Happy Birthday Dilip Kumar: Lesser known facts about the ‘Tragedy King’

Legendary actor Dilip Kumar celebrates his 96th birthday on December 11, 2018. He is widely knowns as the ‘tragedy king of Bollywood’. Known for his timeless classics, the versatile star's career spans six decades. Kumar has done more than 100 films that have impressed generations with his stellar acting prowess and magnetism. He is married to actor Saira Banu. Some of his films are pure gold, including Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Devdas (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Gunga Jamuna (1961), Madhumati (1958) among others.  So, on his birthday, we bring to you a few unware facts about the star.

We all know that Dilpji’s real name is Mohammad Yusuf Khan. But, he considered Uday Kumar and Vaaman Kumar before finalising Dilip Kumar. The name was given to the legend by a popular actor from the Bombay Talkies, Devika Rani. If you thought that Dilipji started earning bread for his family with acting, then you'd be wrong. Initially, before entering showbiz, the actor used to sell fruits in Pune, India. *amazed*

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Well, during the peak of his career, Dilip Kumar used to charge a fee between Rs 5 lakhs to Rs 11 lakhs. Quite the whopping number for his time! He was honoured with the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan's highest civilian award, in 1998, for his contribution to enhancing relations between India and Pakistan. FYI, Dilip hails from Pakistan.

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Lastly, Happy Birthday Dilip Kumar. Stay healthy always!

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