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Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar--"The Tragedy King"

Dilip Kumar  is an Indian actor and a former Member of Parliament.He lives in Pali Hill, Bandra in Mumbai, India. 

He is commonly known as "Tragedy King", and is described as "the ultimate method actor" by Satyajit Ray.

Full Name :       DILIP  KUMAR
Real Name :      YUSUF KHAN
Date Of Birth :  1922
Height :             5'10"
Wife :                SAIRA BANU

Starting his career in 1944, Kumar's career has spanned five decades and over 60 films. He is widely considered to be the greatest actor in the history of Hindi Cinema. Kumar was the first actor to receive a Filmfare Best Actor Award and holds the record for the most number of Filmfare Awards won for that category along with Shahrukh Khan; 8 wins. He starred in a wide variety of roles such as the romantic Andaz (1949), the swashbuckling Aan (1952), the dramatic Devdas (1955), the comical Azaad (1955), the historical Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and the social Ganga Jamuna (1961). In 1976, Kumar had a five-year break from film performances. In 1981, he returned with a character role in the film Kranti and continued his career playing central character roles in films such as Shakti (1982), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991). His last film was Qila in 1998. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 for his contributions towards Indian cinema.

(1) Early life

Dilip Kumar was born Muhammad Yusuf Khan at Mohallah Khudadad, in Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar, British India (now Pakistan). He was born to a Pathan/Pakhtun Peshawari family with twelve children. His father, Lala Ghulam Sarwar, was a fruit merchant who owned large orchards in Peshawar and Deolali in Maharashtra near Nashik. The family relocated to Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1930s and in the early 1940s Yusuf Khan moved to Pune and started a canteen business and supplying dried fruits.

In 1943, actress Devika Rani, who was also the wife of the founder of the Bombay Talkies film studio, Himanshu Rai, helped Khan's entry into the Bollywood film industry. Hindi Author Bhagwati Charan Varma gave him the screen name Dilip Kumar and gave him the leading role in his film Jwar Bhata (1944). Devika Rani and her husband Svetoslav Roerich spotted Khan in one of Pune's Aundh military canteens.

(2) Career

His first film with Nisar Bhai and Hamed Bhai Jwar Bhata was released in 1944 which went unnoticed. His first major hit was the 1947 film Jugnu. He appeared in many hits thereafter including the romantic melodramas Mela (1948), Andaz (1949), Deedar (1951), Daag (1954), Devdas (1955), Yahudi (1958) and Madhumati (1958). These films established his screen image as the "Tragedy King".

He also played lighthearted roles in films such as Aan (1952), Azaad (1955) and Kohinoor (1960). In 1960 he portrayed Prince Salim in the historical film Mughal-e-Azam which as of 2008 was the second highest grossing film in Hindi film history.

In 1961 he produced and starred in Ganga Jamuna in which he and his real-life brother Nasir Khan played the title roles. This was the only film he produced. In 1962 British director David Lean offered him the role of Sherif Ali in his 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia, but Kumar declined the part.The role eventually went to Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor. His next film Leader (1964) was below average at the box office.In 1967 Dilip Kumar played a dual role of twins separated at birth in the hit film Ram Aur Shyam. His career slumped in the 1970s with films like Dastaan (1970) and Bairaag (1976) where he played triple roles failing at the box office.He took a five year hiatus from films from 1976 to 1981.

In 1981 he returned with the multi-starrer Kranti which was the biggest hit of the year.He went onto play character roles in hit films including Shakti (1982), Vidhaata (1982), Mashaal (1984) and Karma (1986).In 1991 he starred alongside veteran actor Raaj Kumar in Saudagar which was his last successful film.In 1993 he won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1996 he was attached to make his directorial debut with a film titled Kalinga but the film was shelved. In 1998 he made his last film appearance in the unsuccessful film Qila where once again he played dual roles as an evil landowner and his twin brother investigating his death. His films Mughal-E-Azam and Naya Daur were fully colorized and re-released in 2004 and 2008 respectively.

