Bharat Ratna for Dilip Kumar?

Wed, December 19, 2012 6:30pm IST by
Bharat Ratna for Dilip Kumar?

Cineswami tells us about filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s petition to the government for considering veteran actor Dilip Kumar for India’s highest civilian honour

Indian acting legend Dilip Kumar, 90, might get a Bharat Ratna if Mahesh Bhatt has his way. Not used to being out of the limelight for long, the loudmouthed Bhatt is finally employing his considerable energies for a good cause. The Bhatt has begun a petition to this end and he is supported by a who’s who of Bollywood. The list is long and wide. Supporters include Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Aamir Khan, Yash Chopra (before he passed away obviously), Mammootty, Rakesh Roshan, Subhash Ghai, Chiranjeevi, Ramesh Sippy, Kajol, Priyanka Chopra and Mukesh Bhatt.

Mahesh Bhatt said: Dilip Kumar, the icon is as old as the Indian film industry. He is the symbol of secular India and has an unmatched career record spanning from pre-Independence years till the last decade.”

Bhatt and some of his younger lights that understand social media have started a Facebook page that plugs Dilip Kumar for India’s highest civilian honour. The number of supporters on the page has crossed a thousand. Lesser lights Bhatt have signed the petition include Rajeev Khandelwal, Randeep Hooda, Salma Agha, Runa Laila, Mukul Dev and Khalid Mohamed.

Bhatt is a self appointed spokesperson for the people of India as a statement on the Facebook page proves. It goes: “The people of India would like to send their fervent request to the Government of India to confer the prestigious Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, to the best actor in the country, Shri Dilip Kumar.”

Bhatt seriously, let’s hope that the Government listens.

Meanwhile, if there was any doubt to the contrary, let it be laid to rest now. The Italians have officially lost it – at least, their tourism board has. The Italian region of Puglia has named a travel itinerary after the hack producer Sajid Nadiadwala who is soon to turn hack director with hack actor Salman Khan’s Kick. Looks like they are hoping to kickstart Indian tourism in the region in the same way that Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara boosted Indian tourist numbers in Spain. But the Italians are missing a trick here. They clearly don’t know that Nadiadwala is spending over Rs 150 crore for his next two films in, wait for it, London, which, the last time Cineswami checked, was in the United Kingdom and not in Italy.

Finally, to Lollywood, our poor cousins in the west where Pakistani producers have threatened to go on hunger strike if the release of Indian films is not severely curtailed. Their contention is that the glitzy product from Bollywood is curtailing growth of the Pakistani film industry that is already in the doldrums and indeed is squeezing the life juice from it. We understand your pain, children, but there is such a thing as consumer choice and another called a free market. Look those terms up. In the meantime, live with Bollywood or die a natural death. And take hope in the fact that your cricket team as of today is probably marginally better than ours.

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  • Raghav

    Really ? Is this is new article or bashing Dilip Kumar and people who wants to see him honored with the highest award of our country ? Being a news website (if u r really one ethically) please do some research on this great man, his contribution to Indian Cinema and country… Stop looking at things from a communal perspective always … please for god sake… enough of this crap please… Country has gone to dogs and u guys are adding fuel to fire… Very disappointed to see such reporting… Thank god I don’t live in that country anymore where we just look at people from a RELIGIOUS POINT OF VIEW… Feel sad for all our great freedom fighters and their fight to free India.. Shame on you….

    • ib

      Dilip saheb deserves bharat ratna and all the top awards

  • farrukh

    I always read your website for bollywood news as your news items are interesting and informative. But this article smacks of communalism.I wish you could rise above these concerns when talk about such luminaries and distinguished persnolaties like dilip kumar who do not belong to any aprticular community but to entire nation.It was sad and disheartening to read this from your website.

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  • Dr.M.Shakil Siddiqui

    Dilip Kumar is really the greatest actor of Hindi Cinema.
    The people like him are not born daily but he is the TAJ MAHAL of great Indian Film Industry.
    He certainly deserves Bharat Ratan award.

  • Zain Kazmi

    What the hell !!!!!!!!!!! if Sachin Tendulkar (Indian Cricketer) got India’s highest Civilian honor Bharat Ratna , then how come the great Kamal Haasan was neglected for the honor . Kamal completed 50 years in Indian Cinema , Kamal also made the similar impact in Indian Cinema as Sachin has made in Cricket or either Al Pacino has made in American Cinema . I think Kamal Haasan is the only Indian actor who is capable for this honour if the Indian Government decided to give the Bharat Ratna to the entertainer of Cinema . The man who dedicated the whole of his life to Cinema , the man who didn’t only focused on acting but also in directing or any other filmmaking aspects , the man who mostly showed his versatility in his onscreen roles rather than the repetitive ones , the only actor who also represented his films worldwide to the American Academy Awards or Oscars . A Die hard Kamal Haasan fan .