Dilip Kumar

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Full NameMohammad Yusuf Khan
Born11 December 1922, Peshawar (Pakistan)
SpouseAsma Rehman (Saira Banu)
OccupationIndian Actor And Film Producer
AwardsFilmfare Award For Best Acto (8 Times)
Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1994)
BookDilip Kumar : The Substance And The Shadow
Died7 July, 2021 Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital.

Past Life

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Mohammed Yusuf Khan was known as Dilip Kumar. On 11 December 1922 in Peshawar he was born, North-West Frontier Province, British India. Lala Ghulam Sarwar Khan and his wife Ayesha Begum were the father-mother of Dilip Kumar. His father was a fruit merchant. He completed his academics at Barnes School, in Deolali, where his father owned orchards. 

He grew up with his childhood friend  Raj Kapoor. Later, In 1940 he set up a dry fruit supply and canteen In Pune.  He never acted as a name of Mohammad Yusuf Khan, starting in Jwar Bhata in 1944 under the stage name Dilip Kumar. The Substance and the Shadow, the autobiography of Dilip Kumar, wrote that the name was a suggestion from Devika Rani, who was one of the producers on Jwar Bhata. He said that he acquired this name due to his father, who never approved of his acting career.

Personal Life

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In many of the movies where we have seen the romance of the actor and actress with a huge age gap on screen. But less of the people who make their romance successful off-screen. There are so many love stories that are made in the Bollywood industry and are growing happily.  This was also the love story where the age gap is huge but what can one do when love sees nothing but just the person. 

In the year 1966 Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu married having an age gap of  20 years. The age of Dilip Kumar is 44 years old and Saira Banu is 22 years old at the time of marriage. Saira Banu and Dilip Kumar have no child due to the complications in the first pregnancy in Saira Bano that results in the child were dead. They never had a child.

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 In the year 1980, Dilip Kumar fell in love with the Hyderabadi beauty of Asma Sahiba. He married Asma Sahiba, divorcing his first wife, who was 22 years younger than him. Some of the people that later when Dilip found that Asma was cheating on him with her ex-husband the marriage was ended in 2 years. They got divorced in 1982.


  • Dilip Kumar was an Indian actor and film producer. Mohammad Yusuf khan was the real name of Dilip Kumar. Devika Rani was the first lady of Indian cinema who said, that the tragedy king of Bollywood changed his name from Muhammad Yusuf Khan to Dilip Kumar. He was known as one of the greatest actors of all time, he also received the highest number of awards as Guinness record holder. He was the first actor who was honored with the Filmfare best actor award. He belongs to the golden era of Bollywood and not many people are aware of the lesser-known fact that he is the ‘first khan’ of the film industry.

  • Dilip Kumar was survived by his wife, Saira Banu with a career over six decades, he was the first khan of Bollywood was greatly honored. In fact, hereto being honored by the Indian government for his contribution towards Indian cinema, the government of Pakistan also awarded him its highest civilian honor, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz.

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In the 1940s he got his first film role and initial success in the film Jwar Bhata in 1944. After some unsuccessful movies, he got his breakthrough role in 1949 with Mehboob  Khan‘s Andaz, in which he starred alongside Raj Kapoor and Nargis.

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In the 1950s Dilip Kumar’s breakthrough years went on to have success in the 1950s playing leading roles in several box office hits like Jogan and Babul in 1950 or so on. Kumar partially suffered from depression due to depict many tragic roles and on the advice of his psychiatrist, he also took on light-hearted roles.

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1970s Kumar’s career slumped in the 1970 film Gopi being his only box office success. This film also marked his first pairing with his ex-wife Saira Banu. In 1972, he once again played dual roles as twin brothers in Dastaan which was a box office failure.

  • The 1980s: Return to success In 1981, he came back to films as a character actor playing mature elderly roles. His comeback in the film was the starry historical epic Kranti that was the biggest hit of the year.

  •  In 2001, He was set to appear in a film titled Asar,  but he was deflected due to his declining health. He was also set to appear in Subhas Ghais war film Mother Land, apace with Amitabh and Shah Rukh  Khan, but that film was deflected after Khan decided to leave the project.

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  • His classic films Mughal-e-Azam and Naya Daur were re-released in cinemas in 2004 and 2008. 

Best Movies Of Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar was so handsome and an excellent actor. There are many old movies that have him in great form. But some of the rated movies he did are

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Nadiya K Paar (1948) ,Devdaas (1955), Naya Daur( 1957), Madhumati (1958), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Ganga Jamuna (1961) ,Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Aadmi (1968), Kranti (1981), Mashaal (1983) ,Karma (1986), Saudagar (1991).

