Veteran actor Dilip Kumar has turned a year older today. There is no denying the fact that he is one of the most talented and popular stars of the Hindi cinema who continues to rule hearts even today. Born in 1922, the actor’s real name is Mohammad Yusuf Khan. His career started in 1944 when he met actress Devika Rani. She was the owner of Bombay Talkies who hired him on a pay of Rs. 1250 per year. She was the one who requested the actor to change his name to Dilip Kumar. Later, she offered him Jwar Bhata in 1944 and this was how the Hindi cinema got one of its finest gems.
After that, there was no looking back for the actor. He ruled the silver screens for more than six decades and gave many blockbusters. Dilip developed his own style of acting due to which he was fondly called as Tragedy King by his fans.
His popular films include Mughal-e-Azam, Andaz, Deedar, Aan, Babul, Devdas, Azaad, Naya Daur, Yahudi, Madhumati, Kohinoor, Gunga Jamuna and Ram Aur Shyam.
He was last seen in 1998’s Qila.
Dilip’s family friend Faisal Farooqui revealed the birthday plans. He told IANS, “He has not done that in a very long time and birthdays are occasions where the family gets together and some close friends get together. So, Saab’s brothers and sisters would come, (his wife) Saira Banuji’s extended family will come and then my family and some close friends gather together. Even when Saab was active socially and personally, he was not fond of big celebrations. So, doing justice to that tradition, Sairaji has not planned anything big.”
As the actor has turned 96, have a look at some of his popular songs that still have special place in everybody’s hearts.
Ude Jab Jab Zulfen Teri
Suhana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam Haseen
Nain Lad Jai Hai
Yeh Mera Deewanapan Hai
Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re