Dilip Kumar

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Dilip Kumar born as 'Muhammad Yusuf Khan' on December 11, 1922 is an Indian film actor. He is considered to be one of the greatest actor in Hindi Cinema. He was born to 'Lala Ghulam Sarwar', a fruit merchant. He have twelve siblings. His screen name, Dilip Kumar is given by Hindi author 'Bhagwati Charan Varma'. His family moved to Mumbai in the late 1930s. He has worked as a dry fruit supplier and a canteen owner at 'Aundh military canteens' in 1940, when he shifted to Pune. He made his acting debut in Himanshu Raj's Bollywood Film, 'Jwar Bhata' in 1944. He established as a actor through his major hit film, 'Jugnu' in 1947. He is known as a 'Tragedy King' because he has starred in various films in a tragic roles like 'Deedar', 'Yahudi', 'Madhumati', 'Devdas' and 'Jogan'. He also done films of a variety of genres like dramatic 'Devdas', social 'Ganga Jamuna', romantic 'Andaz', comical 'Azaad' and historical 'Mughal-e-Azam' etc. After a five year break from 1976 to 1981, Dilip Kumar again started his work with films 'Kranti', 'Saudagar', 'Karma' and 'Shakti', while 'Qila' in 1988, was the last film of his career. Alongside movies, Dilip Kumar was active in efforts to bring people of Pakistan and India together. He was also nominated as a member of parliament. He is the second Indian to receive 'Nishan-e-Imtiaz' award by the government of Pakistan. Dilip Kumar holds the 'Guinness World Record' and 'Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award'. He received 19 Filmfare nominations and 8 Filmfare Best Actor awards. In 1991, Government of India honored him with the 'Padma Bhushan' and in 1994, he achieved 'Dadasaheb Phalke Award'. Dilip Kumar is married to beauty queen and actress 'Saira Banu'.

Fast Facts

Date of Birth 11 December 1922
Full Name Muhammad Yousuf Khan
Marital Status Married
Nationality Indian
Place of Birth Peshawar, British India
Occupation Film actor, Producer, Politician
Other Names Muhammad Yousuf Khan
Spouse Saira Banu

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