(3) Voices

Dilip Kumar had three voices during his Bollywood career.
* Talat mahmood Dilip Kumar's first voice
* Mukesh till 1958The Dilip-Mukesh combi had to break up because Mukesh was the main voice of his competitor Raj Kapoor
* Mohammed Rafi Dilip Kumar's main voice

(4) Public life

Dilip Kumar has been active in efforts to bring the people of India and Pakistan closer together. He has been a member of the upper house of Parliament since 2000.

He was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994. In 1998 he was awarded the Nishan-e-Pakistan, the highest civilian award conferred by the government of Pakistan. He is the second Indian to receive the award. At the time of the Kargil War, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray demanded Kumar return his Nishan-e-Pakistan, arguing that "He must return Nishan-e-Imtiaz following that country's blatant aggression on Indian soil."

Dilip Kumar refused, saying: "This award was given to me for the humane activities to which I have dedicated myself. I have worked for the poor, I have worked for many years to bridge the cultural and communal gaps between India and Pakistan. Politics and religion have created these boundaries. I have striven to bring the two people together in whatever way I could. Tell me, what does any of this have to do with the Kargil conflict?"

(5) Personal life

Kumar married actress and beauty queen Saira Banu in year 1966 when he was aged 44 and she was 22. His brothers are Nasir Khan, Ehsan Khan and Aslam Khan.Kumar's younger brother Nasir Khan was also an actor and appeared opposite him in Ganga Jamuna (1961) and Bairaag (1976).

(6) Ill health rumours

Around September 10, 2011 it surfaced that the health of Dilip Kumar is going on worsening. Some incredible tweets even mistakenly spread news of his death.

Later Dilip Kumar's wife Saira Banu, made a public statement that the actor is good in health and in high spirits. She quoted in a public statement:

 "I am releasing this statement with a tinge of displeasure because this is not the first time such a rumour has spread without any basis, reason or cause. I have been woken up from sleep at odd hours this time and on previous occasions by phone calls seeking to know the fact and my staff and close friends have also had to answer calls at odd hours just because some sadistic mind has been at work and has triggered a distasteful rumour."

Born in Peshawar as Yusuf Khan, Dilip Kumar was initiated into the world of arc lights and grease paint by the prime actress of his times, Devika Rani. After his debut in Jwar Bhata in 1944, he played a variety of characters over the span of six decades; but nostalgiaphiles venerated him as the monarch of tragedy. With Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand, he formed that star trinity of the 1950s backed with the success of motion pictures such as Andaz, Aan, Daag, Madhumati, Ganga Jamuna and Ram Aur Shyam. His performances in Oedipal dramas Deedar and Devdas are often regarded as the epitome of emoting.
Slender in physique once, today at the age of 72, this proud recipient of Dada Saheb Phalke award, is inevitably filled-out. But the charisma lingers, the eyes have the same inquiring gaze, the voice has a cultured, mellow timbre. You cannot expect the same doomed romantic hero of yore, the smile that was always under the shadow of tragedy. His switch to comedy gave a new class to tomfoolery. His peers went on to become directors while Dilip Kumar turns director only now with the under-production Kalinga.

(7) Legacy and awards

* Dilip Kumar is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors in the history of Hindi Cinema.

* Dilip Kumar holds the Guinness World Record for having won the maximum number of awards by an Indian actor.

* He has received many awards throughout his career, including 8 Darsh Award for Best Actor awards and 19 nominations.

* He was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.

* The Government of India honoured him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 - the highest award for cinematic excellence in India.

* In 1980, he was appointed Sheriff of Mumbai, an honorary position.

* In 1991, he was awarded Padma Bhushan from the Government of India.

* In 1997, Kumar was awarded, Nishan-e-Pakistan, Pakistan's highest civilian award.

* He received in 1997 the NTR National Award.

