Mumbai: With the passing of the legendary actor Mohammed Yusuf Khan — who dominated hearts as Dilip Kumar — the original `Punjabi Troika of the Indian movie business has pale into oblivion.
The trio — Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, and Raj Kapoor — all unmatched maestros of their artwork — symbolized what’s thought to be the ‘Golden Era’ of the Hindi movie business.
Hailing from Punjab in undivided India, they opted for a profession within the then-fledgling Indian movie business in distant Bombay (now, Mumbai), and excelled, usually par excellence?
This was the unusual, menacing, unforgiving, massive, dangerous metropolis referred to as Bombay the place one other legend Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, revered now as `Dadasaheb Phalke`, sowed the primary seeds of movie making at a constructing in Dadar, in 1912.
Later, Phalke scripted display screen historical past along with his first full-length black-and-white movie, “Raja Harishchandra” (May 03, 2013) – heralding the start of the Indian Film Industry, which has blossomed into the most important on the planet, 77 years after his loss of life (February 16, 1944), bagging even Oscars en route.
It was on this very `Mayanagri` that many dreamy-eyed kids, girls and boys, descended from throughout, and proceed to take action until date for his or her `tryst with filmy future`.
Many trooped right here harbouring ambitions to turn out to be heroes, heroines, villains, vamps, administrators, producers, cameramen, singers, dancers, music administrators, or one of many many departments of film-making.
Peshawar neighbourhood buddies Dilip Kumar (b. 1922) and Raj Kapoor (b. 1924) additionally got here right here and even Dev Anand (b. 1923) from Gurdaspur adopted go well with — all three overcame enormous hurdles earlier than getting a toehold within the magical world of celluloid — splashing their very own ‘Punjabi tadka’ to the Bollywood potboilers!
Raj Kapoor began as a baby star after which broke into the large league with “Neelkamal” (1947), Dilip Kumar launched with “Jwar Bhata” (1944), and Dev Anand in “Hum Ek Hain” (1946) all after the good Phalke had departed from the scene.
After the preliminary hiccups, there was no wanting again for the ‘Troika’, and generations across the nation seemed as much as it for whipping up a feast of healthful, memorable, musical leisure.
Between the 1950-Seventies, they lorded over the movie business with their `larger-than-life` photos, their distinct personalities, characters they enacted, distinctive types or mannerisms, their onscreen and even off-screen chemistry with most of the dream-girls of that period who rotated with them in several movies, and many others.
Though they remained skilled rivals, they had been nice friends stuffed with camaraderie of their non-public lives, unknown to the lots.
Each of them grew to become immortal with their signature performances Raj Kapoor (“Awara” 1951), Dilip Kumar (“Mughal-e-Azam” – 1960), and Dev Anand (“Guide” – 1965) although the trio has left behind a treasure chest of a whole lot of different nice movies.
Surprisingly, Dilip Kumar labored with each Raj Kapoor (“Andaz” – 1949) and Dev Anand (“Insaniyat” – 1955), although Kapoor-Anand by no means labored collectively, nor did the trio function in any movie collectively.
Subsequently, there have been others who carved a distinct segment for themselves like Ashok Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Balraj Sahni, Jeetendra Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra Deol, Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, and extra not too long ago the Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and plenty of extra.
Nevertheless, the glowing legacy of Dilip Kumar (98), Dev Anand (88), and Raj Kapoor (63) will proceed to encourage many future generations of actors and filmmakers for hundreds of years.