MUMBAI: The Dilip Kumar autobiography which the mighty actor is co-authoring with veteran journalist Udayatara Nayar was meant to be released on the actor’s 90th birthday on 11 December.
It has now been pushed forward to May 2013 to coincide with a 100 years of cinema. Also, the co-author who is penning the book with Dilip Saab, and the actor’s wife Saira Banu have decided to add an entirely new product to the book.
A DVD containing all the memorable speeches of Dilip Kumar over the years. Says Udaytara, “We all know Dilip Saab as a great actor. But we also know that he’s a great orator and rhetorician. Over the years his speeches in various parts of the world have mesmerized listeners. Simply put, when Dilip Saab talks the world listens. We’ve therefore created a DVD of his speeches to go with the book.”
Significantly, the book would be an autobiography and not a biography. Explains Udaytara, “It will be Dilip Saab in the first person. He has been talking to me for the past three years for the book. So it’s his voice as put on paper by me.”
Apparently, the actor will speak forthrightly but gracefully about his personal life including the the legendary link-ups.
Interestingly the Thespian’s wife Saira Banu would be publishing the comprehensive Dilip Kumar biography. Some years ago on the occasion of the Big B Amitabh Bachchan’s 60th birthday Jaya Bachchan too had published a book on her husband.
One hears that after the Dilip Kumar biography, wife Saira Banu would also tell her life-story in a biography. It would be interesting to compare the two biographical accounts of the husband and wife.