Book Review Dilip Kumar (The Substance and the Shadow, An Autobiography)

Writer Dilip Kumar

Writer Hay Home India

Pages 450

Value Rs 699 / –

ISBN 9789381398869

It was midsummer and the climate was sizzling and humid in Mumbai and the incident dates again to the yr 2004. Dilip Sahab was serving to Saira Banu rearrange the books on the bookshelf in her bed room when he occurred to choose up a e-book written by an writer who claimed to have identified Dilip Kumar higher than nobody else did. "That is imagined to be my biography and it is filled with distortions and misinformation" stated Dilip Sahab to Saira. Pat got here the reply from Saira "Why don’t you write the story of your life your self?" This was one thing Saira all the time stored insisting Dilip Sahab to write down down his personal autobiography.

The perseverance stored by each Dilip Sahab and Saira Ji unfold over a decade witnessed thespian Dilip Kumar's autobiography titled 'The Substance and the Shadow' that chronicles his life since start. The title says as one walks in life their shadow grows bigger than the precise picture. Equally, Yousuf Khan the substance turned greater as Dilip Kumar as his shadow.

The e-book has been revealed by Hay Home India. The narration for placing Dilip Sahab's erudite phrases on paper has been achieved meticulously by Udayatara Nayar who is understood for her lengthy affiliation of just about half a century with Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu. Whereas Udayatara was new on the planet of Cinema Journalism she had written an extended analytical article on Dilip Sahab in one of many problems with Display. Dilip Sahab then spoke to the previous editor of Display SSPillai: "Groom her, make her work onerous and she is going to go locations. Little did she knew that future would make this occur for her in actual life too and that she could be chosen for Dilip Sahab's e-book.

Compulsive Reader

Studying the e-book I used to be impressed on studying that Dilip Sahab other than being a prolific actor has additionally been a compulsive reader. Be it novels, performs or biographies his love of traditional literature has been most outstanding. Because the e-book says, "When he reads, he is sort of a little one engrossed in his favourite sport unwilling to place it away till repeatedly Saira Ji pleads him to relaxation." He’s all the time engrossed be it writing a script or scene that waits to be picturized the subsequent day morning. He has the behavior to underline the sentences with pencil that aroused curiosity in him and jotted down notes in inexperienced ink within the margins in his elegant handwriting.

As Dr. RCSharma reminiscences on this e-book Dilip Sahab reads voraciously on all topics together with drugs. He as soon as additionally addressed a medical convention and all of them from the medical fraternity recognized spellbound to his speech which was full with details about the most recent developments within the area. No one might inform that Dilip Kumar was an actor and that drugs was not his focus.

Energy of Dressing

Dilip Sahab's communication is simply not verbal it is usually mirrored in his energy of dressing. He believes within the follow of self-discipline his garments are lined up and stored coloration smart: "White is white and off-white is off-white" one thing he’s completely clear off. Dilip Sahab's adores his lovely assortment of sneakers, fits and ties too. Down the years Saira Ji admits to have learnt from him Dilip Sahab the best manner of sustaining this stuff. She has additionally mastered the artwork of going by numerous steps to attain a superb polish for the beautiful Dilip Kumar footwear wrapped in covers to maintain off moisture.

Dedication to Craft

Dilip Kumar son of a Pathan fruit service provider had a dusty earthy upbringing from mother and father who all the time used to inform him that he needs to be devoted to his occupation regardless of the chosen craft could also be and certainly earn his wages. His onerous work and dedication to the craft was by no means missing. Robust sense of integrity, dedication and compassion got here naturally for this nonagenarian from the Pathan genes.

The newly launched autobiography Dilip Kumar: The Substance and the Shadow by Hay Home India provides the readers wealth of complete data skilled by Dilip Sahab who started as a diffident novice in Hindi cinema within the early 1940s and later went on to realize the head of stardom inside a short while along with his spellbinding performances. A profession spanning over six a long time that was based mostly on his progressive capability, willpower and sheer onerous work. To sum it up Dilip Kumar: Thespian, Connoisseur of Arts, Voracious Reader and Highlyifted Multicultural Orator. I’m optimistic readers would discover this e-book enlightening.

Source by Niilesh A Raje