Here are some Interesting tales from Dilip Kumar aka Yusuf Khan’s Eventful Life -


November 30, 2017

Here are some Interesting tales from Dilip Kumar aka Yusuf Khan’s Eventful Life

Here are some Interesting tales from Dilip Kumar aka Yusuf Khan’s Eventful Life
Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar was considered one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. Not only he himself lived a commendable journey in Bollywood industry, but also influenced generations of young artists over the years. Described as “the ultimate method actor” (natural actor) by Satyajit Ray, and known as the Tragedy King by critics and fans, Dilip Kumar was one of the biggest Indian movie stars and a pioneer of Indian cinema.
In his remembrance, here are some Interesting tales from his Eventful Life:

1- When Yusuf Khan turned into Dilip Kumar:

Dilip Kumar was born on 11 December 1922 in Peshawar, British India (now in Pakistan). Dilip (earlier name Yusuf Khan) grew up in the same neighbourhood as Raj Kapoor, who was also his childhood friend. In the late 1930s, his family relocated to Mumbai. In 1940, he left his home after a fight with his father. There, he started up a sandwich stall at the army club until his contract ended. He then headed back to his home in Mumbai with savings of Rs 5,000.
In 1942, he decided to start a venture to help his father in managing household expenses. In this journey, he met actress Devika Rani, owner of Bombay Talkies, who asked him to sign up with the company on a salary of Rs. 1250 per month. Later he met actor Ashok Kumar who was very impressed with Dilip’s acting skills and called him a natural actor. Devika Rani requested he change his name to Dilip Kumar and later cast him in a lead role for Jwar Bhata (1944), which marked his entry into the Hindi film industry.

2- His Remarkable Entry in Bollywood:

He got his first break in Jwar Bhata (1944) with the help of Devika Rani. However, his debut film and a couple of other films went unnoticed. And then, things changed with Jugnu (1947) in which he was paired opposite Noor Jahan and the film became a hit at the box office. With this, his career graph witnessed a rise. Shaheed, Mela, Andaaz, and Shabnam- these films gave a kickstart to his career and recognition among the audience.

3- Love Journey with Saira Banu:

In 1966, he married actress Saira Banu, who was 22 years his junior. Dilip once revealed that he fell in love with her when he attended her birthday party. Dilip Kumar does not have any children.

4- Leading a Successful Life:

His consecutive hit films gave him the title of Tragedy King’ of Bollywood.  He was the first actor to win the Filmfare Best Actor Award. He was also Described as “the ultimate method actor” (natural actor) by Satyajit Ray. Dilip shared a lovely chemistry on screen with a number of top actresses like Madhubala, Vyjayanthimala, Nargis, Meena Kumari, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna and Kamini Kaushal.

5- Humanitarian Work:

He was involved in numerous charitable and social initiatives. Kumar donated a significant portion of his MPLAD fund towards the construction and improvement of the Bandstand Promenade and the gardens at Bandra Fort at Lands End in Bandra. He also planned and conceptualized the famous Jogger’s Park in Bandra. He even appeared at private events, inaugurated shops, offices of his friends and family and associates, without ever charging a single rupee or favours for appearance.

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