Here are some lesser-known facts about Dilip Kumar. Read ahead to take a look.
Dilip Kumar, born as Mohammed Yusuf Khan, is a veteran actor and philanthropist. He has been praised for his phenomenal performances on-screen. The actor is often referred to as the “First Khan” and is credited for bringing the technique of method acting into Indian Cinema.
The legendary actor made his debut in 1944 with the Bollywood movie, Jwar Bhata. He rose to fame in 1947 with the successful movie, Jugnu.
Dilip Kumar holds the record of winning the Filmfare Award for Best Actor maximum number of times, till date. Having a successful career spanning over five decades, Dilip Kumar has appeared in over 60 movies and has a huge fan-base.
Dilip Kumar always made the headlines for being in a relationship with Bollywood actor, Madhubala. But the couple never tied the knot. He went on to get married to the actor, Saira Banu in 1966.
Dilip Kumar is considered as one of the last surviving great actors from the “golden age of Hindi Cinema”.
Here are Lesser known facts about Dilip Kumar
Dilip Kumar did his schooling from Barnes School in Deolali, Nashik where Raj Kapoor was his childhood friend and the two grew up together in the same religiously mixed neighbourhood.
Dilip Kumar ran away from his house in 1940 while he was still a teenager after having an argument with his father and went to Pune where he set up a sandwich stall with the help of a Parsi café owner and saved over Rs 5000 which was a huge amount at the time.
In 1942, Dilip Kumar joined Bombay Talkies where he worked as a script-writer for the salary of Rs 1250 per month.
Dilip Kumar reportedly suffered from depression because of the intense characters he was playing in movies in the 1950s due to which he was also labelled as the “tragedy king”.
Dilip Kumar was approached by the British director, David Lean in 1962, in order to play the character of Sherif Ali in his movie Lawrence of Arabia, but Dilip Kumar declined the offer.