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Overview (5)

Born in Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India
Died in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Birth NameYusuf Khan
Nicknames Legendary Khan
Tragedy King
Height 5' 8¼" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dilip Kumar is considered one of the greatest actors of Indian cinema. Starting his career in 1944, he starred in some of the biggest commercially successful films in the period 1949-1961. . He was the first actor to receive a Filmfare Best Actor Award and holds the record for most number of Filmfare Awards won for that category. Though he has done films of other genres occasionally - he balanced out with roles such as the intense Andaz (1949) with the swashbuckling Aan (1952), the dramatic Devdas (1955) with the comical Azaad (1955) and the historical romance Mughal E Azam (1960) with the social Ganga Jamuna (1961) - he predominantly specialized in doing love stories or tragic roles from 1944-1961. From the late 1960s, roles dried up for Kumar as films starring Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar and Shammi Kapoor were more successful from 1961-1969 and also Dilip's films from 1966 to 1976 were box office flops like Dil Diya Dard Liya, Sunghursh, Aadmi, Dastaan, Gopi, Sagina and Bairaag and after 1976 he left films for a five year break. After Rajesh Khanna became first superstar of Indian Cinema in 1969, most of the author backed lead roles from 1969-1991, went to Rajesh Khanna. In 1981 Dilip returned with a character role at Manoj Kumar's insistence in the blockbuster film Kranti and continued his career playing central character roles in multi-hero films such as Shakti (1982), Karma (1986), Vidhaata, Mazdoor, Mashaal, Duniya, Dharm Adhikari, Kanoon Apna Apna, Izzatdaar, Saudagar (1991), and Qila. But his only films to be successful from 1981 at the box office were Kranti, Vidhaata, Karma, Dharm Adhikari, Kanoon Apna Apna and Saudagar. He retired from the Indian Film Industry in 1998.

He was born Muhammad Yusuf Khan in Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar Pakistan in a Hindko-speaking Awan family of twelve children. His father Ghulam Sarwar was a fruit merchant and owned large orchards in Peshawar and Devlali in Maharashtra near Mumbai. The family relocated to Mumbai in 1930s and in the early 1940s, Yusuf Khan moved to Pune and started off with his canteen business and supplying dry fruits.

There he was spotted by a leading actress of those years Devika Rani who was also the wife of Himanshu Rai (the founder of Bombay Talkies), and helped his entry into the Bollywood film industry. She also gave him the screen name of Dilip Kumar.

His first film, Jwar Bhata, was released in 1944, and went unnoticed. His next 2 films Pratima (1945), Naukadubi (1947) were box office flops. In 1947 he shot to prominence with the film Jugnu, his first major hit, and followed it up with successful Shaheed (1948) and thereby became a star. His next release, Ghar Ki Izzat (1948), was a box office flop. He fell in love with Kamini Kaushal and their on-screen paid was a hit with audience. Kamini Kaushal-Dilip Kumar gave hits like Shaheed (1948), Nadiya Ke Paar (1948), Shabnam (1949), and Arzoo (1950). Kamini Kaushal was a bigger star than Dilip Kumar even before they did Shaheed (1948) as a pair, since Kamini had 4 hits to her name already and Dilip had a crush on her ever since her first film Neecha Nagar became a hit in 1946. In 1949, he co-starred with the then-struggling actor-director Raj Kapoor, who had a flop in Aag as a director and had 11 flops as an actor before this film, in the romantic melodrama film Andaz, which went to become a huge success and made him a star. Throughout the 1950s he was one of the biggest stars of Bollywood along with Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand. Dev Anand, who had 3 flops from 1946-47, became a star when Ziddi became a hit in 1948 and Raj Kapoor's fortune as an actor changed when Andaz became a hit in 1949. Thus among the trio, first to become a star was Dilip Kumar, then second was Dev Anand, and the third was Raj Kapoor. Dilip became known for playing tragic love story roles in hit films such as Nadiya Ke Paar (1948), Mela (1948), Andaz (1949), Jogan (1950), Babul (1950), Arzoo (1950), Deedar (1951), Tarana (1951), Deedar (1951), Daag (1952), Shikast (1953) which earned him the title of "Tragedy King". Some of his most famous films in tragic roles were box office flops like Amar (1954), Devdas (1955), Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966) and Aadmi (1968). Madhumati (1958) gave him Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

With Nargis he had 5 hits: Mela (1948), Andaz (1949), Jogan (1950), Babul (1950), Deedar (1951). He also had 2 flops: Anokha Pyar (1948), Hulchul (1951). In 1951, the Kamini Kaushal-Dilip Kumar affair ended. The pairing of Madhubala and Dilip Kumar had a hit in Tarana (1951) and a pair of flops in Sangdil (1952) and Amar (1954), but the couple fell in love with each-other while working in Amar (1954). Madhubala and Dilip Kumar broke up in 1957 while working in Mughal-e-Azam, but being professionals did work together to complete the film, which took years to finish and got released in 1960.

