Muhammad Yusuf Khan, known professionally as Dilip Kumar, is an actor, producer and philanthropist, who was later elected to India’s parliament.
Popularly known as The Tragedy King and The First Khan, he has been credited with bringing realism to film acting since his first film.
Critics have acclaimed him as one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema.
Kumar debuted as an actor in the film Jwar Bhata (1944), produced by Bombay Talkies.
In a career spanning over five decades, Kumar worked in over 65 films.
Kumar is known for roles in films such as the romantic Andaz (1949), the heartwarming Babul (1950), the impassioned Deedar (1951), the swashbuckling Aan (1952), social drama Daag (1952), the dramatic Devdas (1955), the comical Azaad (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Yahudi (1958), Madhumati (1958), Kohinoor (1960), the epic historical Mughal-e-Azam (1960), the social dacoit crime drama Gunga Jamuna (1961), and the comedy Ram Aur Shyam (1967).
In 1976, Kumar took a five-year break from film performances and returned with a character role in the film Kranti (1981) and continued his career playing leading roles in films such as Shakti (1982), Mashaal (1984), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991). His last film was Qila (1998).
He has won nine Filmfare Awards and is the first recipient of the Filmfare Best Actor Award (1954). Dilip Kumar had a long relationship with actress Madhubala but never married her. He married actress Saira Bano in 1966.
He and his wife Saira Bano currently live in the Bandra suburb of Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra in India.
As of 2020, he is the last living male actor from Bollywood’s Golden Age of movies.
- Full name: Muhammad Yusuf Khan
- Profession: Indian actor
- Born: 11 December 1922 (age 97 years), Peshawar, Pakistan
- Full name: Muhammed Yusuf Khan
- Siblings: Nasir Khan, Aslam Khan, Akhtar Asif, Noor Mohammed, MORE
- Spouse: Asma Rehman (m. 1981–1983), Saira Banu (m. 1966)