The long awaited autobiography of Bollywood’s legendary actor Dilip Kumar, titled ‘The Substance And The Shadow’, was launched amidst great celebration by Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan along with veteran actress Saira Banu and author Udaya Tara Nayar. Held at the Grand Hyatt in Santa Cruz, the red carpet of the event saw many celebrities from all generations walk in for the momentous night.
Dilip Kumar’s wife Saira Banu looked resplendent in a green sari at the event which was hosted by Karan Johar. Right before the event, the pretty Saira Banu said, “Please pray that the dedication with which we have written the book, it is received by the readers in the same way. Every chapter in the book is important and you all will read something that you have not read before about him.”
The glitterati from B-town included Zeenat Aman, Farida Jalal, Danny Denzongpa, Vyjayanthi Mala, Subhash Ghai, RajkumarHirani, Ayan Mukerjee, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Kiran Rao and many more. But legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who is close to Dilip Kumar’s family and was slated to sing at the event, couldn’t make it due to her ill health as per the sources.
During the launch, Aamir said that he is the biggest fan of Yusuf Sahab and every time he sees Yusuf Sahab'sfilms he discovers something new in the actor. The perfectionist also recited a poem penned by Prasoon Joshi specifically for the occasion! Actress Priyanka Chopra who also walked the red carpet said that she was “honoured” to be a part of the memorable event. She said, “I’m so happy for them today. They have been close to my family for a long time. I have seen all his films and I really admire him.”
Also seen at the event was the dhak-dhak girl Madhuri Dixit who walked in with her husband Dr Sriram Nene. “Dilip Kumar is a legend in himself and it’s a big day. He has been an inspiration for everybody,” said Madhuri. Born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan, the veteran actor entered Bollywood way back in 1944 with the film “JwarBhata”. Now 91, Dilip Kumar has dedicated six decades of his life to the industry and has been a part of much applauded films like “Mela”, “NayaDaur”, “Devdas” and “Mughal-E-Azam”. His autobiography chronicles his life from his childhood days to present – the ups and downs in his life, his family, career, wife and more, as told by him to Nayar, who is a close family friend.