Touted as the greatest actor Bollywood has ever produced, Dilip Kumar has enacted a variety of characters with admirable finesse and conviction. As he turns 95, look at 10 fascinating facts about silver screen’s ‘Tragedy King’.
His real name is Mohammad Yusuf Khan. Devika Rani gave him the name ‘Dilip Kumar’
He was born in Peshawar (Pakistan) in 1922
His first movie was ‘Jwar Bhata’ which released in 1944
Before entering Bollywood, he used to sell fruits in Pune
He has won 8 Filmfare Awards for Best Actor
Three movies he regrets turning down are ‘Baiju Bawra’, ‘Pyaasa’, and ‘Zanjeer’
He was honoured with the Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civilian award, in 1998