* He was also awarded CNN-IBN Indian of the Year - Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

 Aaj ki raat mere


 Nain lad jai hain

(8) Filmography
Year                   Film                             Role                            Awards

1944               Jwar Bhata                      Jagdish 
1945               Pratima  
1947               Milan                               Ramesh 
                       Jugnu                               Sooraj
                       Shaheed                           Ram 
                       Nadiya Ke Paar  
1948               Mela                                Mohan 
                       Ghar Ki Izzat                   Chandan 
                       Anokha Pyar                    Ashok 
1949               Shabnam                          Manoj 
                       Andaz                               Dilip 
1950               Jogan                               Vijay 
                       Babul                               Ashok 
                      Arzoo                                Badal 
1951              Tarana                              Motilal 
                      Hulchul                             Kishore
                      Deedar                              Shamu 
1952              Sangdil                             Shankar 
                      Daag                                 Shankar                  Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
                      Aan Jai                             Tilak 
1953              Shikast                              Dr. Ram Singh 
                      Footpath                           Noshu 
1954              Amar                                Amarnath 
1955              Udan Khatola  
                      Devdas                             Devdas                   Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
                      Azaad                                                              Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1957              Naya Daur                        Shankar                  Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1958              Yahudi                             Prince Marcus 
                      Madhumati                      Anand/Deven           Nomination, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1959              Paigham                          Ratan Lal                  Nomination, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1960              Kohinoor                         Winner,                    Filmfare Best Actor Award
                      Mughal-E-Azam              Prince Salim 
1961              Gunga Jumna                    Gunga                      Nomination, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1964              Leader                             Vijay Khanna           Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1966              Dil Diya Dard Liya          Shankar/Rajasaheb  Nomination, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1967              Ram Aur Shyam               Ram/ Shyam            Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1968              Sunghursh                                                         Nomination, Filmfare Best Actor Award
                      Sadhu aur Shaitan  
                      Aadmi                             Rajesh/ Raja Saheb   Nomination, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1970              Sagina Mahato  
                      Gopi                                Gopi                          Nomination, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1972              Dastaan                           Anil/ Sunil 
                      Anokha Milan  
1974              Sagina                                                               Nomination, Filmfare Best Actor Award
                      Phir Kab Milogi  
1976              Bairaag                                                             Nomination, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1981              Kranti                              Sanga/Kranti 
1982              Vidhaata                          Shamsher Singh 
                      Shakti                              Ashvini Kumar         Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1983              Mazdoor                          Dinanath Saxena 
1984              Duniya                             Mohan Kumar 
                      Mashaal                           Vinod Kumar             Nomination, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1986              Dharam Adhikari  
                      Karma                             Vishwanath Pratap Singh, alias Rana 
1989              Kanoon Apna Apna         Collector Jagat Pratap Singh 
1990              Izzatdaar                          Brahma Dutt 
                      Aag Ka Dariya  
1991             Saudagar                           Thakur Veer Singh       Nomination, Filmfare Best Actor Award
1998             Qila                                   Jaganath/Amarnath Singh 
 Dilip Kumar's costars in movies

