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Dilip Kumar

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Net worth 2018: $65 Million
Residence: Peshawar
Country: Indian
BirthDay: 11 December 1922
Sigh: Capricorn
Height: 1.78 m

Dilip Kumar was bornon 11 December 1922 in Peshawar, Indian. Dilip Kumar, popularly called the Tragedy King, is credited to be among the greatest actors ever to have graced Indian cinema. Born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan, he adopted the screen name Dilip Kumar in keeping up with the traditions of early Hindi filmdom. The iconic actor has had a long and illustrious career spanning over five decades and is considered one of the foremost figures of the ‘Golden Era of Indian Cinema’. He entered the world of Hindi cinema during the 1940s when Bollywood was still in its infancy. His foray into acting was by chance—he actually started out as a canteen owner when a chance encounter with the actress Devika Rani resulted in a film offer. Even though his debut film did not do well, he soon established himself as an emotive character actor by the end of the decade. In spite of his being a versatile actor who has played several different characters with the same intensity and effectiveness, he is best known for portraying tragic roles in films like ‘Jogan’, ‘Deedar’ and ‘Devdas’ which earned him the title Tragedy King. Dilip Kumar has the distinction of being the first actor to receive a Filmfare Best Actor Award, an award which he won eight times throughout his career.


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The movie won him a Filmfare Award and was ranked among the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films by Indiatimes Movies in 2005


His last film appearance was in ‘Qila’ in 1998 in which he played dual roles


He made a successful comeback in 1981 with the multi-starrer ‘Kranti’ which had a large star cast consisting of Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Prem Chopra, Shatrughan Sinha, and Paintal among others


During the 1980s and 1990s he started playing roles that were more suited to his age


He appeared only in a few films like ‘Gopi’ (1970), ‘Sagina’ (1974), and ‘Bairaag’ (1976) which failed to do well at the box office


He married the much younger actress Saira Banu in 1966; he was 44 and she was 22 at the time of their marriage


His major movies were ‘Gunga Jumna’ (1961), ‘Dil Diya Dard Liya’ (1966), ‘Ram Aur Shyam’ (1967), and ‘Aadmi’ (1968)


The 1960s was also successful for him though not as successful as the preceding decade


He was again cast opposite Vyjayanthimala in the drama film ‘Naya Daur’ in 1957


In 1955, he played the title role in “Devdas’, a love story in which Vyjayanthimala and Suchitra Sen played his love interests


After enjoying superstardom during the 1950s, he welcomed the new decade of the 1960s with a stellar performance in ‘Kohinoor’ (1960) as Yuvraj Rana Devendra Bahadur for which he won a Filmfare Best Actor Award


He found his big breakthrough with Mehboob Khan’s ‘Andaz’ in 1949


After the success of ‘Jugnu’, Dilip Kumar was flooded with movie offers and appeared in several movies in 1948 including ‘Shaheed’, ‘Mela’ and ‘Anokha Pyar’ of which ‘Shaheed’ was a big hit


He starred as Sooraj in ‘Jugnu’ in 1947 which also had Noor Jehan and Shashikala in important roles


Rai was the owner of Bombay Talkies and the husband-wife duo selected Yusuf for playing the lead role in their film ‘Jwar Bhata’ which was released in 1944


He happened to meet actress Devika Rani and her husband Himanshu Rai in 1943


Yusuf went to Pune during the early 1940s where he began operating a canteen


His large family relocated to Mumbai during the 1930s in search of a better future for the children

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