When Dharmendra Wondered If He Can Be Like Dilip Kumar

In 1960 when Dharmendra debuted in Bollywood, Dilip Kumar was at the peak of his career

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When Dharmendra Wondered If He Can Be Like Dilip Kumar

Dharmendra debuted in Bollywood in 1960. (Image courtesy: Dharmendra)

New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. Dharmendra started his Bollywood journey 20 years after Dilip Kumar
  2. Dilip Kumar had a cameo in Dharmendra Anokha Milan
  3. Dharmendra is filming Yamla Pagla Deewana 3
Veteran actor Dharmendra is quite new to Instagram (he joined in August) but he knows how to make good use of the photo-sharing app. On Saturday, Dharmendra shared a mirror image picture of himself with a couplet, in which he said that often he'd ask himself: "Main Dilip Kumar ban sakta hun kya? (Can I be like Dilip Kumar?)" Dharmendra started his Bollywood journey two decades after Dilip Kumar. In 1960 when Dharmendra debuted in Arjun Hingorani's Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere, Dilip Kumar was at the peak of his career and in the same year he starred in the iconic film Mughal-e-Azam.

Take a look at Dharmendra's weekend musings here:
 


By the time Dharmendra started his cinematic journey, Dilip Kumar had proved his versatility by making dramatic films such as Devdas, Madhumati, Naya Daur, Andaz and Daag and comedy films such as Gopi. 12 years after his Bollywood debut, Dharmendra featured in Jagganath Chatterjee's Anokha Milan, in which Dilip Kumar featured in a cameo role. This was their only film together.

Dharmendra has featured in films such as Sholay, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Chupke Chupke, Do Chor, Aadmi Aur Insaan among many others. He was last seen in Har Pal (2009) and he's currently filming Yamla Pagla Deewana 3 with his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol.

Dilip Kumar, 94, last featured in 1998 film Qila. Dilip Kumar has been in and out of the hospital a few times in the last two years. He was treated for kidney related problem at a suburban Mumbai hospital in August. In December 2016, he was admitted because of a swollen leg and fever. In April 2016, he was hospitalised after complaining of respiratory problems.

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