Dilip Kumar passed away on Wednesday (July 7) leaving a huge void that can never be filled. He was 98.
The actor has given us some of the most memorable films and one of them is Devdas. Directed by Bimal Roy, the film was a classic. In 2002, Shah Rukh Khan starred in Sanjal Leela Bhansali’s version of the infamous character. Comparisons were made and a lot was said about the film which actually did pretty well. Years later in 2012, at the launch of Nasreen Munni Kabir's book The Dialogue of Devdas, SRK admitted nobody can imitate the legendary Dilip Kumar. "You can't imitate Mr. Dilip Kumar. Whoever copies Dilip Kumar, they are idiots like me," He also said that it was "stupid" of him to star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas.
"I am not someone who would like to do something which has been so beautifully crafted. I have a very deep regard for the fact that my parents loved Devdas. I was very young and stupid that I said yes and did it, but as I am getting mature, hopefully, more intelligent, and perhaps would not be able to do it this time," the actor had said.
He went on to say that had he seen Dilip Saab's version of Devdas, he would have never mustered the courage to be a part of the 2002 movie. "Had we seen the film before making it, we would never had the guts to make it. Sanjay, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit we all felt that first, we should finish the film then we should watch it."
SRK even rolled out a red carpet at Zee Cine Awards for Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu and gave him a big hug.
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Interestingly, the 2002 film was not the only other adaptation of the Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel of the same name. In 2009, Anurag Kashyap also made his version called Dev.D which starred Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill and Kalki Koechlin. The film was well-received by the audience.
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