which Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala and Pran play pivotal roles.
Yeh hawaa yeh raat yeh chandni
Sung in Talat Mehmood’s unparalleled voice and picturised on Dilip Kumar, ‘Yeh hawa yeh raat yeh chandni’ is a song that would surely rank among the best of the actor. A part of the 1952 film ‘Sangdil’, the music of the song was Sajjad’s.
Yeh mera deewanapan hai
In 1958, when the film ‘Yahudi’ released, its most loved number ‘Yeh mera deewanapan hai’ was judged as the best in terms of its lyrics – evidence: Shailendra, the engenderer of the words, won the Best Lyricist Award at the 6th Filmfare Awards. The extremely melodious number is sung by Mukesh and on screen; Dilip Kumar does more than what the word justice can entail to it.
Hum aaj kahin dil kho baithe
The 1949 film ‘Andaz’ boasts of this indescribable number, ‘Hum aaj kahin dil kho baithe’. The music was provided by Naushad and the number was sung by Mukesh. Dilip Kumar’s presence on screen left no stone unturned in immortalising the song.
Aye mere dil kahin aur chal
Composed by the music director-duo Shankar-Jaikishen, ‘Aye mere dil kahin aur chal’ is another musical masterpiece. The lyrics of the song were penned by Shailendra and Talat Mehmood’s is the voice; the song featured in the 1952 film ‘Daag’. Dilip Kumar, yet again, is in his element here.
Madhuban mein Radhika nachey re
Mohammed Rafi’s pristine voice coupled with Naushad’s immortal music and Shakeel Badayuni’s poetry. ‘Madhuban mein Radhika nachey re’ is a part of ‘Kohinoor’, one of the lighter films that Dilip Kumar had acted in. The song is utterly melodious, and is among Dilip Kumar’s most famous ones.
Meri kahaani bhoolnewale
‘Meri kahaani bhoolnewale’, the song from the 1951 classic ‘Deedar’, is another one which has been eternalised by Dilip Kumar. The number was composed by the legendary Naushad and sung by Mohammad Rafi.
Yahan badla wafa ka
The song ‘Yahan badla wafa ka’ featured in the 1947 film ‘Jugnu’, Dilip Kumar’s first major hit, with which the superstar cemented his position as a bankable actor in the industry. This number from the film was composed by Firoz Nizami.