Dilip Kumar, whose real name is Muhammad Yusuf Khan, was born in Peshawar. He ventured into acting in 1944 with Jwar Bhata. His career has spanned over six decades and over 65 films. He was seen in films like Andaz, Babul, Deedar, Aan, Devdas, Azaad, Naya Daur, Yahudi, Madhumati, Kohinoor, Mughal-e-Azam, Gunga Jamuna and Ram Aur Shyam. As an actor, Dilip Kumar last graced the silver screen in 1998’s Qila.
At age 97, Dilip Kumar’s movement is limited, diet is restricted and he recognises only a few close ones. But as he celebrates his birthday today, the Hindi film industry legend continues to get the love of his fans who have embraced his prolific performances in his glorious career. Instead of having a glitzy affair, Dilip Kumar will be surrounded by his family members and close friends on his special day.
Dilip Kumar’s condition has been a concern to fans. In September and October, he was admitted to a hospital for recurrent pneumonia. But he is now at home and recovering.
Dilip Kumar has been conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and Padma Vibhushan for his work in films like Mughal-e-Azam, Devdas among others.