Biography|August 11, 2012 8:30 am

Dilip Kumar Biography

Dilip Kumar was born on 11 December 1922, as Muhammed Yusuf Khan and is an Indian film actor and a former Member of Parliament. He made debut as an actor in the movie Jwar Bhata (1944), produced by Bombay Talkies. He is also known as Tragedy King, and is described as “the ultimate method actor” by Satyajit Ray. In a blog post, leading Indian actor, Amitabh Bachchan has described Dilip Kumar as the greatest actor ever.

Dilip Kumar’s career has spanned six decades and over 60 films. Critics acclaimed him among one of the greatest actors in the history of Hindi cinema. Dilip Kumar is the first actor to receive a Filmfare Best Actor Award (1954) and shares the record for the most number of Filmfare awards won for that category with Shahrukh Khan, (eight wins). The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 for his contributions towards Indian cinema. 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).

In 1976, Dilip Kumar took a five-year break from film performances and returned with a character role in the film Kranti (1981) and continued his career playing central character roles in films such as Shakti (1982), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991). His last film was Qila (1998). Dilip Kumar has acted with actress Vyjayanthimala the most, where they both had acted seven films together including the former’s home production Gunga Jamuna resulting in great on-screen chemistry and an alleged affair between them.

Dilip Kumar was born as “Muhammad Yusuf Khan” on 11 December 1922, in Peshawar now in Pakistan), British India. He was born into a Hindko family, and his father, Lala Ghulam Sarwar, was a fruit merchant who owned orchards in Peshawar and Deolali (in Maharashtra, India). In the late 1930’s his family of 12 members relocated to Bombay (now Mumbai). Around 1940 Dilip Kumar left home for Pune where he started his career as a canteen owner and a dry fruit supplier. In 1943, actress Devika Rani, and her husband Himanshu Rai who owned Bombay Talkies spotted Dilip Kumar in Aundh military canteens Pune, and cast him with a lead role in their film Jwar Bhata (1944), which marked Dilip Kumar’s entry into the Bollywood film industry. Hindi author Bhagwati Charan Varma gave him the screen name Dilip Kumar.

Dilip Kumar was very choosy, and turned down lead roles in many films which eventually were released to great box office success, including Lawrence of Arabia, Pyaasa, The Rains Came and Sangam.

Dilip Kumar married actress and beauty queen Saira Banu in year 1966 when he was aged 44 and she was 22. Dilip Kumar married Asma, a divorcee from Hyderabad in 1982. They later divorced within 2 years. His brothers are Nasir Khan, Ehsan Khan and Aslam Khan. Dilip Kumar’s younger brother Nasir Khan was also an actor and appeared opposite him in Ganga Jamuna (1961) and Bairaag (1976), he was married to actress, Begum Para, though he died in 1974, at the age of 49.

Around September 10, 2011 it surfaced that the health of Dilip Kumar is worsening. Some incredible tweets even mistakenly spread news of his death. Later Dilip Kumar’s wife Saira Banu, made a public statement that the actor is good in health and in high spirits. .Finally, Dilip Kumar launched his Twitter account. His first tweet was on his 89th Birthday on 11 Dec. 2011. His tweets are eloquent and inspirational.

Dilip Kumar is widely considered to be one of the greatest actor in the history of Hindi cinema. Kumar holds the Guinness World Record for winning the maximum number of awards by an Indian actor.He has received many awards throughout his career, including 8 Filmfare Best Actor awards and 19 Filmfare nominations. He was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993,
Dilip Kumar was appointed Sheriff of Mumbai (an honorary position) in 1980, the Government of India honored Kumar with the Padma Bhushan (a third highest civilian award) in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994. The Government of Andhra Pradesh honored Kumar with NTR National Award in 1997. The Government of Pakistan conferred Kumar with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (a highest civilian award in Pakistan) in 1997. He was honored with CNN-IBN Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

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