Kjo to host, Lata to sing at Dilip Kumar’s autobiography launch


Legendary actor Dilip Kumar’s long awaited biography has been scheduled to be released on 9th June. As expected, a galaxy of stars will descend on the event that night. Earlier it was confirmed that Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan will attend the occasion. Now reports have come in that this very special book launch will be hosted by Karan Johar and India’s nightingale voice Lata Mangeshkar will light the inaugural lamp. She will also be singing a few lines in honor of the great actor.  This mega event will be held at a five star hotel in Mumbai and it is being arranged and managed by three agencies- Astrus Talent and Event Management, MOH Entertainment and Samara Productions.

Unfortunately, Dilip Kumar himself may not be able to attend the event because of his declining health.  He will be represented by his wife, yesteryear actor and beauty queen, Saira Banu. The author of the biography ‘Substance And Shadow’ is Kumar’s close friend Uday Tara Nayar. The book was supposed to launch last year, 11th December on the actor’s birthday. But the actor suffered a heart attack in September and the launch was postponed. The list of people who have been invited for the event is really illustrious and includes- Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani, Kamal Haasan, Hema Malini, Madhuri Dixit, Vidya Balan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra.

What is more exciting is that the attending stars will not be just mere spectators but will actively take part in the event. After the inauguration by Lata Mangeshkar, several performances have been scheduled. Aamir Khan will be reciting a poem written by lyricist Prasoon Joshi and Amitabh Bachchan will read out a paragraph from the book. Veteran actors Dharmendra and Vyjayanthimala will be giving short speeches in honor of the thespian. They are likely to be joined by Saira Banu on stage. Shaan and Javed Ali will make the evening musical by belting out renditions of the evergreen hits of Dilip Kumar. A special video, combining audio, visual and 3D mapping, will be presented in front of the guests that will take them on a journey of the great actor’s long career.

Dilip Kumar is unanimously acknowledged as one of the greatest actors in India’s history. He holds the record of winning the most number of Filmfare best actor awards. Some of his best films are ‘Devdas’, ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, ‘Ganga Jamuna’, ‘Shakti’ and ‘Saudagar’. Dilip Kumar has been named ‘the ultimate method actor’ by the late great director Satyajit Ray.


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