December 2, 2013 5:41:08 PM IST updated May 31, 2014 10:05:03 AM IST By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
Dilip Kumar, the living legend, has governed the Hindi film industry for over six decades and is considered to be the most 'Complete Actor' and the 'Greatest Star' to have ever hit the Indian screen. Many consider him to be an institution of acting while there are some who go beyond this and term him as the 'God of acting'. Dilip Kumar turns 91 on 11, December 2013. Celebrating his birthday Glamsham.Com wishes him birthday wishes and prays for his health and a long life. As we carry a weeklong series, presenting you the part 1:
Dilip Kumar made his debut at the young age of 22 as a leading actor in Bombay Talkies' JWAR BHATA (1944). The movie was directed by Amiya Chakravarty, eminent director of the 40s and 50s. However, the movie was a dump squib at the box-office and the new comer Dilip Kumar was written off as flop discovery by the critics.
Most blunt were the criticism of Baburao Patel, editor of Film India, India's first Film Trade Magazine and was renowned for his forthright criticism. In his review Baburao Patel wrote, ''Devika Rani's discovery is a weak addition to our film artistes. The actor is too thin and looks starved for many months. He needs a prolonged dose of protein and vitamins to gain strength.'' Further commenting on Dilip Kumar's histrionics as an actor Baburao Patel candidly confessed that his contribution amounts to zero in terms of acting in the movie!''
Instead of taking the criticism negatively Dilip Kumar took it in positive stride and worked on his drawbacks as an actor. In an interview Dilip Sahab confessed, ''I did not know the craft of acting but after Baburao Patel's criticism I began watching foreign movies and in my spare time instead of wasting my time I used to watch Ashok Kumar's shooting and observe the nuance of acting.''
Readers would be stunned to know that the same Baburao Patel who had write off Dilip Kumar as an actor began raving his acting talent in his future movies!