Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar

Movie Actor

Mohammed Yusuf Khan, better known by his stage name Dilip Kumar, was an Indian actor who worked in Hindi cinema. Credited with pioneering method acting in cinema, he dominated the Indian movie scene from late 1940s throughout 1960s, being referred to as "Abhinay Samrat" by the audience.

Full Name
Muhammed Yusuf Khan
Dec 11, 1922
Jul 7, 2021
Net Worth


Dilip Kumar, born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922, is an Indian film actor and a living legend of the industry. He was born in the city of Peshawar in British India to a Pashtun family. He lived his childhood in the city of Qissa Khawani Bazaar until he moved to Mumbai after partition.

Kumar began his career as an actor in 1944's Jwar Bhata, directed by Amiya Chakravarty and co-starring Kamini Kaushal. The movie was successful and earned him recognition in the industry. He had a number of box office successes such as Andaz (1949), Babul (1950), Arzoo (1950), Aan (1952), Daag (1952) and Devdas (1955). His performance in the latter two films earned him two consecutive Filmfare Awards for Best Actor. In 1957 he starred in Madhumati which won 8 Filmfare awards including Best Movie, Best Director and Best Actor.

In 1965 he got married to Saira Banu who is 22 years younger than him. In 1969 Kumar received an honorary award from the President of India for his 50 years of service to Indian cinema. He also received Padma Bhushan Award from Government of India in 1991 for his contribution to Indian cinema.

During his career, Kumar has played various roles ranging from tragedy to romance and comedy; he is considered one of the most influential actors in the history of Hindi cinema. He has been described as "the ultimate method actor" by Satyajit Ray and is often referred to as “The Tragedy King” for his melodramatic roles across multiple genres.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1922</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Dilip Kumar is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On December 11, 1922, Dilip Kumar was born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan in Peshawar, British India.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1935</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Moves to Bombay</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">At the age of 13, Dilip moves to Bombay and takes up a job as a canteen owner.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1944</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Debut Film Jwar Bhata</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Dilip makes his debut in the film Jwar Bhata directed by Amiya Chakravarty.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1948</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">India's First Filmfare Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Dilip wins the first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in the film Jugnu.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1973</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Padma Bhushan Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Dilip is awarded India's third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1994</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Honorary Citizenship from Pakistan</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Dilip is granted honorary citizenship from Pakistan for his contributions to the film industry.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1997</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Awarded Dadasaheb Phalke Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Dilip is awarded India's highest honour in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's an Iconic Actor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Dilip Kumar is one of India's most iconic actors. He has starred in some of the greatest films in Indian cinema and has won numerous awards for his performances. He is also considered by many to be the first "superstar" of Indian cinema.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's an Inspiration</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Dilip Kumar is an inspiration to many young actors and aspiring filmmakers. He has set a standard for excellence in acting and has inspired countless people to strive for their own greatness. His dedication and commitment to his craft are admirable.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> His Movies are Timeless Classics</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">The movies Dilip Kumar starred in are timeless classics that have stood the test of time. They are still widely watched and appreciated today and will continue to be cherished for generations to come. His movies remain some of the most beloved in Indian cinema.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> The Tragedy King</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dilip Kumar is known as the "Tragedy King" of Bollywood for his roles in films such as Andaz, Deedar, Mela and Ram Aur Shyam, which all featured him in a tragic role.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> First Indian to Win the Filmfare Award</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dilip Kumar was the first Indian actor to win the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 1955 for his performance in Azaad.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> First Indian Actor to Receive an Honorary Doctorate</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1998, Dilip Kumar became the first Indian actor to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Mumbai.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Founder of the Dilip Kumar Foundation</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2011, Dilip Kumar founded the Dilip Kumar Foundation to provide medical and educational aid to the poor and underprivileged.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Served in the British Indian Army</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Before becoming an actor, Dilip Kumar served in the British Indian Army during World War II.</p></div>


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