50 years back

A photograph of the triumvirate or the ‘trimoorthy’ taken on December 14th, 1960 at Raj Kapoor’s 36th birthday bash in Bombay. The photograph appeared in the January 1961 edition of the Filmfare magazine. 1961 marked the beginning of the end of the reign of the triumvirate, as new young stars such as Rajendra Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, and Sunil Dutt started delivering hits.

Dev, Raj and Dilip

A snap that appeared in Filmfare 1961 Jan edition

In fact, Raj Kapoor never delivered a solo hit again. His only major success for the rest of his acting career being Sangam (1964) which had Rajendra Kumar as his co-star.

Dev at 37, and Dilip who was 38 at that time had longer legs as matinee idols delivering some of their better films in later years. Raj, the original showman delivered landmark movies behind the camera for his home production such as Bobby, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Mera Naam Joker, Prem Rog, and Ram Teri Ganga Maili.

Dev had another 20 years as a busy leading man with some of his best work ahead such as Tere Ghar Ke Saamne, Guide, Jewel Thief, Johny Mera Naam, Des Paredes. He rightfully grabbed the mantle of evergreen hero, before venturing into an expensive, self-indugant hobby of making box-office duds created merely for his own satisfaction.

Dilip delivered hits such as Ganga Jamuna, Leader, Ram aur Shyaam during the next 10 years, before graduating to stellar character roles, maturing with age and time. In fact, he is the only leading man to have delivered at least a hit in every decade from 40s to 90s.

Raj died in 1988, Dilip has retired, Dev has not even slowed down.

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