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From Yusuf Khan to Dilip Kumar; Story of name change

From Yusuf Khan to Dilip

Ground Report | New Delhi: From Yusuf Khan to Dilip; Dilip Kumar, popularly known as the ‘Tragedy King’ in Bollywood, will turn 97 on December 11. Dilip Kumar’s real name was Mohammad Yusuf Khan but later the name was changed and the new name was Dilip Kumar. I also got recognition with this name.

There are many such stories in the life of Dilip Sahab, on which a film can be made if a film is made.

Veteran actor Dilip Kumar passed away today at the age of 98. Dr Jalil Parkar, who is treating him at PD Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai, has given this information. On June 30, he was admitted to Hinduja Hospital after he had difficulty in breathing. Earlier on June 6, he was admitted to the hospital due to the same problem. He was ill for the past several months.

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Know 10 interesting things

1 Dilip Kumar He was born on 11 December 1922 in Peshawar, Pakistan. His real name is Mohammad Yusuf Khan.

2- Dileep’s father’s name was Lala Ghulam Sarwar, he made a living by selling fruits. Dilip had 12 sisters and brothers, so many difficulties had to be faced in running the house.

3- When the partition of India and Pakistan took place, the entire family of Dilip came to Mumbai. After coming there was neither home nor money. After this, Dilip started working at a sandwich stall in an army club in Pune.

4- Dilip used to get Re 1 per day for working in the sandwich stall. But on the strength of his hard work in life, he made himself to this point.

5- Dilip Sahab once went to Nainital in connection with his work. There he met Devika Rani. Devika was the first actress in the history of Indian cinema, who did an on-screen kiss. Devika advised Yusuf that he should go to the movies. But at that time he ignored Devika’s talk.


6- Sometime after meeting Devika, Dilip was traveling on a local train in Mumbai. Then he met Dr. Masani. Dr. Saheb saw him and said the same thing that Devika had said. This thing stuck to Dilip and he reached Devika Rani’s studio. Here he got a job. The salary was Rs 1250.

7- From here the film journey of Dilip Sahab started. But till this time his name was not Dilip but Mohammad Yusuf Khan. Devika Rani did not like this name as a hero. So he asked the writers sitting around him to suggest a name for Yusuf.

8- In the year 1944, the film ‘Jwar Bhata’ of this new boy turned from Yusuf to Dilip was released. But the film didn’t work. Dilip Kumar’s second film was Pratima (1945). This too failed. Then came director Nitin Bose’s film ‘Milan’ in 1946. Dilip Kumar was in the lead. The film became a hit.

9- After this Dilip Kumar did ‘Jugnu’, ‘Shaheed’, ‘Andaz’, ‘Jogan’, ‘Daag’, ‘Aan’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Naya Daur’ and ‘Mughal-e- He did super hit films like ‘Azam’. . At the age of 25, he became the number one actor in the country. There was only one name on every tongue. Dilip Kumar

10- Dilip was awarded 8 Filmfare Awards, in addition to 19 Filmfare nominations. Dilip Kumar has also received the Dada Phalke Award, Padma Bhushan Award, and the highest honor. Apart from this, he also received Pakistan’s highest civilian honor.

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From Yusuf Khan to Dilip Kumar; Name change story

How Yusuf Khan became Dilip Kumar in order to avoid a beating from his father. Kumar is frank in his assessment of the lack in the Indian and the larger Asian cinema, admitting that there is a long way to go. Perhaps more interesting is the part where he talks about the popularity of tragic cinema over the happy variety, and how his roles as the tragic hero came to eventually affect his personal life.

Kumar talks about the constant pull/push that an actor feels towards his characters, despite knowing that the situation he is a part of is purely fictional. (Mourning and feeling the pain of the death of his screen mother Lalita Pawar, despite knowing that the healthy and hearty woman was eating in front of him moments ago and is very much alive.)

The actor talks about his visit to various psychiatrists and drama coaches in the United Kingdom while trying to untie his on-screen and off-screen personas, and how their advice influenced his gradual opening up towards the other genres of cinema.

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