Bollywood’s very own Dilip Kumar has a long history of iconic performances. He entered Bollywood with his first movie ‘Jwar Bharat’ in the year 1944. Ever since he has been loved and praised for his successful body of work.
He has also led a life which was constantly in public eye. Let’s take a walk down memory and know more about the veteran actor and his life!
He was born on 11th December 1922, Muhammad Yusuf Khan in Pakistan.
Dilip Kumar holds the Guinness World Record for winning maximum number of awards by any Indian actor.
It was his role in the movies like Babul, Jagan, Deedar, Devdas, and Madhumati that got him the title of ‘Tragedy King’ in Bollywood.
The movie Jugnu in 1947 was Dilip Kumar’s first hit movie in Bollywood. It is because on this movie that he got all the name and fame from the audience.
Dilip Kumar married Saira Banu twice, and is still married to the veteran actress.
The actor has written an autobiography – Dilip Kumar: The Substance and The Shadow where he has shared some of the most intimate details about his life.
Sara Banu has written a foreword for his autobiography where she has revealed that Dilip Kumar used to love to imitate Helen’s cabaret performances.
Mrs Devika Rani, was the one to introduce him to movies. She was also the one to give him his Bollywood name- Dilip Kumar. At the time his salary was Rs. 1250 per month. An amount he was more than happy to receive.
Before marrying Sairia Banu, Dilip Kumar was in a romantic relationship with famous actress Madhubala. Their love story was one of the most famous Bollywood love stories.
Oscar winner filmmaker Satyajit Ray called Dilip Kumar the 'ultimate method actor'. He was the only actor of his time who introduced the concept of method acting in Bollywood.
We wish Dilip Kumar a very Happy 95th Birthday!
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