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What Makes Tragedy King Dilip Kumar The Conqueror Of Awards And Hearts?

What Makes Tragedy King Dilip Kumar The Conqueror Of Awards And Hearts?

Dilip Kumar, one of Indian cinema’s finest actors who livened up the silver screen in the twentieth century with his spectacular performances in Mughal-e-Azam, Devdas, Andaz, Aan and other blockbuster Hindi films, celebrates his ninety-third birthday today. As he adds another candle to his birthday cake today, let us wish him the warmest of regards with a little post remembering his life.

  • Dilip Kumar was born in a Muslim family as Mohammad Yusuf Khan. He changed his name to the one we know him by when his mentor, actress Devika Rani advised him to do so before he began his acting career.
  • Initially, his proficiency in the Urdu language had landed him a job as a screenwriter and scriptwriter. It was Devika Rani who introduced him to the world of acting by launching him in Jwar Bhata in 1944.
  • Dilip Kumar is popular as the Tragedy King for his ability to handle sensitive and tragic roles onscreen in a delicate and graceful manner. He was also called the ‘ultimate method actor’ by one of India’s biggest and greatest filmmakers of that period, Satyajit Ray.
  • While actresses were constantly vying to be paired onscreen with the dazzling and charming actor, one of India’s most loved actresses Nargis shared screen space with him seven times, making them one of the most memorable onscreen pairs of Indian cinema.
  • Once he and the renowned Indian businessman JRD Tata, who founded TCS, Air India and Tata Motors, travelled in the same flight, but none of them recognised each other! It was Tata’s quiet reserve and lack of interest or recognition towards Dilip Kumar which led the latter to strike a conversation with him and reveal their identities to each other.
  • Dilip Kumar acted in over 60 films which spanned across 60 years and was the first recipient of the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Actor. He won nine Filmfare Awards in all, out of which eight belonged to that category, making him the only actor to have won those many awards in the category.
  • He was presented with India’s third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan in 1991, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and the second-highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan in 2015 by the Government of India.
  • He was recognised by the Government of Pakistan too with its highest civilian honour, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz.
  • In 1976, the actor went on a five-year break from films and returned with a bang with Kranti, a film which became the second highest-grossing film of the year. Not many actors can boast of such a marvellous feat.

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