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Best Dilip Kumar films that mark the successful journey of the iconic actor

The veteran actor’s historic blockbuster film Kranti celebrated its golden jubilee across the country

Sunidhi Prajapat
Jun 06, 2021
 
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Lovingly referred to as Kohinoor by his wife Saira Banu, legendary actor Dilip Kumar has contributed immensely to Indian cinema. The veteran actor made his debut with the 1944 film Jwar Bhata and marked his first blockbuster with Andaz. During the span of five decades, the icon has given many hits including the likes of Devdas, Naya Daur, Ram Aur Shyam among others. The film Mughal-E-Azam is considered to be the magnum opus of his career.

Also referred to as The First Khan, Dilip Kumar’s real name is Mohammed Yusuf Khan. His historic blockbuster film Kranti celebrated its golden jubilee across the country.

We’ve curated a list of must-watch movies of Dilip Kumar to stream on OTT platforms. Take a pick:

Mughal-E-Azam (Zee5)

Mughal-E-Azam can be said to be a milestone for the cast and crew of the film. Helmed by K. Asif, it ensembles a huge star cast including Dilip Kumar, Prithviraj Kapoor, Madhubala and Durga Khote.

The story is about a capricious prince to emperor Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor). Prince Salim (Dilip Kumar) falls in love with court dancer Nadira, who was renamed as Anarkali (Madhubala) by the emperor. While the couple is determined about their love, Akbar vows to break them apart at any cost.

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Andaz (YouTube)

Andaz is a tale of a love triangle starring Dilip Kumar, Nargis and Raj Kapoor in pivotal roles, while Cukoo and Murad play the supporting characters. Dilip eventually falls in love with Neena and tries to confide in her, however, he is shocked to know that she is already engaged to Ranjan

Andaz was supposed to be the highest-grossing Indian film at the time of its release.

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Devdas (YouTube)

Based on the novel Devdas by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, the film has been directed by Bimal Roy. Dilip Kumar plays the titular role of Devdas opposite Suchitra Sen’s Paro with Vyjayanthimala as Chandramukhi, the courtesan.

For the uninitiated, Devdas is one of the most celebrated stories ever. Dev and Paro are in love since childhood; however, the latter was forced to marry someone else that led the former to his misery.

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Ram Aur Shyam (YouTube)

Ram Aur Shyam tells the story of twin brothers who got separated in childhood. After knowing his brother-in-law's intention of killing him, Ram escapes from his house. While Shyam unknowingly takes his place and after realising the situation he plans to bring justice to the people in need.

Ram Aur Shyam features Dilip Kumar as twin brothers with Waheeda Rehman and Mumtaz in pivotal roles, while Pran plays the antagonist in the film.

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Naya Daur (YouTube)

The B. R. Chopra's directorial tells the story of Shankar, who fights for the livelihood and rights of the people of his village while a rich brat challenges them to revolutionize the village with a new bus service.

Alongside Dilip Kumar, the film also features Vyjayanthimala, Ajit Khan and Jeevan in crucial roles.

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Kranti (Zee5)

The Manoj Kumar starrer and directed film was declared a historic blockbuster, along with its popular songs. Kranti talks about the fight of the Indians for Independence from the British during the late 19th century.

The historical drama film also includes a massive star cast of Dilip Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, Parveen Babi, Sarika, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri, Paintal and Pradeep Kumar.

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