ollywood actors who have delivered exemplary performances in the past, have one thing in common: They all have a handwritten letter from Amitabh Bachchan. The actors consider these letters equivalent to awards.
Recently, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone received letters from Big B, after he saw their performances in Padmaavat.
Interestingly, there is one letter, that Amitabh Bachchan holds dear. And that's a letter from his idol, Dilip Kumar.
Big B wrote, "T 2604 - 13 Years of BLACK .. and the greatest compliment from my idol Dilip Saheb, Dilip Kumar - Yusuf Khan ! .. the history of the Indian Film Industry shall always be referred to as '.. before Dilip Kumar; and after Dilip Kumar .."
T 2604 - 13 Years of BLACK .. and the greatest compliment from my idol Dilip Saheb, Dilip Kumar - Yusuf Khan ! .. the history of the Indian Film Industry shall always be referred to as '.. before Dilip Kumar; and after Dilip Kumar ..' pic.twitter.com/QEhnGiSpvh
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) February 4, 2018
As his film Black, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and co-starring Rani Mukerji, completed 13 years, Bachchan took to Twitter to again share the letter written by Kumar a few years ago.
Bachchan played the role of an Alzheimer patient in the film, who was a tutor to Rani Mukerji's character.
In the letter, Dilip Kumar wrote, "With tears of pride in her eyes Saira handed over the print out of your (Big B) eloquent tribute to my work (Dilip Kumar) in your blog. I read it once, then again and again... 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."
About Black, Kumar wrote, "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."
Bachchan and Dilip Kumar have worked together only once, in Ramesh Sippy's Shakti (1982), where Kumar played Bachchan's father.