          AAG KA DARIYA            Dilip Kumar, Rekha
          SAGINA                            Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu
          SANGDIL                          Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Nutan
          TARAANA                        Dilip Kumar, Madhubala
          YEHUDI                            Sohrab Modi, Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari
1944  JWAR BHATA                  Mridula, Shamim, Aga Jaan
1947  NEEL KAMAL                  (intr.) Raj Kapoor, (intr.) Madhubala, Dilip Kumar
1948  MELA                                Dilip Kumar, Nargis
1949  ANDAZ                             Dilip Kumar, Nargis, Raj Kapoor
1950  JOGAN                              Dilip Kumar, Nargis, Rajendra Kumar
1951  DEEDAR                           Dilip Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Nargis
1952  AAN                                  Dilip Kumar, Nadira, Nimmi (first technicolor movie)
      DAAG                                   Dilip Kumar, Nimmi, Lalita Pawar
1953  FOOT PATH                     Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, Romesh Thapar
1955  AZAD                                Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, Pran
      DEVDAS                               Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Vijayanthimala
      INSANIYAT                          Dillip Kumar, Dev Anand
      UDAN KHATOLA                Dilip Kumar, Nimmi, Tun Tun
1957  MUSAAFIR                       David, Kishore Kumar, Dilip Kumar
      NAYA DAUR                        Dilip Kumar, Vijayanthimala, Johnny Walker
1958  MADHUMATI                   Dilip Kumar, Vijayanthimala, Pran
          YAHUDI                            Sohrab Modi, Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari
1959  AMAR                               Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Nimmi
      PAIGHAM                             Dilip Kumar, Vijayanthimala, Raaj Kumar
1960  KOHINOOR                      Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, Kumkum
      MUGHAL-E-AZAM              Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala
1961  GANGA JUMNA               Dilip Kumar, Vijayanthimala, Nazir Khan
1964  LEADER                            Dilip Kumar, Vijayanthimala
1966  DIL DIYA DARD LIYA     Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman, Pran
1967  RAAM AUR SHYAM        Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman, Rran
1968  AADMI                               Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman, Manoj Kumar
      SANGHURSH                        Dilip Kumar, Vijayanthimala, Balraj Sahni
1971  DASTAAN                         Dilip Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Bindu
1976  BAIRAAG                          Dilip Kumar, Helen, Sujit Kumar
1981  KRANTI                             Dilip Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor
1982  SHAKTI                             Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Smita Patil
      VIDHAATA                           Dilip Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar, Shammi Kapoor
1983  MAZDOOR                        Dilip Kumar, Nanda, Raj Babbar
1984  MASHAAL                        Dilip Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri
1985  DUNIYA                            Dilip Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Amrita Singh
1986  DHARAM                          Sridevi, Dilip Kumar
      KARMA                                 Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Jackie Shroff
1989  KANOON APNA APNA   Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Sanjay Dutt
1990  IZZATDAAR                     Dilip Kumar, Govinda, Madhuri Dixit
1991  SAUDAGAR                      Dilip Kumar, Raaj Kumar, (intr.) Vivek Mushran
1998  QILA                                  Dilip Kumar, Rekha, Mamta Kulkarni

(9) Interesrting facts

* Interestingly, Dilip Kumar refused Guru Dutt's Pyaasa (1957) feeling that the character of the poet Vijay in the film was just an extension of his role in Devdas.
* He also turned down 20th Century Fox's offer of The Rains Came and David Lean's offer of the role which ultimately went to Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and which made a major Hollywood star out of Omar Sharif.
However to quote Dilip Kumar, "In your own bazaar you enjoy a certain status. What's the point of venturing out into fields unknown where you have no say? No contact with the subject matter."
* Dilip Kumar's acting has inspired many Indian actors to try and copy his style but none have even remotely been able to match him. Which just goes on to prove that Dilip Kumar was, sorry... is truly one and one of a kind.
* In Ramesh Sippy's Shakti (1982),  his larger than life author-backed role confirmed his legendary status. It was yet another brilliant performance. To quote one of the writers of the film, Salim Khan...
"We were amazed that he has given a whole new dimension to the character we had written. It happens very rarely that you have a competent script and the film goes beyond what you imagined…Dilip Kumar understood the character and enhanced it his own way."

(10) Epitome of emoting

Born in Peshawar as Yusuf Khan, Dilip Kumar was initiated into the world of arc lights and grease paint by the prime actress of his times, Devika Rani. After his debut in Jwar Bhata in 1944, he played a variety of characters over the span of six decades; but nostalgiaphiles venerated him as the monarch of tragedy. With Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand, he formed that star trinity of the 1950s backed with the success of motion pictures such as Andaz, Aan, Daag, Madhumati, Ganga Jamuna and Ram Aur Shyam. His performances in Oedipal dramas Deedar and Devdas are often regarded as the epitome of emoting.
Slender in physique once, today at the age of 72, this proud recipient of Dada Saheb Phalke award, is inevitably filled-out. But the charisma lingers, the eyes have the same inquiring gaze, the voice has a cultured, mellow timbre. You cannot expect the same doomed romantic hero of yore, the smile that was always under the shadow of tragedy. His switch to comedy gave a new class to tomfoolery. His peers went on to become directors while Dilip Kumar turns director only now with the under-production Kalinga.



