Dilip Kumar - An Autobiography

Dilip Kumar - An Autobiography (English, Hardcover, Kumar Dilip)

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Dilip Kumar - An Autobiography  (English, Hardcover, Kumar Dilip)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
    • ISBN: 9789381398869, 9789381398869
    • Pages: 450
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    Dilip Kumar: The Substance and the Shadow – An Autobiography is the long awaited life story of the legendary veteran Indian actor. This autobiography is a genuine, earnest and fascinating narrative - straight from the actor’s heart and mind - that discloses for the first time several unknown aspects of the life and times of Dilip Kumar - one of the greatest Bollywood actors of all time, and also stands out as an icon of a secular India.

    Summary of the Book

    Dilip Kumar was born as Yousuf Khan. He started as a shy rookie in Hindi cinema in the early 1940s and there was no looking back. He went on to reach the zenith of stardom within a short period of time. He delivered mesmerizing performances in one hit movie after another, in a row! His almost six-decade-long career as an actor was based only on his original ability, unwavering willpower, sheer hard work and die-hard optimistic attitude. In this book, Dilip Kumar tells us his journey right from his birth, his days as an aspiring actor, his ascent to the pinnacle of success and the rest, to the present day. He frankly narrates his relationships with different variety of people. His interactions were not only restricted to his family, friends and the film world but also with businessmen and politicians. Dilip Kumar sets the record straight about how he got married to Saira Banu, one of the then Bollywood beauties. He feels that a lot of what was written about him so far is mostly misinterpreted, and so he narrates, in graphic detail, about his romantic relationship and marriage, which pretty much reads like a fairy tale! He fondly remembers the event that changed his life forever - his meeting with Devika Rani, the boss of the famous Bombay Talkies, and being offered an acting job. His first film was Jwar Bhata (1944). He explains how he had to learn the whole kit and caboodle from scratch and how he had to cultivate his own individual dramatics and panache that would set him apart from his contemporaries. He soon scaled great heights with movies like Jugnu, Shaheed, Mela andaz, Deedar, Daag and Devdas. In most of his movies he played the tragedian with such a matchless intensity that his mind was undesirably affected. He had to consult a British psychiatrist, who counselled him to shift to play comedy. The consequence was his remarkable performances in the hilarious, laugh riots like Azaad and Kohinoor, apart from an amusing depiction as a resolute Tong-driver in Naya Daur. He then took a five-year break and later began his second innings with Kranti in 1981, post which he acted in successions of hits such as Vidhaata, Karma, Saudagar, Mashaal, Shakti, and Qila.

    About Dilip Kumar

    Dilip Kumar is one of the best Hindi cinema actors of all times, a legend of his lifetime. He is not a superlative actor alone, but is an avid reader of Urdu, Persian and English literature, a connoisseur of the arts, an extremely skilled multilingual speaker, an outstanding mimic and a superb dancer! He has bagged the Filmfare Best Actor Award eight times, which is an unbroken record. He is also honoured with the most prestigious awards like the Padma Bhushan, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and Pakistan’s highest civilian award, Nishan-e-Imtiaz. He is also constantly into philanthropic contributions and social causes in his own modest way.

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    • 230 mm
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    • 150 mm
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    5

    Best there was,Best there is and Best there will be.

    What else can be given rather than 5 stars.It is the autobiography of the best actor our film industry have ever had.The book took the reader to a wonderful voyage of Yousuf Sahab's life.What a great actor and person he is.Long Live Dilip Kumar..
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    Harsh Sharma

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    Know the dedication,commitment and attainments of a legendary Thespian

    A painstaking elaborate effort which covers different facets of his life right from early childhood in Peshawar to Bombay / Mumbai so far . A self made man who did not have any notable formal education but developed different faculties by dint of extremely hard work and his God gifted genius. He was very much attached to his mother and sympathetic to father.Took best possible career of 4 brothers ( Ayub Khan died young) and 6 sisters in a large family of 12 siblings. I wish we had more inform...
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    Mithilesh Kumar

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    Jan, 2015

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    Legend With Black Suit.

    We Are Very Lucky To Know About Your Legendary Achievements. Through This Book, I Got To Know How Good Human You Are. Must Read This Book.
    Thank You Udaytara.
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    Danish Enam

    Sep, 2014

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    Gift for My Father

    My father was a great fan of Dilip Kumar Sahab, he is quit happy when he received it...., Good Job Flipkart
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    Abu Faisal

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    Aug, 2014

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    Perfect Gift for my grandfather who is a die hard Dilip Kumar fan!

    I bought this for my grandfather on father's day. Well, he loved it! So I am more than satisfied with the product. It is a light weight, hard bound book with a very nice print. I haven't read the book (but he finished it in 2 days!) so can't review it. But it was a wonderful gift. It has a long ribbon of a soft yellow colour, reminiscent of classic books and print of yester years, to mark the pages. But I stuck a bookmark on it that I made in the shape of a film strip and wrote my msg on it t...
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    Apoorva Arora

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    Aug, 2014

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    Very apt title

    Wondeful autobiography written in very simple but heart touching language which gave an insight to the mind of the great legend. Some events of his life which the readers wanted to know in detail like the Madhubala and his second marriage has been left unsaid but otherwise a wonderful book.
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    Rosaline Biswal

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    Jul, 2014

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    The Legendary Star-Intellectual Dilip Kumar

    I share a few lines on my reading the book ‘Dilip Kumar: the substance and the shadow- an autobiography’ as narrated to Ms. Udaya Tara Nayar, published by Hay House Publishers, New Delhi (2014). I enjoyed reading every bit of this book including the foreword by Ms. Saira Banu, the star-wife of the legend. After reading the book my reverence for this matinee idol has gone up further. Indeed, he is one of the greatest star-intellectuals having a tremendous understanding of the humanity and the ...
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    Brahma B. Panda

    Dec, 2014

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    A legend's biography

    Not many of my generation know about the kind of mesmerizing power Dilip Kumar had during 1950s and early 1960s. He was in a league of his own and (in words of Satyajit Ray) "the ultimate method actor".

    I gifted this book to my father on his birthday and he thinks the book is very nicely written. Don't buy expecting to find any controversial stuff.
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    Amit

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    Nov, 2014

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    THE LOST OPPORTUNITY

    Happen to read “The Substance and the Shadow” An Autobiography of the veteran actor, Yousuf Khan, popularly known as Dilip Kumar, the doyen of Indian Cinema, the first Super Star of Bollywood. The book is the sincere account of his life, his experiences right from his birth to childhood to his early years and finally his career as an actor, it also consists of various interesting anecdotes from his life , although very intense and detail document with an inordinate narrative quality , the leg...
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    SHEKHAR BOPARDIKAR

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    Nov, 2014

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    Dilip Kumar - The Substance and the Shadow : An Autobiography

    Excellent book. Enjoyed reading. Could live thro 1922 till now. Very well narrated.
    Would love to read more of similar books.
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