Dilip Kumar was born Mohammad Yusuf Khan in Pakistan. He migrated to India with his family. After assisting his father, who was a fruit merchant, he moved to Pune and started a canteen where he was spotted by actress Devika Rani and her director-husband Himanshu Rai, owners of Bombay Talkies studio.
Renamed as Dilip Kumar, the young and handsome man was cast in his first role in Jwar Bhata. The film failed to do well but with his second film, Jugnu, people noticed him. After this, he did some 60 films such as Andaz, Jogan and Aan, to name a few. He was called the best method actor by Satyajit Ray and went to win 8 Filmfare Awards.
He was the immortal Salim in Mughal-e-Azam and romanced his real life love Madhubala. While that relationship did not see the light of the day, he married one of the top actresses of her time Saira Banu, when she was just 22 and he 44. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 2000-2006 and is actively involved in various charities. He received the Padma Bhushan in 1991, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and the Nishan-e-Pakistan (Pakistan's highest civilian award) in 1998, an award that late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray asked him to return.
He refused, saying, “This award was given to me for the humane activities to which I have dedicated myself. I have worked for the poor; I have worked for many years to bridge the cultural and communal gaps between India and Pakistan. Politics and religion have created these boundaries.”
The actor is quite active on Twitter himself and his last update came when he went for Aamir Khan's Talaash premier. Thus people are wishing him through Twitter as they are sure that he will receive their wishes. Javed Akhtar wrote on Twitter, “In my dictionary Dilip Kumar means dignity, depth, sensitivity, subtlety, sophistication and class. Happy birthday Dilip saheb.” Rajdeep Sardesai also wished the legend with few words on Twitter, “Suprabhat. Happy bday to the original bollywood superstar. Dilip Kumar turns 90!” Fans and well wishers all over the world are wishing the legendary actor on his birthday.
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