From 1952-1961, he had hits like Daag (1952), Aan (1953) and Uran Khatola (1955) with Nimmi, Shikast (1953) with Nalini Jaywant, Foot Path (1953), Azaad (1955), Yahudi (1958) and Kohinoor (1960) with Meena Kumari, Insaniyat (1955) with Bina Rai,Naya Daur (1957), Madhumati (1958) and Ganga Jamuna (1960) with Vyjanthimala, Musafir (1957) with Suchitra Sen. From 1952-1962, his only flops were Sangdil (1952), Amar (1954), Devdas (1955). Therefore, this period of 1949-1961 is considered the peak period of Dilip Kumar's career as a hero.

He was also successful in playing lighthearted roles such as playing a swashbuckling peasant in Aan (1952) and a comic role in Azaad (1955). In 1960 he starred in the historical film Mughal-e-Azam opposite Madhubala, which is as of 2008, the third highest grossing film in Hindi film history inflation adjusted - behind Kismet (1943), Haathi Mere Saathi (1971) and ahead of Sholay (1975), Hum Aapke Hai Kaun (1994) - in which he played the role of the Mughal crown prince Jehangir, son of Akbar.

In 1961 he produced and starred in the hit Ganga Jamuna, in which he and his real-life brother Nasir Khan played the title roles. Despite the film's success he did not produce any film after this but gave away the script for its Tamil version, Iru Dhruvam starring Sivaji Ganesan. Dilip had a narrow brush with international fame in 1962 when British director David Lean offered him the role of Sherif Ali in his 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. However Kumar declined the part citing its a small role for a big hero like him. The role eventually went to Egypt's Omar Sharif. His next films were the critically acclaimed Leader (1964) and critically panned Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966), which were huge box office flops but he bounced back when he played a dual role of twins separated at birth in the film Ram Aur Shyam (1967) which was one of the biggest box office hits of the year. But again his next releases Aadmi (1968) and Sunghursh (1968) flopped and Dilip Kumar's acting career as a hero ended as most of the roles which he would have got went to the first superstar of Indian cinema - Rajesh Khanna from 1969-1991.

In the period 1969-1976 the career of most of the actors like Rajendra Kumar, Shammi Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor as the hero ended with emergence of Rajesh Khanna. Many of Kumar's films like Sunghursh (1968), Aadmi (1968), Dastaan (1972), Gopi (1973), Sagina (1974), and Bairaag (1976) failed at the box office during this period and after the release of his 1976 film Bairaag in which he played triple roles, he took retirement as the hero. But Manoj Kumar ensured that Dilip Kumar made a comeback and put an end to a five year break from acting but offering a role in Kranti in 1981. Initially Dilip Kumar was hesitant to do the role, but Maoj Kumar convinced him to make a comeback. People preferred to cast Rajesh Khanna or Sanjeev Kumar in the solo lead hero films instead of casting Dilip Kumar in the period 1966 to 1987.

He made a comeback in 1981 with the multi-starrer Kranti, which was the biggest hit of the year. He went onto play character roles as an elderly family patriarch or a police officer in films like Shakti (1982), Karma (1986), Vidhaata, Mazdoor, Mashaal, Duniya, Dharm Adhikari, Kanoon Apna Apna, Izzatdaar, Saudagar (1991), and Qila. But his only films to be successful from 1981 at box office were Kranti, Vidhaata, Karma, Dharm Adhikari, Kanoon Apna Apna and Saudagar. In his last major successful film, Saudagar (1991), he appeared alongside another legendary actor, Raaj Kumar, three decades after they last appeared together in Paigham (1959). In 1992 he won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 1996 he was supposed to make his directorial debut with a film titled Kalinga, with him and Rajesh Khanna in the lead, but the film was shelved. In 1998 he made his last film appearance to date in the box office flop Qila, where in a rare form he played a villainous role. He has since retired from the film industry due to his indifferent health.

