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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Restoration of birth places of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor had been a great step.
If the Indian map relating to bollywood films is drawn, the greatest legends who will emerge in the era between 1940s to 1980s will be Tragedy King Dilip Kumar and Showman Raj Kapoor. Legends of legends’ Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor’s birthplaces are preserved as heritage sites. Mian Iftikar Hussain, the Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkha province, told the media that steps would be taken to protect their homes in Qissa Qwani Bazar.
Dilip Kumar was born as Mohammad Yusuf Khan at Muhalla Khudadad in Qissa Khwani Bazar on December 11, 1922. Raj Kapoor was born as Ranbir Raj Kapoor at Peshawar on December 14, 1924.
Dilip Kumar’s father Lala Ghulam Sarwar, was a fruit merchant who owned orchards in Peshawar. Raj Kapoor’s father Prithviraj Kapoor, was famous actor. The top floor of Prithviraj Kapoor’s five story house at Dakhi Nalbani, Peshawar’s highest point collapsed in 2010, but 60 rooms still remain.
It is a great effort to restore the houses of the greatest stars in India and bollywood of the entire century. Raj Kapoor, popularly known as showman, had modernized Indian films with his direction, production and acting. He had given more than 10 blockbusters in his career including Barsaat, Awaara, Sri 420, Anari, Jis Desh Me Ganga Behti Hai, Sangam, to name a few. Dilip Kumar, popularly known as Tragedy King, provided more than 10 blockbusters in his illustrious career, including Andaz, Devdas, Madhumati, Mughal-i-Azam, Ganga Jumna, Ram Aur Shyam, to name a few.
Both Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar dominated bollywood films for more than 40 years including the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. From the mid-70s, Raj Kapoor concentrated only on production and direction of films and there too he provided blockbusters like Bobby, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Prem Rog, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, etc.
Dilip Kumar switched to character acting in the 1980s, and there too he showed the art of acting to the new generation of superstars like Amitabh Bacchan in Shakti, Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff in Karma, to name a few.
Composers like Naushad Ali, Shankar Jaikishan, lyricists like Shakeel Badayani, Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri, singers like Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, actresses like Nargis, Vaijayantimala, Padmini, Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Wahida Rehman, blossomed around the two greatest superstars Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor. In the 1940s the biggest blockbuster was Andaz where Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor created sensation. In 1950s, Raj Kapoor gave the biggest blockbuster Shree 420, while Dilip Kumar created sensation with Madhumati. In the 1960s, Dilip Kumar’s Mughal-i-Azam ended up being the greatest blockbuster ever. Raj Kapoor’s Sangam was first superhit coloured film to show London, Paris, Rome. In the 1970s the same Showman showed magic with Bobby. In the 1980s, Dilip Kumar stormed bollywood with excellent performances in the film Shakti and Karma.
Postal stamps have also being made in the name of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor. It Is a great effort. They are truly legends of legends. Their houses should be really restored.