Devdas is widely regarded as one of the greatest Indian movies ever made. It revolved around the romantic journey and emotional downfall of a young man from an influential family. An adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel of the same name, it received positive reviews, emerging as an evergreen classic. The film is also credited for establishing Kumar as the ‘Tragedy King’ of Indian cinema.
In 1960, the historical film Mughal-e-Azam, where he played the role of Salim became a blocbuster, and up until 2008, it was the second highest grossing film in the history of Bollywood. In the historical drama, he played the role of Salim and brought a new dimension to the love scenes he enacted with Madhubala who played Anarkali. The iconic piece of cinema was helmed by K Asif and produced by Shapoorji Pallonji.
Ram Aur Shyam
In 1967 with Ram Aur Shyam, Kumar for the first time played a double role. After a bad spell at the box office for a few years, Dilip Kumar came back with a bang with Ram Aur Shyam. It was a major hit.
The famous film by Bimal Roy, starred Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala. It was one of the earliest films to deal with reincarnation and had a gothic noir feel to it. The legendary actor’s performance in the film is among the best ones.