By Mohammad Azeemullah
An award is a certificate of excellence given to a person for his/her valuable contribution in a particular field. The major purpose of it is to recognize and honor individuals’ talent and dedication to the cause they live for.
The 93-year-old legendary actor, Dilip Kumar, was presented the Padma Vibhushan by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence on December 13, 2015 for his extraordinary work in the field of Hindi Cinema.
At the moment when one of the highest civilian awards of India was given to him, he could barely lift his hand to receive it. He could hardly smile. He could hardly feel the spirit of award and could hardly acknowledge the purpose why was it presented to him.
The announcement to honour Dilip Kumar was made by the government of India on January 25, 2015.
Due to ill-health, the actor could not attend the special function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Why is the prestigious award like Padma Vibhushan not given to an icon during the prime time of his life?
Dilip Kumar popularly known as the ‘tragedy king of Bollywood’ was the Shah Rukh Khan of his time.
He starred in films of a variety of genres 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).
He also did films like Kranti (1981), Shakti (1982), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991).
He stopped playing a leading role long back possibly 30 years back. The reputation he earned as Dilip Kumar was for his acting in films during 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Why does the system in India not wake up to the prime time to honor an individual to enjoy the Award or Medal with?
The tragedy of award to Dilip Kumar is the tragedy of our rotting assessments and conformist traditions. Many others such as a living public icon Atal Biharee Vajpaee, the yesteryear actor Raj Kapoor have met the similar fate of tragedy of award being presented to them.
It is time we rise to the occasion of time to pay respect to those individuals who live and only live for the work they are born.
Let the award that is presented bring life, spirit and zeal to the individuals who still perform to excellence.