BOLLYWOOD’S tragedy king turns 97

Dilip Kumar, India’s legendary thespian, has turned 97. Dada saheeb Phalke Award winner Padma Vibhushan,   superannuated actor whose real name is    Muhammad Yusuf Khan, made his debut in Jwar Bhata in 1944. Produced by famed Bombay Talkies, the movie was directed by Amiya Chakravarty. Music director was Anil Biswas and cinematography by Radhu Karmakar who was later was associated with director-actor and producer Raj Kapur. He has starred in 65 films during his five -decade old career. He has bagged nine Filmfare Awards and is the first recipient of the Filmfare Best Actor Award (1954). His last film was Qila released in 1998.Most of the Dilip Kumar Bollywood movies were commercially successful. Peshawar born Dilip Kumar on Wednesday, December 11 acknowledges greetings saying he has received these from fans with gratitude and tears. The actor uploaded a picture of himself on Twitter and wrote, “On this 97th birthday, calls and messages have been pouring in since last night-thank you!”Celebrations are not important- your boundless love, affection and prayers have always brought tears of gratitude in my eyes.”Last year, the actor was diagnosed with mild pneumonia. Asked about his health his wife Saira Banu said his is much better now.”He is fine. He is much better” Everyone must pray for him, she says at their Bandra residence.(edited by PK Chakravarty with image from The Economic Times)

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