|Real name||Mohammed Yusuf Khan Hindustan Times|
|Profession(s)||Actor, Film Producer, and Politician|
|Names Earned||• Legendary King Live Mint
• Dilip Saab India TV News
• The Ultimate Method Actor NDTV
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 9”
|Hair Colour||Salt & Pepper|
|Debut||Film (Actor): Jwar Bhata (1944) as Jagdish
Film (Producer): Ganga Jamuna (1961)
|Last Film||'Qila' (1998) as Judge Amarnath Singh/Jagannath Singh
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• 1954: Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the film Daag
• 1956: Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the film Azaad
• 1957: Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the film Devdas
• 1958: Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the film Naya Daur
• 1961: Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the film Kohinoor
• 1962: Bengal Film Journalists' Best actor Award for Gunga Jumna
• 1965: Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the film Leader
• 1968: Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the film Ram Aur Shyam
• 1971: Bengal Film Journalists' Best actor Award for Sagina Mahato
• 1979–1982: Appointed as the Sheriff of Bombay by the Governor of Maharashtra, India
• 1983: Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the film Shakti
• 1991: India's third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, for his contributions towards the Indian cinema
• 1994: Dadasaheb Phalke Award
• 1998: Government of Pakistan honoured him with its highest civilian honour, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence)
• 2001: Bombay International Film Festival- Lifetime Achievement Award
• 2004: Apsara Film Producers Guild Awards for the Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema
• 2004: International Indian Film Academy for Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema
• 2008: 54th National Film Award- Lifetime achievement award by the former Indian President Pratibha Patil
• 2009: CNN-IBN Indian of the Year- Lifetime Achievement Award
• 2015: India's second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, for his contributions towards Indian Cinema
Note: He has many more accolades to his name.
|Record||Guinness World Record for winning the maximum number of Best Actor Filmfare awards by any Indian actor (as of 2021) Guinness World Records|
|Date of Birth||11 December 1922 (Monday)|
|Birthplace||Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India|
|Date of Death||7 July 2021|
|Place of Death||Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai|
|Age (at the time of death)||98 Years|
|Death Cause||Prolonged Illness Hindustan Times|
|Hometown||Bombay (now Mumbai), India|
|School(s)||• Barnes School in Deolali, Nashik, Maharashtra The Times of India
• Anjuman-I-Islam Urdu School, CST, Mumbai The Times of India
|College/University||Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Mumbai|
|Educational Qualification||Graduation Hindustan Times|
|Food Habit||Non-Vegetarian Emirates 24/7|
|Address||34/B, Palli Hill, Nargis Dutt Road, Bandra (W), Bombay 400050, India|
|Hobbies||Playing various sports like cricket, football, badminton|
|Relationships & More|
|Marital Status (at the time of death)||Married|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||• Kamini Kaushal (former actor) India.com
• Late Madhubala (former actor; ex-fiancee) India.com
• Vyjayanthimala (former actor; rumoured) India.com
• Asma Rehman (Pakistani girl) India.com
• Saira Banu (former actor) India.com
|Marriage Date||First Marriage: Saira Banu (11 October 1966-till his death)
Second Marriage: Asma Rehman (m.1980-div.1982)
|Wife/Spouse||First Wife: Saira Banu
Second Wife: Asma Rehman
|Children||After the miscarriage of Saira Banu in 1972, she could not conceive again. Later, Dilip and Saira decided that they would never have a child. India Today|
|Parents||Father- Lala Ghulam Sarwar (landlord and fruit merchant)
Mother- Ayesha Begum
• Nasir Khan (younger; actor),
• Ehsan Khan (died of COVID-19 in 2020)
• Aslam Khan (died of COVID-19 in 2020)
• Noor Mohammed
• Ayub Sarwar (writer in the Pakisatni films)
• Fauzia Khan
• Sakina Khan (unmarried; died on 29 April 1976)
• Taj Khan
• Farida Khan (makeup artist)
• Saeeda Khan (married to Iqbal Khan, son of Mehboob Khan) (died on 24 September 2023 due to prolonged illness)
• Akhtar Asif (married to K. Asif)
|Food||Stir Fried Vegetables and Omelette|
|Actor(s)||Paul Mooney, Spencer Tracy, Ashok Kumar|
|Actress(es)||Meena Kumari, Nalini Jaywant|
|Sport(s)||Cricket and Football|
|Magazine(s)||'Theatre Arts' and 'Sight and Sound'|
|Car Collection||A red Mercedes
|Net Worth||$85 million i.e. Rs. 627 crore (at the time of his death) The Times of India|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Dilip Kumar
- Did Dilip Kumar smoke?: Yes
- He was born into a Hindko-speaking Awan family in the Qissa Khawani Bazaar area of Peshawar, Pakistan.
