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Dilip Kumar Turns 86

Dilip KumarOne of the senior-most stars of the Hindi film industry, actor Dilip Kumar completes 86 glorious years today, December 11, 2008. Indiatimes Movies wishes the thespian actor a very happy birthday and tells you some interesting trivia about him.

- Dilip Kumar was born on December 11, 1922 in Peshawar, Pakistan (then in India). His birth name was Muhammad Yusuf Khan.

- Leading actress of 40s and wife of Himanshu Rai (founder of Bombay Talkies), Devika Rani helped him get his first film Jwar Bhata (1944) and also gave him his screen name Dilip Kumar.

- Dilip Kumar is known for playing tragedy roles in films like Devdas, Deedar, Amar and Madhumati which earned him the title of "Tragedy King".

- Dilip Kumar along with Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand were the reigning superstars through the 50s and 60s and were often pitted as rivals. But much against the media notion, they shared good friendly bond. Dilip Kumar also worked with Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand in Andaaz and Insaniyat respectively.

Dilip Kumar had a torrid affair with actress Madhubala for seven long years, with whom he costarred in the blockbuster hit Mughal-e-Azam . However the relationship ended abruptly when Madhubala¢s father Attaullah Khan didn¢t approve of their association. Madhubala opted out of B R Chopra¢s Naya Daur which was followed by a court case where Dilip Kumar was in favour of Chopra.

- Dilip Kumar married a much younger Saira Banu who was half her age when they married. Dilip Kumar was 44 then and Saira Banu was just 22. In fact Saira Banu was a big fan of Dilip Kumar and even attended the premiere of Mughal-e-Azam to catch a glimpse of him. However he never turned up for the premiere. Years later Dilip Kumar attended the premiere of the coloured version of Mughal-e-Azam in 2004 along with wife Saira Banu.

- Dilip Kumar wrote the screenplay of one of his early films Ganga Jamna (1961) where he starred along with younger brother Nasir Khan. The duo played brothers in the film and the film was a big hit. Nasir Khan is the father of actor Ayub Khan who starred in films like Salaami and Mrityudand . Nasir Khan¢s wife Begum Para was last seen in Saawariya as Sonam Kapoor¢s grandmother.

- Dilip Kumar was offered the role of Sherif Ali by British director David Lean in the famous film Lawrence of Arabia . However Dilip Kumar refused the role and eventually the part was played by Omar Sharif.

- Dilip Kumar was all set to direct a film called Kalinga in 1996 starring names like Nana Patekar and Jackie Shroff. Sadly the film never got made.

- Dilip Kumar¢s last film appearance was in a movie named Qila
in 1998. Interestingly he had a double role in the film and also played a villainous character through one of them.

Post By: Deepak Pujabi

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