|Biographical detail : ||Bollywood legendary actor widely known by his screen name of Dilip Kumar.
Dilip Kumar (Yusuf Khan) has been a dominant figure for over five decades in an industry where actors spring up like mushrooms and are wiped out of public memory like footprints in the sand. His standing as the unquestioned icon of Bollywood is a tribute both to his star appeal among successive generations of film audiences and his acting talent.
Dilip Kumar’s legendary career started by pure chance when he was barely twenty-two and with no interest in films to speak of. He achieved his undisputed status as India’s outstanding film actor through sheer hard work and amazing dedication. Acting in only fifty-four films in nearly as many years, Dilip Kumar known as the Tragedy King, for most of his role ending in death scenes, helped create landmark films from 1940s to the 1990s, including Shaheed, Jogan, Devdas, Naya Daur, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jumna, Sagina Mahato and Shakti, to name a few – Jwar Bhata (1944) being the first. Intensely involved in all aspects of the films he worked in, he also helped direct several of them. He remains a measuring rod by which Indian actors continue to be judged.
Yusuf is a very private man in a very public industry. Thus, so much has been written about him there remains an aura of mystery about him. His cultured dignity and grace have given him credibility that transcends the silver screen, making him a public figure who, is both widely admired and respected.
Numerous awards were given to Yusuf for his dizzy heights of success from early 1950s to late 1990s including India’s Padma Bhushan (1991) and Dada Sahib Phalke Award (1995) and Pakistan’s highest award Nishan-e-Imtyaz (1998).
Born Yusuf Khan in Peshawar, now in Pakistan – a man of gentle nature and who loves and recites Urdu poetry. Despite his break in his academic studies, he remained an avid reader and became a self-educated intellectual.