Satyajit Ray defined Dilip Kumar as 'The Ultimate Actor'
December 11, 2013 4:07:07 PM IST updated May 31, 2014 9:50:50 AM IST By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
While Rajendra Kumar and Manoj Kumar were labeled 'Carbon Copy' of Dilip Kumar, there have been generations of actors down the decades, who have idolized the thespian. Star of the millennium Amitabh Bachchan too has confessed candidly that he has been deeply influenced by Dilip Sahab. In his blog Bachchan has quoted Dilip Kumar to be the 'Greatest Actor Ever'.
Even Bollywood Badshah Shahrukh Khan considers the legend as an actor par excellence and shamelessly quotes, ''No one can copy him and idiots like me try to copy him.''
Movie legend V Shantaram, who wished to cast Dilip Kumar in his milestone movie DO AANKHEN BARAH HAATH, admiring the actor's histrionics once quoted, ''Had Shakespeare met Dilip Kumar, he would have added one more character to the already well-defined ones he had created.''
However, the best compliment that Dilip Kumar has received came from Satyajit Ray, India's only filmmaker to be bestowed with both ultimate honours viz. 'Oscar Award' and 'Bharat Ratna' for his contribution in the world cinema. Ray defining Dilip Kumar's acting skills quoted, ''Dilip Kumar is a brilliant actor and can be termed as the 'Ultimate Actor in Method Acting.' It may be noted that 'Method Acting' refers to acting where the actor goes into the skin of the character and delivers natural performance.
However, what may come as a surprise to readers is that while the world sings glory about Dilip Kumar's histrionics, the actor himself never thinks high of himself. In fact he considers himself as just competent. In an interview he honestly acknowledged, ''In a nation which has seen great actors like Ashok Kumar, Motilal, Balraj Sahni, Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Uttam Kumar, Kamal Hassan and Sivaji Ganesan, I am certainly not the greatest actor. I consider myself just competent.'