Veteran actor Dilip Kumar is one of the pillar in Bollywood industry. He is more than sufficient to establish the era of movies. He is one of the legendary star in history of Indian cinema. Before Salman, Shah Rukh, Akshay, Aamir and other actors arrived, there was a man who set benchmarks for generations of men and women who desire to achieve success in the arts. This man was none other than Dilip Kumar Saheb.
His real name is Muhammad Yusuf Khan and was born on 11 Dec 1922 in Peshawar, Pakistan. He is known as The Tragedy King and described as the ultimate method actor by legendary film maker Satyajit Ray. He made his debut in the film Jwar Bhata in 1944. He has done over 60 films in 6 decades, some of them include the 1955 version of Devdas, Aan, the 1960 version of Mughal-e-Azam, Karma, and Kila.
His screen name, Dilip Kumar, was given to him by Hindi author Bhagwati Charan Varma. Even the biggest known name in Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan has credited him to be the greatest actor ever. Dilip is multilingual, being able to speak English, Hindi, Hindko, Urdu and Pashto amongst others.
While he enjoyed great success in the early phase of his career, it is actually his work in the later years that proved that he doesn’t really need to be play the ‘hero’ to make an impact. This was the Dilip Kumar of the 1980s.
It’s no secret that 80s was probably the worst decade in terms of Hindi movies. The rise of piracy, involvement of the underworld and lack of great content led this to be the decade that is still spoofed. But trust Dilip Kumar to save the day and so he did!
#DilipKumar's tribute to #DevAnand. "I am just a year senior to Dev Anand. All three of us, Raj, Dev and I, started our careers around the same time in the mid-1940s. I still have fond memories of Dev and I travelling by local train to look for work in various studios. We developed a good rapport within a short period and Dev became a dear family friend, especially of my younger brother, Nasir Khan. By the late 1940s all of us were able to gain a strong footing in filmdom. Raj and I achieved stardom with “Shaheed”, “Andaz” and “Barsat”. Dev rose to heights with “Ziddi” and “Baazi”. We shared a decent professional rapport and a mutual set of unspoken ethics right from the beginning. Though nothing was put into words, we shared a silent regard for each other. There were frequent meetings between us when we would discuss and analyse each of our works. We had humorous moments also when Raj would imitate me and Dev immaculately. They were such beautiful moments as we were competitors, not rivals. Dev's plus point was that he was very cooperative with every co-star and technician. He had devastating looks and a smile which till date no other actor has. Whenever he received the right script and an imaginative director, he gave superb performances as in “Kala Pani”, “Asli Naqli” and “Guide”. Among us, he was the best in performing romantic scenes. I had the good fortune of sharing space on screen with Dev Anand in Gemini's “Insaniyat” in 1955. Directed by the respected S.S. Vasan, it was a costume drama. So generous was Dev that he cancelled dates of his own production shooting to accommodate dates with me. I personally saw how he helped junior artists by giving them take after take so that they could prove their worth. He never neglected anyone. We made it a point to attend each other's family functions. I attended his sister's marriage in the mid- 1950s and daughter Devina's marriage in 1985. Dev was present with wife Mona throughout my marriage function with Saira Banu in 1966 and also other events at our Pali Hill residence. Read More On Our Facebook Page www.fb.com/bollywoodirect . . . . . . #bollywood #bollywoodirect #instabollywood
Most of his work in the 1980s had him playing the character who was riding against establishment. He was the upholder of righteousness, even if it required him to take the wrong path. For a man of his stature, he had no qualms about appearing in ensemble cast films. His appearances in multi star-cast films gave a chance to actors like Anil Kapoor to share screen space with the legend.
In his biography The Substance and The Shadow, #DilipKumar has confessed: "I must admit that I was attracted to her ( #Madhubala) both as a fine co-star and as a person who had some of the attributes I hoped to find in a woman at that age and time… She, as I said earlier, was very sprightly and vivacious and, as such, she could draw me out of my shyness and reticence effortlessly." Follow @bollywoodirect . . . . . . . . . . . . #bollywood #bollywoodirect #instabollywood
Dilip Kumar is still regarded as the legend whose work is like a foundation stone for Hindi cinema. His film legacy and some incredible performances through the decades will be looked back decades from now and will always serve as the benchmark for those who dream of achieving just a tiny bit of what Dilip Kumar achieved. A marathon of Dilip Kumar film would be a great idea for today and there is no way one could be disappointed.
Here is one collage from her Instagram post that will make you say Awwww:-
Happy Birthday!!! To Bollywood's most Cherished,Loved and my most most Favourite Actor "THE SHEHZADA" ❤️❤️❤️Dilip Kumar(Yusuf Khan) A actor that did every single role CONVINCINGLY from being the tragedy king(Andaz,Deedar,Daag, Amar, Devdas,Mughal E Azam and many more) to the romantic/action star(Tarana, Aan,Azaad, Insaniyat, Naya Daur, Madhumati, Gunga Jumna, Shakti and many more), to the handsome comedy king(Azaad, Kohinoor, Leader, Ram Aur Shyam and many more) and lastly his contribution socially(Shaheed,Footpath,Yahudi, Paigham and many more) Besides acting he's been the best husband to Saira Banu and a inspiration to millions(including myself) May the Almighty ALLAH 🙌 always keep Yusuf Sahab and Saira Ji with best of health and grant them many more birthdays to come. Ameen❤️✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #DilipKumar #Legend #actor #birthday #handsome #film #movie #art #hollywood #desi #india #indiancinema #pakistan #england #instagood #mashAllah #subhanAllah #bollywood #bollywoodsongs #bollywoodstyle #bollywoodactor #classic #classicbollywood #oldbollywood #oldbollywoodsongs #oldhindisongs #OldIsGold #retro #retrobollywood #OldBollywoodFilms
Here are the tweets of B-town celebrities:-
Happy birthday n prayers for My ideal my hero my favourite #Dilip kumar @TheDilipKumar I learnt so much from him while directing him in #vidhata #karma #saudagar all blockbusters n deeper experience to know art of screen acting in relation with writer director of a film 👍🎥 pic.twitter.com/SJBnvyUfbd
— Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) December 11, 2017
T 2737 – Two maestros ! Iconic picture .. Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar making music !! Love and admiration .. for their immense contribution to Indian Cinema pic.twitter.com/actUtiE4Wj
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 10, 2017
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) December 11, 2017
Happy Birthday Dilip Kumar Sir ..’The Legend ‘..May Almighty bless u wit besttt of health and long Life 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/aQjBI2G8KC
— Ali Asgar (@kingaliasgar) December 11, 2017
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