(A)   Mughal - E - Azam (1967)

Directed by-            K.asif
Produced by-           K. Asif
Written by-              Aman
                                Kamal Amrohi
                                Wajahat Mirza
                                Ehsan Rizvi
Music-                     Naushad
Lyrics-                     Shakeel Badayuni
Release Date-          5 August 1967 (Black & White)
Country-                   India

Language-                 Urdu
Budget-                     Rs.1,50,00,000
Box office-               Rs.5,50,00,000

*  Cast

Prithviraj Kapoor    as  Akbar
Dilip Kumar            as  Prince Salim
Madhubala              as  Anarkali
Durga Khote            as  Jodha Bai
Nigar Sultana          as  Bahar
Ajit                          as  Durjan Singh
M. Kumar                as  Sculptor Sangtaraash
Murad                     as  Raja Mann Singh
Jilloo Bai                as  Anarkali's Mother
Sheela Delaya         as  Suraiya, Anarkali's Sister
Jalal Agha               as  Young Prince Salim

Mughal-E-Azam  is a 1960 Indian historical epic film produced under the banner of Sterling Investment Corporation Pvt Ltd, and directed by K. Asif. With its unmatched production, K. Asif's magnum opus took nine years and $3 million to complete this movie. This was when a typical Bollywood film would cost around $200,000 only. The film created box office records in India when released and held the record for the highest grossing film ever until the 1975 film Sholay broke its unadjusted record.
In 2004, Sterling Investment Corp Pvt Ltd released a restored color version of the film. This again was a huge success and the film successfully completed 25 weeks at the Box Office.
This is one of the biggest box office hits in Indian cinema. The film netted 5.5 crore at the box office worldwide. Adjusted for inflation, this amounts to 132.7 crore. This was one of only two films K.Asif completed.



The film re-tells a popular Indian tale, which was previously filmed as Loves of a Mughal Prince (1928) and Anarkali (1953). It is loosely based on an episode in the life of the Mughal Prince Salim, who went on to become the Emperor Jahangir. In the movie, the great conqueror Akbar (r. 1556 - 1605) (played by Prithviraj Kapoor) and his Rajput wife, Jodha Bai (played by Durga Khote) pray to have a son. Akbar himself offers rituals, so that he may have a successor. The news of the son's birth is brought to Emperor Akbar by Anarkali's mother, a maid. Overjoyed at his prayers being answered, the Emperor gives to the maid his ring and promises to grant her any one wish she asks.
The son, Salim, grows up to be a weak and pleasure-loving prince, played by Dilip Kumar. Salim falls in love with Anarkali (Madhubala), a court-dancer. He wants to marry her and arranges secret meetings between Anarkali and himself. However, the jealous Bahaar, a dancer of a higher rank, wants the crown of India and she attempts to make the prince love her so she may ascend to queenship. She exposes the love between the Salim and the dancer Anarkali. Salim pleads for Anarkali's hand, but his father objects and throws Anarkali into prison. Despite imprisonment, Anarkali refuses to reject Salim.

Salim rebels against his father, is defeated in battle, and is sentenced to death. Before his sentencing, Akbar's subjects spontaneously erupt into a gathering and plead before the Emperor to not kill his only son, and the Empire's only prince.

Anarkali too pleads for Salim's life in exchange for her own, and is condemned to death by entombment alive. However, it is revealed to Akbar that he owed a favor to Anarkali's mother, since she informed him of the birth of his son. Anarkali's mother takes advantage of this, and begs for her daughter's life. The emperor relents, and arranges for Anarkali's secret escape into exile. Unfortunately, it is still announced that Anarkali was killed, and Salim is heartbroken.
Most tales of Salim and Anarkali end with the death of the latter, even though the movie version is slightly more optimistic. However, Salim is still left to believe that Anarkali is dead and the lovers are separated for the rest of their lives.


* Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya
* Mohe Panghat Pe
* Mohabbat Ki Jhooti Kahani
* Yeh Dil Ki Lagi Kam Kya Hogi
* Zindabad-zindabad Aiye Mohabbat Zindabad
* Jogan Ban Gayi


 (B) Naya  Daur

Directed by-     B.R.Chopra

Produced by-    B.R. Chopra

Written by-       Akhtar Mirza
                         Kamil Rashid

Music-              O.P.Nayyar

Lyrics-              Sahir Ludhianvi

Release-           1957 (black & white)

Re-release-       2007(coloured)

Box office -      Rs.5,40,00,000
Language-         Hindi

Starring-           Dilip Kumar
                         Vyjayanti Mala
                         Chand Usmani
                         Johny Walker
                         Baby Daisy Irani

(By the end of its theatrical run, Naya Daur collected around Rs. 5,40,00,000 thus becoming the second  highest grossing film of 1957 behind the critically acclaimed Mother India with the verdict.)



The film is set in post-independence India where industrialization is slowly creeping in. The focus is on tongawallahs who earn their living transporting people on tongas (horse carts). Their livelihood is threatened when the son of a rich landlord (Jeevan) begins operating a bus service in the town, which he subsidizes heavily with the sole intention of first driving the tongawallahs out of the town and then making profits.

Dilip Kumar plays one of the tongawallahs who petitions the landlord over this injustice. Jeevan's character proposes a competition to decide which service is the best: The bus or the tonga? It is decided that there will be a race between the vehicles. If the bus wins, the tongawallahs will not complain further. If the tonga wins, the bus service will stop. This competition was a farce from the start since nobody could dream that a horse cart could beat a machine. Kumar, however, accepts the challenge to everybody's surprise. His logic is that they would be driven to starvation if the bus service continues. This race at least gives them an opportunity to try to do something.

The rest of the tongawallahs do not share his hope. They blame him for his foolishness. In the end, he is left alone with nobody's support except his sweetheart, played by Vyjayanthimala. As the movie unfolds, a hopeless situation begins to turn around because of the way the people come together. Mishap after mishap occurs, but nothing can deter the determined. The highlight of the film is definitely the heart-stopping final race where the underdog wins.


* Ye Desh Hai Veer Jawno ka
* Uden jab jab Zulfein Teri
* Saathi Haath Badhana
* Reshmi Salwar Kurta Jaali Ka
* Main Bambai Ka Baabu
* Maang Ke Saath tumhara
* Aana Hai To Aa


(C)  Madhumati


* Directed by  - Bimal Roy
* Produced by-  Bimal Roy
* Written by-     Ritwik Ghatak
                          Rajendra Singh Bedi
* Music-            Salil Choudhury
* Lyrics-            Shailendra
* Editted by-      Hrishikesh Mukherjee
* Country-          India
* Language-       Hindi

Star Cast-

              * Dilip Kumar
              * Vyjayanti mala
              * Pran
              * Johny Walker

On a stormy night, Devendra (Dilip Kumar), an engineer, drives down a hill road with his friend, to fetch his wife and child from the railway station. A landslide blocks their path and the friends take shelter in an old mansion just off the road. Devendra finds the house uncannily familiar. In the large front room he finds an old portrait which he recognizes. His friend and the old caretaker join him, and Devendra, amidst flashes of memory from another life, sits down to tell his story while the storm rages outside.