Dilip Kumar's younger brother Nasir Khan was also an actor and appeared opposite Dilip in Ganga Jamuna (1961) and Bairaag (1976) as well as acted as hero in 22 films from 1948-1961, but 17 were flops. Thus Nasir's career was not as successful and he died in 1974. Nasir Khan's son Ayub Khan is also an actor in the industry. Nasir Khan's wife was 1950s actress Begum Para who made a comeback to films after 50 years in the film Saawariya in 2007 in supporting role.

Dilip Kumar married actress and beauty queen Saira Banu in 1966 when he was aged 44 and she was 22. At the time, gossip columnists predicted doom for the high-profile couple, but the union has been one of the longest lasting marriages in Bollywood.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Aryaan Ansari

Family (3)

Spouse Asma Rehman (1981 - 1983)  (divorced)
Saira Banu (11 October 1966 - 7 July 2021)  (his death)
Parents Lala Ghulam Sarwar Khan
Ayesha Begum
Relatives Ayub Khan (niece or nephew)
Saqib Khan (niece or nephew)
Ilaham (niece or nephew)
Fahd (niece or nephew)
Amjad Mohammed (niece or nephew)
Mohammed, Javed (niece or nephew)
Asif, Zooni (niece or nephew)
Fauzia (sibling)
Akhtar (sibling)
Nasir Khan (sibling)
Ayub Khan (niece or nephew)

Trade Mark (1)

His deep, rich voice

Trivia (81)

