Muhammad Yusuf Khan (born 11 December 1922), recognized workwise as Dilip Kumar. He is an actor, philanthropist and producer who was later elected to India’s parliament—popularly referred to as The First Khan and the Tragedy King of Indian Cinema. He has been accredited with taking realism to movie performing since his first movie.

Kumar debuted as an actor within the movie Jwar Bhata (1944), produced by Bombay Talkies. In a profession spanning over five many years, Kumar labored in over 65 films. Kumar is thought for roles in films such because of his hit movies.

In 1976, Mr. Yusuf Khan took a five-year break from movie performances and returned with a personality function within the movie Kranti (1981) and continued his profession taking part in leading roles in films reminiscent of Shakti (1982), Mashaal (1984), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991). His final movie was Qila (1998).

He has gained 9 Filmfare Awards and is the primary recipient of the Filmfare Finest Actor Award (1954). Dilip Kumar had a protracted relationship with actress Madhubala; however, by no means married her. He married actress Saira Bano in 1966. He and his spouse Saira Bano presently stay within the Bandra suburb of Mumbai within the state of Maharashtra in India. As of 2020, he’s the final dwelling male actor from Bollywood’s Golden Age of films.

Early Life:

Mr. Kumar was born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan to Ayesha Begum and Lala Ghulam Sarwar Khan, one among 12 youngsters, on 11 December 1922 at the house within the Qissa Khawani Bazaar space of Peshawar, British Colonial India (modern-day KPK Province of, Pakistan). His father was a landlord and fruit service provider who owned orchards in Peshawar and Deolali. Mohammad Yusuf Khan was schooled at Barnes College, Deolali, Nashik. He grew up in the same religiously blended neighborhood as Raj Kapoor, his good childhood friend, and later his colleague within the movie business.

In 1940, He left for Pune in Maharashtra. With the assistance of a Parsi café-owner and an aged Anglo-Indian couple, Kumar met a canteen contractor. Without letting on his household antecedents, he bought the job on the benefit of his data of excellent written and spoken English. He arranges a sandwich stall on the military canteen and when the contract ended, he headed house to Bombay, having saved Rs. 5000.

In 1943, anxious to start an enterprise to assist his father with family funds, he met Dr. Masani at Churchgate Station, who requested him to accompany him to Bombay Talkies, in Malad. There he met actress Devika Rani, proprietor of Bombay Talkies, who asked him to enroll with the corporate on a wage of Rs. 1250 per thirty days. There he met actor Ashok Kumar, who influenced his performing model by telling him to behave “pure”. He additionally met Sashadhar Mukherjee, and each of those folks turned near Kumar over time. Initially, Kumar helped out within the story-writing and scripting division due to his proficiency in the Urdu language. Devika Rani requested him to alter his identity to Dilip Kumar and later forged him in a lead function for Jwar Bhata (1944), which marked Kumar’s entry into the Hindi movie business.

Career in 1950s:

Kumar went on to have success within the 1950s taking part in leading roles in several field workplace hits reminiscent of Jogan (1950), Babul (1950), Hulchul (1951), Deedar (1951), Daag (1952), Shikast (1953), Amar (1954), Uran Khatola (1955), Insaniyat (1955) wherein he co-starred with Dev Anand, Devdas (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Yahudi (1958), Madhumati (1958) and Paigham (1959). A few of these movies established his display screen picture because of the “Tragedy King”. Kumar briefly suffered from melancholy because of portraying many tragic roles, and on the recommendation of his psychiatrist, he additionally took on light-hearted roles. Mehboob Khan’s big-budget 1952 swashbuckling musical Aan featured him in one among his first lighter roles and marked his first movie to be shot in technicolor and to have a grand launch throughout Europe with a lavish premiere in London. He had additional success with lighter roles as a thief within the comedy Azaad (1955), and as a royal prince within the romantic musical Kohinoor (1960).

He was the primary actor to win the Filmfare Finest Actor Award (for Daag) and went on to win it an extra seven instances. He shaped well-liked on-screen pairings with lots of the prime actresses on time together with Nimmi, Meena Kumari Madhubala, Nargis, and Kamini Kaushal. Nine of his movies within the 1950s had been ranked within the High 30 highest-grossing film of the last decade.

Within the 1950s, Kumar turned the primary actor to cost ₹1 lakh (equal to ₹85 lakh or US$120,000 in 2019) per movie.

