Ranging from Amitabh Bachchan to Shahrukh Khan, everyone in the bollywood is his fan and as the veteran star turns a year older, it calls for a celebration in the B-town. Dilip Kumar was born on December 11, 1922 in a Pathan family from Peshawar. He was actually named as Mohammad Yusuf Khan. Dilip began his career as a dry fruit supplier and a canteen owner in Pune. The then famous actressDevika Rani and her husband Himashu Rai (owner of the Bombay Talkies) spotted the hero in Dilip Kumar and casted him as the hero in their film Jwar Bhata in 1944, where his journey to the stardom began, later on becoming like a religious figure for people entering Bollywood. . Mohammad Yusuf Khan was rechristened by the Hindi author Bhagwati Charan to become Dilip Kumar. With a career span of almost sixty years and 60 films to his credit Yusuf Khan became the undisputed king of romance and tragedy.
The legendary star has also been awarded and acknowledged with many prestigious titles and awards for his endless contribution to the film industry and for the country too. He won the prestigious Padma Bhushan award in 1991 followed up it by a Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 for his contributions towards Indian cinema. He was also nominated to Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian parliament for a term.