Net Worth, Of The Legendary Actor

  • As per media  Net income, of Dilip Kumar was calculated around Rs 627 crore with a major source of income being acting. The actor was the first one in the Hindi film industry who charged Rs 1 lakh as his fees in the 1950s.

Awards and Honor

Dilip Kumar has won 14 awards –

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Book Of Dilip Kumar

  • Dilip Kumar: The Substance and the Shadow, an autobiography of Dilip Kumar. The book was published in 2014.

  • The books disclose the unenlightened dimension of the life and times of one of the greatest actors of all time.

Dilip Kumar who began as a demure novice in Hindi cinema in the early 1940s, went on to attain the peak of stardom within a short time. He came up with fascinating performances in one hit film after another – in his about six-decade-long career – on the basis of his capability, perseverance, determination, hard work, and never-say-no attitude. In this unique era, Dilip Kumar addresses his journey from his birth to the present.

He notoriously recounts his interactions with a broad variety of people not only from his family but also from other walks of life. While soliciting to set the record straight, as he feels that a lot of what has been written about him so far is ‘full of deformation and misinformation, he narrates in detail, how he married to Saira Banu, which was like a fairy tale.

Dilip Kumar relates, the event that changed his life: Devika Rani, the boss of Bombay Talkies,  offered him an acting job after the meeting. His first film was Jwar Bhata (1944). He told how he had to learn everything from graze and how he had to develop his own detached histrionics and style, which set him apart from his compeer. After that, he soon takes off to great peaks with movies such as Jugnu, Shaheed, Mela, Andaz, Orso. In these movies, he played the thespian with an intensity that his psyche was oppositely affected. He gets advised by a British psychiatrist, to switch over to comedy films. The result was magnificent performances in laugh deuce such as Azaad and Kohinoor, apart from a glistening portrayal as an unpleasant tonga driver in Naya Daur. After a breakup of five years, he started his ‘second innings’ with Kranti (1981), after which he showed a series of hits such as Vidhaata, Shakti, Mashaal, Karma, Saudagar, and Qila.


Dilip Kumar has been caught up in many controversies in his life as;

Affair with Pakistani woman Asma- In the eighties, Dilip Kumar faced a transgression that Dilip Kumar was in a love affair with a Pakistani woman Asma and also married her in 1980.

Second marriage with Saira Banu- After ending the relationship with  Pakistani woman Asma, it was a big nightmare with Saira Banu.  Dilip Kumar again married Saira Banu secretly. This news gave a shock to the Bollywood industry. Saira Banu was indeed a true lover, she thoughtfully accepted Dilip Kumar back after his marriage with Asma was ended.

Affair with Madhubala-The screen icon fondly remembers Madhubala as a great artist and high-spirited person with whom he attained ease while working in the film  “Tarana”.

Dilip Kumar said, “he was attracted to Madhubala as a fine co-star and as a person who had some of the adicates, he hoped to find in a woman at that age and time…She, as he said earlier, she was very sprightly and lively and, she could drag me out from my shyness and diffidence effortlessly.

Dilip Kumar was an Indian secret agent – Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri  Ex Pakistan foreign minister said that Dilip Kumar was an Indian secret agent. Dilip Kumar visited Pakistan twice secretly to close Hindus and Muslims together. It is disclosed in the book (Neither a hawk nor a dove) as well.

After releasing his controversial book Kasuri met Dilip Kumar at his Bandra residence with Sudheendra Kulkarni. He spent an hour with the orchestic and his wife actress Saira Banu discussing politics and films.

Dilip Kumar had to write to the Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for protection.

Property dispute with brother -The dispute between Dilip Kumar with his two brothers over the property in Mumbai as an affidavit has been filed by wife Saira Banu on behalf of Dilip Kumar at Bombay High Court, states that the brothers-Ahsan and Aslam – have no rights over the bungalow which was destroyed for redevelopment. As per the agreement, Dilip Kumar had provided cater of 1,200 sq ft flat to Ahsan, who is now 82, and 800 sq ft flat to Aslam. The need for agreement arose as the brothers had refused to vacate the bungalow when Dilip Kumar wanted to redevelop it.


Dilip Kumar was admitted to the suburban Khar-based Hinduja Hospital,  on 29 June due to medical issues related to old age after he complained of “breathlessness. His ex-wife,  Saira Banu said that the actor was under observation. Doctors said DILIP KUMAR  ailing from advanced prostate cancer which had spread to other organs of his body. He had water in the pleural cavity, and he ailing a kidney failure. He required blood devolution multiple times. Doctors carried the last devolution but it did not help. He suffered a drop in blood pressure and hemoglobin towards the end. Cancer which was spread made it difficult to treat him.

  • The tragedy king DILIP KUMAR of Bollywood, passed away  at the age of 98. The actor were buried with  honours at Mumbai’s Qabrastan at the evening .
Anjali writer- 13angle




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