In 1960, he portrayed Prince Salim in Ok. Asif’s big-budget epic historic movie Mughal-e-Azam, which was the highest-grossing movie in Indian movie historical past for 11 years till 1971 movie Haathi Mere Saathi surpassed it and later by the 1975 movie Sholay. If adjusted for inflation, Mughal-e-Azam was the highest-grossing Indian movie by way of to the early 2010s, equal to over ₹1000 crore in 2011.

The movie informed the story of Prince Salim, who revolts in opposition to his father Akbar (performed by Prithviraj Kapoor) and falls in love with a courtesan (played by Madhubala). The movie was principally shot in black and white, with just some scenes within the latter half of the film shot in color. 44 years after its unique launch, it was colorized and re-released in 2004.

In 1961, Kumar first time invested in a movie and worked in Ganga Jamna reverse his frequent main girl Vyjayanthimala and his brother Nasir Khan, and this was the one movie he produced. In 1962 British director David Lean provided him the role of “Sherif Ali” in his film Lawrence of Arabia (1962). However, Kumar declined to carry out within the film. The role ultimately went to Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor. Kumar feedback in his a lot later launched autobiography, “he thought Omar Sharif had performed the function much better than he himself may have”. Kumar was additionally thought-about for a number one function reverse Elizabeth Taylor in a movie that Lean was engaged on known as Taj Mahal, earlier than the mission was canceled.

His subsequent movie Chief (1964) was a beneath common grosser on the field workplace. He was the co-director in conjunction with Abdul Rashid Kardar of his subsequent launch Dil Diya Dard Liya, in 1966, however he was uncredited as director. In 1967, Kumar performed a twin function of twins separated at the start within the hit movie Ram Aur Shyam. Manoj Kumar and Waheeda Rehman in Aadmi in 1968 were his co-stars. That very same yr he starred in Sangharsh with Sanjeev Kumar.


Jwar Bhata 1944
Jugnu 1947
Shaheed 1948
Shabnam 1949
Andaz 1949
Jogan 1950
Babul 1950
Tarana 1951
Deedar 1951
Aan 1952
Daag 1952
Devdas 1955
Azaad 1955
Naya Daur 1957
Yahudi 1958
Madhumati 1958
Paigham 1959
Kohinoor 1960
Mughal-e-Azam 1960
Ganga Jamuna 1961
Leader 1964
Dil Diya Dard Liya 1966
Ram aur Shyam 1967
Sunghursh 1968
Aadmi 1968
Gopi 1970
Dastaan 1972
Sagina 1974
Bairaag 1976
Kranti 1981
Vidhaata 1982
Shakti 1982
Mashaal 1984
Duniya 1984
Karma 1986
Saudagar 1991
Qila 1998


During the shooting of Film Tarana, he was fallen in love with Madhubala. She was a beautiful and talented actress of the Indian film industry at that time. Kumar and Madhubala had an affair for many years, but their relationship ended due to a court case on Film Naya Daur from Kumar on Madhubala’s Father, and the couple never worked together after the super hit film of Mughal-e-Azam of 1960. Dilip Kumar married Saira Banu, a 22 years younger girl from him in 1966. He had a second marriage in 1981 with Asma Sahiba, a socialite of Hyderabad, but this marriage was ended in 1983. Dilip and Saira Banu have no children, and the couple lives in Bandra currently.


Dilip Kumar is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, English, Hindko (his native language), Punjabi, Awadhi, Bhojpuri, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Pashto & Persian languages.


He has remained a member of the Indian parliament for the period 2000 to 2006. Dilip Kumar also joined social media platform Twitter on his 89th birthday in 2011.
He has also been involved in different charity works during his whole life, Joggers Park in Bandra was his plan and initiative too along with the famous Bollywood actor Sunil Dutt and with the Help of Government of Maharashtra.


Dilip Kumar is recognized as the greatest actor of Hindi cinema. Dilip also holds the Guinness World Record of winning the most awards in the Indian Film Industry. He has received 8 Filmfare Awards for best and one Lifetime Achievement award as well from Filmfare Awards in 1993.
Dilip Kumar was an honorary appointed as Sheriff of Mumbai in 1980.


Padma Vibhushan in 2015
Member of Rajya Sabha from 2000 to 2006
Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994
Padma Bhusan in 1991
Sheriff of Bombay in 1980


Nishan-e-Imtiaz in 1998, the highest civilian honor award in Pakistan.