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Know about The greatest actor in the history of Hindi Cinema Dilip Kumar

"First superstar". "Tragedy King" or widely known as "The greatest actor in the history of Hindi Cinema" Dilip Kumar was born as Mohammed Yusuf Khan. Dilip Kumar was his professional name, he was born in Qissa Khawani Bazaar area of Peshawar (currently Pakistan) on 11th of December 1922. Dilip Kumar, was an Indian actor, film producer and philanthropist. Actor has been credited for bringing the method acting technique to Indian cinema. Kumar holds the record for most wins for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor and was also the inaugural recipient of the award.
Dilip Kumar (Mohammed Yusuf Khan)
Kumar debuted as an actor in the film Jwar Bhata (1944), produced by Bombay Talkies. In a career spanning over five decades, Kumar worked in over 65 films. Kumar is known for roles in films such as the romantic Andaz (1949), the swashbuckling Aan (1952), the social drama Daag (1952), the dramatic Devdas (1955), the comical Azaad (1955), the epic historical Mughal-e-Azam (1960), the social dacoit crime drama Ganga Jamuna (1961), and the comedy Ram Aur Shyam (1967).

In 1976, 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 leading roles in films such as Shakti (1982), Mashaal (1984), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991). His last film was Qila (1998).

Dilip Kumar had a long relationship with actress Madhubala but never married her. He married actress Saira Banu in 1966, who was 22 years younger to him. He later married Hyderabad socialite Asma Sahiba, taking her as a second wife in 1981. That marriage ended in January 1983. He and his wife Saira Banu currently live in Bandra. Dilip Kumar does not have any children. In his biography "Dilip Kumar: The Substance and the Shadow", he revealed that Saira Banu conceived in 1972, but developed high blood pressure in her eighth month of pregnancy and the doctors couldn't save the baby, which had been strangulated by the umbilical cord. After that, they did not try to have children believing that it was God's will. They currently live in the Bandra suburb of Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra in India. As of 2021, he is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hindi cinema.

Dilip Kumar was fluent in many languages including Urdu, Hindi, Hindko (his first language), Punjabi, Marathi, English, Bengali, Gujarati, Pashto, Persian and the Awadhi and Bhojpuri dialects.

His younger brother Nasir Khan (1924–1974) was also a noted film actor. Two of his younger brothers died during the COVID-19 pandemic after testing positive for COVID-19: Aslam Khan died at the age of 88 in August 2020, and Ehsan Khan died at 90 in September 2020.

Awards, Honours & Recognitions

  • Guinness World Record for winning the maximum number of awards by an Indian actor.
  • 8 Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and One Lifetime Achievement for Filmfare Also for Special Recognition FilmFare Award for recognising him as one first recipients to receive a Filmfare Award along with the nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar and one of the greatest Hindi Music Directors Naushad Ali at the 50th Filmfare Award Ceremony and along with 19 nominations at Filmfare for best actor.
  • Ganga Jamuna (1961), which he wrote, produced, and starred in, also received the National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film in Hindi, the Paul Revere Silver Bowl at the Boston International Film Festival, the Special Honour Diploma from the Czechoslovak Academy of Arts in Prague, and the Special Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Timeline of Dilip Kumar

  • 2021 - Dilip Kumar passes away at the age of 98 on 7th July 2021 at 7:30AM.
  • 2015 – India's second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, for his contributions towards Indian cinema
  • 2009 - He was honoured with CNN-IBN Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 2000–2006 – Elected to Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament.
  • 1998 - Acted in film 'Qila' for the last time. Qila remained Dilip Kumar's last acted film.
  • 1998 – Government of Pakistan honoured him with its highest civilian honour, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence).
  • 1997 - The Government of Andhra Pradesh honoured Kumar with NTR National Award
  • 1994 – Dadasaheb Phalke Award
  • 1993 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 1991 – India's third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, for his contributions towards Indian cinema
  • 1979–1982 – Appointed as the Sheriff of Bombay by the Governor of Maharashtra, India for the period
  • 1961 - National Film award to Ganga Jamna for the second best feature film.

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