- His father was a landlord and fruit merchant and also owned orchards in Deolali (in Maharashtra, India) and Peshawar (in Pakistan). In the late 1930s, his family moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) from Peshawar, Pakistan. In Bombay, Dilip Kumar was the neighbour of the legendary Indian actor Raj Kapoor. In an interview, he was asked how much did he miss Peshawar? He replied,
I remember a lot. With age, this trend has increased even more. I miss my grandmother. Reminds me of childhood. I miss playing my football.”
- In 1940, when Dilip Kumar was a teenager, he left his home and moved to Pune, Maharashtra, after an altercation with his father. There, he started a dry fruit shop and a sandwich stall at an army club in Pune, Maharashtra.
- After almost three years, the legendary Indian actress Devika Rani and her husband Himanshu Rai spotted Dilip Kumar in a military canteen. They liked him and offered him the lead role in the Hindi film ‘Jwar Bhata’ (1944). In an interview, he shared how he developed an interest in acting. He said,
Yes, I used to watch movies, but they used to be English films. When I got a chance to work in Hindi films, I had seen only a few Hindi films. In those days I was crazy about English films. He used to watch these films hiding from his family members. Later he came to know about this. He was also worried about my passion for films. When I decided to become an actor in Hindi films, I was worried how to do something I don’t know. But then Devika Rani of Bombay Talkies told me that just as you are learning to sell fruits, you will also learn acting.”
- Before making his debut in the Hindi films, at the suggestion of Devika, he changed his name from Mohammed Yusuf Khan to Dilip Kumar. During an interview, Dilip Kumar shared why he had changed his name. He said,
Haqeeqat bataun? Pitayi ke darr se maine yeh naam rakha (Should I tell you honestly? It was because I was scared of beatings that I used this name).”
- His debut film failed at the box office, and after almost three years, he tasted success with the Hindi film ‘Jugnu’ (1947) opposite Noor Jehan.
- Later, Devika Rani offered him a job as a scriptwriter in Bombay Talkies (film studio) as he was proficient in Urdu for which he received Rs. 1,250 per month. The Indian Express
- In 1948, he appeared in two super-hit Hindi films ‘Shaheed’ and ‘Mela.’ A year later, he appeared in the Hindi film ‘Andaz’ (1949) along with the superstars of that time Raj Kapoor and Nargis.
- In the 1950s, he appeared in many super-hit Hindi films like ‘Jogan’ (1950), ‘Babul’ (1950), ‘Hulchul’ (1951), ‘Shikast’ (1953), and ‘Uran Khatola’ (1955).
- In the same era, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru invited Kumar to address a conference of the Indian Youth Congress.
- In 1955, he played the iconic role of Devdas in the Hindi period-drama film ‘Devdas.’ The role of Paro was played by Suchitra Sen, and Vyjayanthimala played the character of Chandramukhi. In 2002, the remake of the film was made with the same name starring the famous Indian actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, and Madhuri Dixit.
- After portraying tragic characters in many films, he started remaining sad and depressed in his real life too. Then, his doctor suggested him to do some light-hearted roles in the films. India Times During an interview, Dilip Kumar talked about it, he said,
I had been playing characters who were ill-fated and a morbid outlook had seized me as a result of my extreme involvement and my living the character beyond the working hour.”
- His first technicolour film was ‘Aan’ (1952) which was released worldwide and premiered in London.
- In 1953, he became the first Indian actor to win the Filmfare Best Actor Award for his role in the Hindi film ‘Daag’ (1952) and went on to win it 7 times in his career. The Times of India
- In 1951, while shooting for the Hindi film ‘Tarana’ Dilip Kumar fell in love with his co-star Madhubala. After a courtship of almost seven years followed by an engagement, troubles started arising in their relationship due to the court case of the Hindi film ‘Naya Daur’ in 1957. Their last film together was the epic Hindi film ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960). In an interview, while talking about Madhubala, he said,
I must admit that I was attracted to her (Madhubala) both as a fine co-star and as a person who had some of the attributes I hoped to find in a woman at that age and time…She, as I said earlier, was very sprightly and vivacious and, as such, she could draw me out of my shyness and reticence effortlessly.”
- Dilip Kumar’s first anti-hero role was in Mehboob Khan’s Hindi film ‘Amar’ (1954).
- Kumar portrayed the role of Prince Salim in K. Asif’s epic historical film ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960). The film remained the 2nd highest-grossing film till 2008 in the history of Hindi films. The film was shot in black & white, and some scenes of the film were shot in colour. In 2004, after almost 44 years of its original release, the film was fully colourised and was re-released in theatres.
- In the Hindi film ‘Gunga Jamuna’ (1961), the role of his younger brother was played by his real brother Nasir Khan. The duo appeared together in another Hindi film ‘Bairaag’ (1976).