 Anand (Dilip Kumar) had come to Shyamnagar Timber Estate as its new manager. An artist in his spare time, he roamed the hills and forests with his sketching pad and fell in love with Madhumati (Vyjayantimala), a tribal girl whose songs have haunted him from a distance. Soon Anand meets his employer, Ugranarayan (Pran), a ruthless and arrogant man. Anand refuses to bend down to him like the others, and incurs his wrath. Anand also has enemies among his staff who have been fudging the accounts till his arrival. Sent away on an errand suddenly, he returns to find that Madhumati has disappeared. Anand learns from Charandas how Madhumati had been taken to Ugranarayan in his absence. He confronts Ugranarayan whose men beat him unconscious. Anand's life is saved, but his mind wanders. One day in the forest he meets a girl who looks exactly like Madhumati. She says she is Madhavi (Vyjayantimala), but Anand refuses to believe her and is beaten up by her companions when he tries to plead with her. Madhavi finds a sketch of Madhumati in the forest and realizes he was speaking the truth. She takes the sketch to the rest house where Anand now stays and learns his story from Charandas.

Meanwhile Anand is haunted by the spirit of Madhumati who tells him that Ugranarayan is her killer. Seeing Madhavi at a dance recital where she dresses as a tribal girl, he appeals to her to pose as Madhumati and appear before Ugranarayan and help him get a confession out of him. She agrees.
Returning to Ugranarayan's palace, Anand begs permission to do a portrait of him. Next evening with a storm brewing outside Anand paints Ugranarayan. At the stroke of eight, Ugranarayan sees Madhumati in front of him. Shaken, and goaded by Madhumati, he confesses the truth. The police who have been waiting outside the room now come and take him away. Anand suddenly realizes that the questions the false Madhumati asked were on matters unknown to him. How did Madhavi know where Madhumati was buried? The girl just smiles and moves towards the stairs. Madhavi dressed as Madhumati rushes into the room. She is late, for the car failed on the way.

Anand realizes that Madhumati herself had come and runs up to the terrace where her ghost beckons him. She had fallen from the same terrace trying to escape Ugranarayan. Anand follows her falling to his death. Devendra's story is over. "But," he says "I finally did have Madhumati as my wife. In this life - Radha." Just then news comes that the train in which his wife was traveling has met with an accident.

The road has been cleared, and the two friends rush to the station. From one of the coaches, Devendra's wife Radha (Vyjayantimala) appears unhurt with her baby...


* Aaja re pardesi -                       Lata Mangeshkar

* Chadh gayo papi bichhua -        Lata Mangeshkar & Manna Dey

* Dil tadap tadap ke -                  Mukesh & Lata Mangeshkar

* Ghadi ghadi mora dil dhadke -  Lata Mangeshkar
* Hai bichhua hai re hai-              Lata Mangeshkar

* Ham haal-e-dil sunaenge -         Mubarak Begum
* Jungle mein mor naacha -          Mohammad Rafi

* Kancha le kanchi lai lajo -        Asha Bhonsle, Sabita Chowdhury & Ghulam Mohammad

* Suhana safar aur yeh mausam -  Mukesh
* Tan jale man jalta rahe -           Dwijen Mukherjee
* Toote huye khwabon ne  -         Mohammad Rafi
* Zulmi sang aankh ladi -             Lata Mangeshkar

Awards and nominations

Madhumathi was the record holder for the most awards (9) received by a film at the Filmfare Awards for 37 years until in the release of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

1959 Filmfare Awards

Filmfare Best Movie Award
Filmfare Best Director Award for Bimal Roy
Filmfare Best Music Director Award for Salil Choudhury
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Johnny Walker
Filmfare Best Art Direction for Sudhendu Roy

Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for Lata Mangeshkar singing "aa ja re pardesi"
Filmfare Best Editing Award for Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer for Dilip Gupta
Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue for Rajinder Singh Bedi


* Filmfare Best Actor Award for Dilip Kumar

* Filmfare Best Actress Award for Vyjayanthimala

* Filmfare Best Story Award for Ritwik Ghatak

1959 National Film Awards
* President's Silver Medal (Best Feature Film in Hindi)

* The film was also selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 31st          Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.


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