Naseeruddin Shah acknowledges Dilip Kumar’s undoubted greatness, says, he ‘didn’t do enough’ for cinema

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Published by Sagarika Patil on 13 Jul 2021

Veteran actor Dilip Kumar passed away on 7th July and left the whole film Industry with a heavy heart. Late Dilip Saab was going through prolonged illness and it was the cardiac arrest that took him. When the whole country mourned after his passing away, Naseeruddin Shah wrote an opinionated piece on Late Dilip Saab’s contributions to Indian Cinema.

In an Indian express article, Shah wrote a long piece on close observations he did on Dilip Kumar’s filmology. While acknowledging his great performances, Naseer pointed out why the late actor chose to play safe the way he did’, despite being a star and ‘immaculate’ at his craft.

The Masoom actor wrote “Some of those works doubtless will survive the test of time but, given the position he was in, it is more than evident he didn’t do enough apart from acting and being involved in social causes close to his heart. He produced only one film, didn’t direct any (officially at least), never passed on the benefit of his experience, didn’t bother to groom anyone, and apart from his pre-1970s performances, left behind no significant lessons for future actors; even his autobiography is but a rehash of old interviews,”

Praising the ‘consummate characterisations, the dignified deportment, the mellifluous diction, the controlled but roiling emotionality’ of Dilip Saab, Shah further wrote, “It’s baffling why a man as conscious of his place in history as he was should be reluctant to record his interaction with some of the admittedly great filmmakers of his time or say anything really informative about the nature of his work and technique. I wish, at some point, he had at least been forthright about the travails involved in retaining legions of devoted fans.

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