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'Tragedy King' turns 90

Published Dec 11, 2012 06:40am


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Dilip kumar and Madhubala.–File Photo

With a career spanning six decades and more than 60 films in his bag, not to mention the highest number of Filmfare award wins (a record he shares only with Shah Rukh Khan), he is hailed by critics, contemporaries and audiences as the greatest actor in Hindi cinema. According to a report published in Times of India 

And even as he brings in his 90th birthday today, Dilip Kumar, born Muhammad Yousuf Khan, continues to inspire generations of actors setting foot in the film industry.

He started his memorable Bollywood journey with the 1944 release "Jwar Bhata". Thereafter, he went on to give classics like "Madhumati", "Shaheed", "Devdas", "Andaz", "Amar", “Aan”,  "Mughal-E-Azam", "Ram Aur Shyam", "Karma" and "Saudagar".

He was crowned the Tragedy King of Bollywood for playing a doomed lover in films like "Andaaz", "Baabul", "Mela", "Deedar", and "Jogan".

The character of Amarnath Singh in 'Qila' (1998) was Dilip Kumar's last film role. He stopped acting after this film.

The icon that he is, celebrations for his 90th birthday are being planned the world over, says his wife, but he wants it to be a sober affair in Mumbai.


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GOHEER Dec 11, 2012 01:56pm
Happy birthday , Dilip sahib
Chanakya Dec 11, 2012 07:21am
Dilip brought freshness,new direction, romance, music and handsomeness to Hindi movies.At that time there was another actor equally as good or could be better another Kumar,Ashok.But Dilip was breath of freshness.And he was equally rewarded by the adoring audience.A Very Happy Birthday to you, Dilip.
Manzoor H. Khatana, Ph.D. Dec 11, 2012 02:47pm
A great actor and a great man who showed his manhood in a truly South Asian fashion.
Agha Ata Dec 11, 2012 02:35pm
He looks so young. I think he is is not old yet. He is just acting.
Lakhkar Khan Dec 12, 2012 05:20am
In Peshawar, I know a pakora wala has at least 5 large pictures of Dilip Kumar sahab hung at his shop. Dilip, Madhubala, Kapoor family, Shahrukh and many more.... Peshawar ki mutti gives brith to lots of talent. Happy Birthday Dilip sahab and many many more!! From Peshawar with love...