- In 1962, he was offered a role in the British film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ by the British director David Lean, which he declined.
- He got married to the Indian actress Saira Banu in 1966 who was almost half of his age. While he was married to Saira, he fell in love with a girl from Pakistan Asma and secretly got married to her in 1980. His marriage with Asma did not last long, and he returned to his first wife, Saira. During an interview, he talked about his marriage to Saira. He said,
When I married Saira she was young, even younger than my sisters. I wondered how she would cope with establishing the right vibes with my brothers and sisters, especially since she belonged to a small family. We siblings were a dozen. But she not only respected and loved them as a devoted sister-in-law, but also keeps me close to all of them.”
- He starred alongside his real-life wife, Saira Banu, for the first time in the Hindi film ‘Gopi’ (1970).
- From 1976 to 1981, he took a 5-year hiatus from films. In 1981, he returned to the film industry and played the lead role in the multi-starrer Hindi film ‘Kranti.’ He then appeared in many Hindi films like ‘Mashaal’ (1984), ‘Karma’ (1986), ‘Izzatdaar’ (1990), and ‘Saudagar’ (1991).
- Dilip Kumar was very close to the Indian actors Shashadhar Mukherjee and Ashok Kumar. Reportedly, Ashok Kumar influenced his acting style, and he advised Dilip to always act “naturally.”
- In 1993, during the riots in Maharashtra (caused by the demolition of Babri Mosque in Ayodhya), he made his home as a command centre for the relief work. He was involved in various social activities, and he was one of the members who conceptualised Jogger’s Park in Bandra, Mumbai.
- Post his acting career, he started his political career in 2000. He was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra by the Indian National Congress from 2000 to 2006.
- On 14 March 2000, in the presence of the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh, Kumar signed nomination papers to compete in the local assembly elections.
- Dilip Kumar loved cooking, and the best dish he used to make was chicken soup. In an interview, the Indian politician Priya Dutt said,
Dad had a very special relationship with Dilip Uncle. Dilip uncle was always an elder brother and advisor to dad. Whenever father had problems in his life and was going through any kind of an upheaval, he would directly walk all the way up to Dilip uncle’s house. He would go up to him and say that I want to eat with you. Dilipsaab himself used to cook a dish then – Chicken Soup. They used to sit over dinner and discuss. They were very important moments to my father. Dad was always giving advice to others as an elder, but he never had someone older than him to handhold him when he needed.”
- Kumar was the idol of the veteran Indian actor Dharmendra. While talking about Dilip in an interview, Dharmendra said,
I used to go and meet him and at times I would want to leave early because I wanted to have my regular (alcohol). Dilipsaab would understand and would ask for alcohol to be served too. But I loved his Chicken soup and what Narmada (his cook) cooked and he would give me advice on my career as well.”
He further added,
Imagine our talks and with so much love he gave me a sweater to wear. It used to get nippy those days in 60s so I told him ‘I will not return it, can I take it?’ He happily gave it to me with a lot of love. Then we were shooting one day; he would tell me wear my suit and I told Saira ‘I have got my own, will wear my own cause his are a little loose’ and I couldn’t say no to him then I reminded him, ‘Dilip sahib I took your sweater’ since nobody forgets if they have bought something nice so he said, ‘Yea I got 2 from Paris, one Nasir took and the other you took.”
- Once, Congress parliamentarian Lilavati Munshi raised the issue of Dilip Kumar’s hairstyle while he was in the Rajya Sabha. She said,
It had “adverse effects” on Indian youths.”
- Once, former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri accused Dilip Kumar of being an Indian secret agent. Later, amid the increasing tension between India and Pakistan, Kumar accepted an award in Pakistan which created huge chaos in India, and he was even threatened by an Indian political party. Kumar then requested the then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee to provide him protection. The Free Press Journal
- Dilip Kumar was a music lover and was well-versed in playing the sitar. Dilip lent his voice to a composition by music director Salil Chowdhury called ‘Lagi Nahi Chute’ with Lata Mangeshkar, for the film ‘Musafir’ in 1957. It was also the only song he ever sang.
- In 2007, Dilip Kumar landed in a property dispute with his brothers, Ahsan and Aslam. Kumar wanted to reconstruct his house in Mumbai, but his brothers were not ready to vacate it. The Free Press Journal
- In 2008, a Hindi documentary ‘Abhinay Samrat Ki Dastan’ was released on the life of Kumar.
- On his 89th birthday in 2011, Dilip Kumar launched his Twitter account.
