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Dilip Kumar, (born 11 December 1922, as Muhammed Yusuf Khan) is an Indian film actor and a former Member of Parliament. He made debut as an actor in the movie Jwar Bhata (1944), produced by Bombay Talkies. He is also known as Tragedy King, and is described as "the ultimate method actor" by Satyajit Ray. In a blog post, leading Indian actor, Amitabh Bachchan has described Dilip Kumar as the greatest actor ever. The King of Bollywood said, "No one can copy him and idiots like me try to copy him.

Dilip Kumar has been active in efforts to bring the people of India and Pakistan closer together. He has been a member of the upper house of Parliament since 2000. He was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994. In 1998 he was awarded the Nishan-e-Imtiaz, the highest civilian award conferred by the government of Pakistan. He is the second Indian to receive the award. At the time of the Kargil War, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray demanded Dilip Kumar return his Nishan-e-Imtiaz, arguing that "He must return Nishan-e-Imtiaz following that country's blatant aggression on Indian soil.

Dilip Kumar was born as "Muhammad Yusuf Khan" on 11 December 1922 in Peshawar, British India (now a city in Pakistan). He was born into a Pashtun[11] family, and his father, Lala Ghulam Sarwar, was a fruit merchant who owned orchards in Peshawar and Deolali (in Maharashtra, India). In the late 1930s, his family of 12 members relocated to Mumbai. Around 1940, Dilip Kumar left home for Pune where he started his career as a canteen owner and a dry fruit supplier.[11][12][13] In 1943, actress Devika Rani, and her husband Himanshu Rai who owned Bombay Talkies spotted Dilip Kumar in Aundh military canteens Pune,[13] and cast him with a lead role in their film Jwar Bhata (1944), which marked Dilip Kumar's entry into the Bollywood film industry. Hindi author Bhagwati Charan Varma gave him the screen name Dilip Kumar.

Dilip Kumar's first film Jwar Bhata (1944) went unnoticed, it was Jugnu (1947) which became his first major hit at box office. He went on to appear in many hit films including Mela (1948), Andaz (1949), Deedar (1951), Devdas (1955), Yahudi (1958) and Madhumati (1958). These films established his screen image as the "Tragedy King". Together with Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand he was the biggest star in Bollywood in the 1950s. He starred alongside Raj Kapoor in Andaz (1949) and with Dev Anand in Insaniyat (1955). He formed popular on-screen pairings with many of the top actresses at the time including Nargis, Kamini Kaushal, Meena Kumari, Madhubala and Vyjanthimala. 1981 he returned with the multi-starrer Kranti which was the biggest hit of the year.[21] He went onto play character roles in hit films including Shakti (1982), Vidhaata (1982), Mashaal (1984) and Karma (1986). Dilip Kumar holds the record for winning three consecutive Film Fare Best Actor awards,sweeping them in 1955,1956 and 1957. No other actor has attained such feat in the history of Hindi Cinema. Dilip Kumar was very choosy, and turned down lead roles in many films which eventually were released to great box office success, including Lawrence of Arabia, Pyaasa, The Rains Came and Sangam.

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