Fest to showcase Dilip Kumar movies in 20 Indian cities

The film festival ‘Dilip Kumar Hero Of Heroes’, which will showcase the milestone films of the ‘Tragedy King’ such as ‘Aan’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Ram Aur Shyam’ and ‘Shakti’, will be held on December 10 and 11.

With a career spanning five decades, Mohammed Yusuf Khan, popularly known as Dilip Kumar, ruled the silver screen with his work earning him the title of ‘Abhinay Samrat’ (king of acting). The actor first tasted success the same year India attained Independence – 1947, and steadily built his success over the next few decades, courtesy films such as ‘Andaz’, ‘Aan’, ‘Daag’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Azaad’, ‘Naya Daur’, ‘Madhumati’, ‘Paigham’, ‘Gunga Jumna’ and the epic ‘Mughal-E-Azam’.

The festival will cover over 30 cinema halls in 20 cities across India and will honor the screen legend through its showcase. The festival is being organized by the Film Heritage Foundation.

“I am so happy that the Film Heritage Foundation is celebrating Dilip Sahab’s 100th birthday on December 11th this year by screening some of his most popular films in cinemas across India. They could not have chosen a more apt title to commemorate India’s greatest actor – Dilip Kumar: Hero Of Heroes,” Kumar’s wife and actress Saira Banu said.

“He was my favorite hero from the time I was 12 when I first saw him in ‘Aan’ in Technicolor. It will be a joy to watch him back on the big screen, larger than life, like he has been in my life,” she added.

Earlier, the Film Heritage foundation hosted a special film festival dedicated to veteran megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is also their cause ambassador. Dilip Kumar is the first actor to introduce the process of method acting which finds its roots in theatre practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski’s ‘The System’.

“Dilip Kumar was and is my idol. I am yet to meet an actor who could match his faultless performance, his flawless diction and the intelligence and commitment he brought to his craft. His every spoken word was poetry and when he appeared on the screen, everything else was a blur. I had the privilege of sharing the screen with him just once and the experience was one I will cherish,” superstar Amitabh Bachchan said.

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