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Bachchan Deserves An Oscar, Says Dilip Kumar

PTI [ Updated 14 Dec 2011, 22:57:32 ]
Bachchan Deserves An Oscar, Says Dilip Kumar

New Delhi, Dec 14: Bollywood legendary Dilip Kumar has said that the one actor in the industry who deserves an Oscar is Amitabh Bachchan.

Dilip Kumar, who has worked with Bachchan only once in 1982 release ‘Shakti’, says after watching the film ‘Black’ he had tears in his eyes and felt sad that the movie missed an Oscar nomination.

In his blog addressed to Bachchan, Dilip Kumar wrote, “In recent times I can remember Black and, if I remember right, Saira (Banu) and I were at a loss for words at the premiere night, after the curtain came down, to express our myriad feelings of admiration for your outstanding performance. 

“It is a pity the film missed the Oscar nomination. If any Indian actor, in my personal opinion, deserves the world’s most coveted award, it is you.”

The actor, who recently celebrated his 89th birthday in presence of many Bollywood celebrities, wrote the piece after Bachchan praised the veteran actor on his own blog, calling him “my idol”.

“I am certainly privileged to know from your affectionate compliments that someone as knowledgeable and competent as you has liked my work. Yes, now that you have reminded me, I can recall the scenes that brought us together before the cameras for Shakti. I should say the respect and admiration are mutual,” Dilip Kumar added.

Following is the blog that Dilip Kumar wrote on Amitabh :

On Amitabh and my admiration

My Dear Amitabh:

With tears of pride in her eyes Saira handed over the print out of your eloquent tribute to my work in your blog. I read it once, then again and again.

As you yourself would be keenly aware, we actors are completely oblivious of ourselves and our surroundings while we perform and, even when we watch our work in the rushes shown to us, our senses and vision are trained to detect shortcomings more than accomplishments. That’s the only way we know to improve and render performances that come close to our own satisfaction. And it is always the audience who have the absolute right to acclaim or reject our work, however hard we may have worked to achieve perfection and excellence.

I am certainly privileged to know from your affectionate compliments that someone as knowledgeable and competent as you has liked my work. Yes, now that you have reminded me, I can recall the scenes that brought us together before the cameras for Shakti. I should say the respect and admiration are mutual. Not just Shakti, your work in several films I have watched has been world class and inimitable. In recent times I can remember Black and, if I remember right, Saira and I were at a loss for words at the premiere night, after the curtain came down, to express our myriad feelings of admiration for your outstanding performance. It is a pity the film missed the Oscar nomination. If any Indian actor, in my personal opinion, deserves the world’s most coveted award, it is you. I have heard so much about Paa which we didn’t catch up with.  You know how Saira is—she never could see me die in my films and she could not muster the courage to see your death scene in Paa.

Thank you, Amitabh, for your warm love and good wishes. May God keep you, Jaya and your family happy always.

DK

Posted by Dilip Kumar at 5:09 PM 52 comments
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What Mr Bachchan tweets after reading Dilip Sahab’s post:

SrBachchan Amitabh Bachchan

T 590 -My smile today has not left my face .. and my ultimate inspiration Dilip Kumar Saheb is responsible for it ..

2 hours ago 

SrBachchan Amitabh Bachchan

T 590 - Dilip Kumar my idol and inspiration writes below ... I truly need no other endorsement

2 hours ago 

SrBachchan Amitabh Bachchan

T 590 -... No critic, no colleague, no other opinion or award matters .. your endorsement, Dilip Saheb today is the ultimate for me ..

2 hours ago 

SrBachchan Amitabh Bachchan

T 590 -Dilip Saheb ! you have no idea what you have done today ! Your words for me, mean I can live and die in peace now ..

2 hours ago 

SrBachchan Amitabh Bachchan

T 590 -The one actor that has been my inspiration, one that has always surpassed my expectations of him, his talent boundless and limitless!

2 hours ago 

SrBachchan Amitabh Bachchan

T 590 - I do not care what anyone says, but this retweet of Dilip Saheb's Blog on me is beyond Godliness .. Just so overwhelmed ! No words !

2 hours ago 

 
TheDilipKumar Dilip Kumar Retweeted by SrBachchan

My Blog: Amitabh and my admiration (@SrBachchan) thedilipkumar.mouthshut.com

4 hours ago 


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Earlier…Mr Bachchan praised the veteran actor on his own blog, calling him "My Idol".
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Posted on: December 11, 2011 - 2:19 am

Comments: 293

Jalsa , Mumbai                                     Dec 10/11,  2011                              Sat/Sun  1:54 AM

Its a celebration for the greatest, on the eve of his birthday. He will turn 89 tomorrow, the 11th of December. Exactly 20 years older to me by birth and exactly 2000 years ahead of me in our common vocation. He is my idol and has been since the day I first saw his work. He has been an inspiration not just for me but I am certain to thousands of those that have ever dreamt of facing a camera for the art form called cinema. His presence his aura and his dedication to film shall be documented as ‘before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar’. He set fresh norms of performance in his acts of excellence, faultless and beyond any kind of improvement. His greatest quality was his connect with those that stood before him in the frame to act. His strength of delivery and his strength of connect with any character he portrayed has been unique and unsurpassable. On the eve of his birthday, I wish him good health and a long life of peace and happiness. He was the best and still is.