What happens when two legends of Bollywood exchange warm wishes to each other, it surely creates a buzz on the internet. Look at what Dilip Kumar had written to Amitabh Bachchan.
Amitabh Bachchan shares a letter by Dilip Kumar from his archives.
The late actor Dilip Kumar and actor Amitabh Bachchan are revered as legends in Bollywood. Amitabh Bachchan has dedicated over 50 years of tireless work to the industry, while Dilip Kumar enriched its legacy for about 50 years until his passing at the age of 98 in 2021. Recently, Saira Banu, the wife of the late Dilip Kumar, uncovered archives from Dilip's past and came across a letter dedicated to Amitabh Bachchan. Upon the discovery, Saira promptly shared the letter with Amitabh today. Read the letter here.
On Instagram today, Amitabh Bachchan shared a letter penned by Dilip Kumar. “With tears of pride in her eyes Saira handed over the printout of your eloquent tribute to my work in your blog. I read it once, then again and again,” the letter read.
“As you yourself would be keenly aware, we actors are completely oblivious of ourselves and our surroundings while we perform and, even when we watch our work in the rushes shown to us, our senses and vision are trained to detect shortcomings more than accomplishments. That's the only way we know to improve and render performances that come close to our own satisfaction. And it is always the audience who have the absolute right to acclaim or reject our work, however hard we may have worked to achieve perfection and excellence,” read the letter.
The letter also featured a paragraph praising Amitabh Bachchan for his performance in the 2005 film, Black. “I can remember Black and, if I remember right, Saira and I were at a loss for words at the premiere night, especially after the curtain came down to express our myriad feelings of admiration for your outstanding performance. It is a pity the film missed the Oscar nomination. If any Indian actor, in my personal opinion, deserves the world's most coveted award, it is you,” read the letter.
Today, Amitabh Bachchan is celebrating Black's digital release, 19 years after its theatrical release. Black can now be viewed on Netflix.