- In an interview, while talking about the new age actors, Dilip Kumar said,
Yes, most of today’s actors are thinking that what is kept in literature. I have to say that literature works to keep your sensibilities alive. We have become friends with machines as if we too have become machines. I have read a lot of writers like Mir, Ghalib, Tagore, Iqbal, Faiz, Josh, Premchand, Sharatchand and Manto. These are the writers everyone should read. All the great writers of the world should read. But very few actors of today read literature. This round is looking a little too fast, but it should be considered whether this fast race will be successful in taking a person somewhere.”
- Dilip Kumar had been featured on the cover page of various magazines.
- He was well-versed in speaking various languages including Pashto, Hindko, Urdu, Hindi, and English.
- Dilip Kumar was very close to the famous Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan. In an interview, Dilip’s wife Saira said that Shah Rukh Khan was their mooh-bola-beta. She further said,
Dilip saab gave the ceremonial clap (Dil Aashna Hai). I have always said that if we had a son, he might have looked like Shah Rukh. Both he and saab are a lot alike and have similar hair, which is why I like to run my fingers through Shah Rukh Khan when we meet. This time (during one of their earlier meetings) he asked me, ‘Aaj aap mere baalon ko haath nahin laga rahi hain?’ I was happy to.”
- Once, Dilip Kumar said that he was one of the poorest actors in India, he further said,
My costumes and everyday clothes are stitched by the tailor on Pali Naka who had been making my cloths ever since I started living in Bandra. I have my own barber who visit my house once in a month.”
- In the Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Mumbai, an auditorium has been named after him with the name ‘Dilip Kumar Auditorium.’ In an interview, the college officials said,
The College hall has been named after the alumnus and thespian actor Dilip Kumar. This center is amphitheater for budding talents. Having a proper stage with a green room facility, the college hall has a 500 plus seating capacity. Apart from being the venue for formal functions, the hall is also used for events like drama competitions, literary events, Kavi-Sammelan, Mehfil and allied artistic pursuits.”
- Dilip and Saira did not have any child of their own. During an interview, while talking about it Dilip said,
It would have been great if we had our own kids. But we have no regrets. We are both submissive to the will of God. As for incompleteness, I must tell you that neither Saira nor I can complain of a lack of contentment. It is enough for us that we have our families to share our happiness and our small dismays with. Mine is a large family, with so many nieces and nephews and their families of growing kids speaking the language of today, which is as bewildering as it is befitting the times they are living in. Saira’s is a small family comprising her brother Sultan and his kids and grandchildren. We feel we are lucky to be there for them when they need us.”
- In an interview, while talking about Saira Banu, Kumar said,
I wish to live for the happiness of my wife. I knew and know even more strongly now that she loves me as no one, other than my mother, has. I wish to live for her love and devotion. It is so lovely to wake up and see the preparations she has done to make each day worth living for. In fact, our common wish now is to care for, and make, each other happy. You have to be truly lucky to be in my place.”
- In 2013, he visited Masjid al-Haram (The Great Mosque of Mecca), Saudi Arabia, along with his wife and a few relatives. In an interview, Kumar said,
Allah has been kind that he’s given me the strength to go on Umrah (pilgrimage) with Saira, Asif, Faisal… My doctor friends, few relatives are also accompanying me to Umrah. Keep me in your prayers.”
- In 2015, Pakistan’s provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that the ancestral home of Dilip Kumar in Pakistan would be turned into a national heritage site. India Today
- As he was getting older, he suffered from various age-related ailments. Later, he was detected with prostate cancer which had spread in the other organs of his body. After a prolonged illness, he passed away on 7 July 2021 in Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai, and on his demise, one of the doctors involved in his treatment said,
He had water in pleural cavity and suffered kidney failure. He required blood transfusion multiple times. We carried out the last transfusion but it did not help.”
- On 7 July 2021, he was wrapped in a tricolour flag and with the full state honour, he was buried at the Juhu Qabrastan in Santacruz, Mumbai. Many Indian actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, and Dharmendra were present at his last rites.
- On his demise, many Indian and Pakistani celebrities shared their condolences on Twitter. The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi tweeted,
Dilip Kumar Ji will be remembered as a cinematic legend. He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. His passing away is a loss to our cultural world. Condolences to his family, friends and innumerable admirers. RIP.”
- Even the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan was disheartened to know about Dilip’s demise. He tweeted,
Saddened to learn of Dilip Kumar’s passing. I can never forget his generosity in giving his time to help raise funds for SKMTH when project launched. This is the most difficult time – to raise first 10% of the funds & his appearance in Pak & London helped raise huge amounts. Apart from this, for my generation Dilip Kumar was the greatest and most versatile actor.”
- The legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted,
An institution has gone… Whenever the history of Indian Cinema will be written, it shall always be ‘before Dilip Kumar, and after Dilip Kumar’ … My duas for peace of his soul and the strength to the family to bear this loss. Deeply saddened.”