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Dilip Kumar: The Last Emperor (Charitavali Series)

Dilip Kumar: The Last Emperor (Charitavali Series)
Item Code: IDE840
Author: Sanjit Narwekar
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 8129103613
Pages: 152 (Color Illus: 16, B & W Illus: 90)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.3" X 9.3"
From the Jacket:

This is the story of a man with humble beginnings yet, one who reached out and came away with a fistful of magical stardust. From being dismissed for being a non-actor in his debut film Jwarbhata to creating a small oeuvre that is admired by critics and repeatedly studied by actors to this day, Dilip Kumar has become a legend in his own lifetime. His tumultuous early years saw him crave for love with a yearning bordering on passion but it was as if fate conspired to deny it to him, till the time he found it in Saira Banu, the woman he married. He translated his real ife angst into screen melodrama with such success that it brought him innumerable fans and the sobriquet of "Tragedy King". Although accused of being repetitive in his roles, he ensured that each of the characters was well delineated right down to the last nuance.

Discover Dilip Kumar, a man who won as many hearts as he broke, whose charm and appeal are everlasting and who continues to be a source of inspiration for several of his colleagues and later day actors.

About the Author:

Sanjit Narwekar is a National award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker who has written and lectured on Indian cinema since 1970. He has served on several juries and selection committees and has been a member of the Film Advisory Board. He has also delivered talks, and hosted interviews and magazine programmes for All India Radio and Doordarshan.

The Charitavali Series:

Charitavali is a series of biographies dedicated to the legendary figures of India. The series present the lives of great kings, freedom fighters, political thinkers social reformers, pioneers of industry, eminent scientists, philosophers, artists, musicians, dancers and film stars, writers and sport people.

These biographies have been written for the reader who is curious about the life, achievements and character of these legends. Full of fascinating stories and facts, written in an easy, story telling style, these biographies will make these great Indians and their times come alive for the reader.


1. Life in the Frontier City7
2. The Formative Years12
3. Discovering Films15
4. A Star in the Making26
5. Crafting the Image34
6. Significant Milestones46
7. Reworking the Image58
8. A Period of Triumph81
9. The Image Trap93
10. The Eligible Bachelor Succumbs100
11. The Ageing Hero107
12. Public Life Versus Private Life114
13. Putting Character in His Roles120
14. Pilgrimage to Peshawar127
End of Book Notes132
Awards & Honours144

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