Formed a popular on-screen couple and had hit films with Kamini Kaushal, Nimmi, Meena Kumari and Vyjayanthimala. But off-screen he had fallen in one-sided love with Kamini Kaushal from 1948-51 and later fell in love with Madhubala between 1954-57, however Madhubala's father disliked Dilip's behavior and disapproved of the alliance.
Son-in-law of Naseem Banu.
Brother of actor Nasir Khan.
Bollywood's second biggest star after Ashok Kumar. Dilip Kumar became a star only thanks to the 1947 hit Jugnu and Shaheed in 1948. Motilal, Sohrab Modi, Ashok Kumar and K.L. Saigal were regarded as greater actors than Dilip Kumar, when he made his debut.
He is known as the "tragedy king".
He was the highest paid Hindi actor from 1950-1961 and the 3rd highest paid Hindi actor from 1966-68.
Is uncle (by marriage to wife Saira Bano) of actress Shaheen, who is married to actor Sumeet Saigal.
During escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, he had agreed to accept an award from Pakistan, and was threatened by workers of an extreme right-wing political party in Bombay, India. He actually wrote to the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for protection. The threat has now subsided with improved relations between India and Pakistan.
Has been a member of parliament.
At the time of marriage, he was 44 and Saira Banu was 22.
According to Dilip Kumar, the people who molded him into a star-actor were Devika Rani, Ashok Kumar, Nitin Bose, Sashadar Mukherji, Bimal Roy, S S Vasan, Mehboob Khan.
Dilip Kumar regarded that chronologically more versatile actors than him are Motilal, Sohrab Modi, Ashok Kumar. He was a fan of K.L.Saigal as well. Dilip Kumar regarded that his seniors M.G. Ramachandran and Pran, his juniors by age Sivaji Ganesan, Sanjeev Kumar and Rajesh Khanna were more versatile than him. Later in the 1990's he added he liked Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Hasan's contribution as well.
His, Dev Anand's and Raj Kapoor's peak period together in film industry was from 1949-1961. Dilip Kumar had 3 flops from 1944-47, before Jugnu (1947)made him a star. Similarly Dev Anand became a star after Ziddi became a blockbuster in 1948 though he had 3 flops from 1946-48 after his debut in 1946. Raj Kapoor became a star with Andaz and Barsaat becoming hits in 1949 and before 1949, he had done 10 films as hero from 1943-48 and all 10 films were flops. The period 1962-1975 was not good for both Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor as they had many flops and especially Raj Kapoor had put on weight and Raj looked elder by 20 years to Dev and Dilip in 1970's and much older in 1980s; but Dev Anand moved ahead and as he looked younger and fit, Dev did romantic films as well in the 1970s and films of other genres in 1970s and '80s and Dev had many hits right from 1948-1991 as lead hero.
Dilip Kumar did 62 films which includes 5 guest appearances. So Dilip's total films as lead hero was 57 only. He had 25 flops from 1947-1996 which includes 2 films in guest appearance as flops. He had 30 box office hits from 1947-1974 including 3 guest appearances and 7 hits from 1980-1998 as lead hero in multi hero films. He had total 23 flops as lead hero from 1947-96 and total 34 hits as lead hero from 1947-1996 from the 57 films he did as lead hero. Of the 62 films he appeared in as an actor, he had 25 flops and 37 hits from 1946-1998.
The 1957 film Musafir had him and Lata Mangeshkar, where the latter sings in Dilip's voice....Lagi nahin chhote rama kahe jiya jai. The film was critically acclaimed. But it was not Dilip Kumar's only hero film. It covers 3 stories containing episodes of a person's life at birth (with Kishore Kumar in the lead), marriage (with Suchitra Sen in the lead) and death (with Dilip Kumar and Usha Kiron in the lead).
From 1944-1968, Dilip Kumar did 26 films as lead hero in the tragedy genre. Of them 17 were hits and 9 were flops. From 1948-1976, as lead hero, he did films of other other genres like comedy, historical, social drama or suspense in 18 films only and of these 11 were hits and 7 were flops.
Devdas was the first film co-starring him and Vyjanthimala, which though a box office flop, fetched awards for most of the crew, with Vyjanthimala nominated for Best Actress at Filmfare and Dilip Kumar winning Best Actor at Filmfare.They did total 7 films and of them Naya Daur, Madhumati, Paigham, Ganga Jamuna were box office hits, whereas Devdas, Leader and Sangharsh were box office flops.
Paired with Nimmi, he had hits like Deedar (1951), Daag (1952), Aan (1953) and Uran Khatola (1955), and only one flop: Amar (1954).
Paired with Meena Kumari, he had hits like Foot Path (1953), Azaad (1955), Yahudi (1958) and Kohinoor (1960). Interestingly both are known as tragedy king and tragedy queen respectively but the films they did together belonged to other genres. Azaad was comedy-historical but fictional, Yahudi was historical real love story, Foot Path was crime genre, and Kohinoor was historical film.
With Nargis he had 5 hits - Mela (1948), Andaz (1949), Jogan (1950), Babul (1950), and Deedar (1951) - and 2 flops: Anokha Pyar (1948) and Hulchul (1951).
His sister, Akhtar, was married to director K. Asif.
Had a sister named Fauzia.
Had a sister named Taj. She was born June 14, 1935. She was married to Syed Asad Mumtaz (son of politician Fazal Nawaz Jung Bhadhur) who passed away in 1969. Their children's names are Johaina Mumtaz Khan (formerly married to actor Ronit Roy; she had a daughter named Ona Roy with Ronit, and later got married to Jamal and had a son named Zayed), Syed Fahd Asad Mumtaz (married to actress Kiran Vairale and has a son named Asaad), Zoha Hopps (a world famous real state agent based in Florida, with a son named Daunish Irani and a daughter named Sufeeya Irani (Hopps)), and Rubaina Mumtaz Khan (previously married to actor-director Mazhar Khan (who later married Zeenat Aman)). Rubaina Mumtaz Khan acted in Muzaffar Ali's TV serial Jaan E Alaam. She went on to be involved with actor Dan Dhanoa and cricketer Imran Khan. Rubaina had a son named Azhar Khan with Mazhar Khan. Azhar is actor in Hollywood. He acted in the TV Serial Mr. Robot. Rubaina went on to marry Sanjay Nagpal (formerly involved with actress Ektaa). Rubaina works as a hypnotherapist in the United States and is known as Rubaina Mumtaz.
Dilip Kumar has a niece named Zooni Asif. She is the daughter of Akhtar Asif and K. Asif (this was K. Asif's second marriage). Zooni is a school teacher in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Nephews are Amjad Mohammed and Javed Mohammed (sons of Noor Mohammed).
Actress Shaheen is the daughter of Saira Banu's brother Sultan Ahmed. Sultan Ahmed is often mistaken for the director Sultan Ahmed.
Has an older brother named Noor Mohammed.
His sister Saeeda is married to Iqbal Khan (son of Mehboob Khan).
His eldest sister's name is Sakina. She never married. She passed away April 29,1976.
Has a younger sister named Farida. She worked as a make up artist with Femima Magazine in the 1950s and '60s .
Nephew is producer Saqib Khan and niece is writer Ilaham (from his sister Saeeda).
Eldest brother's name was Ayub Sarwar. He was a writer in Pakistani films. He wrote the script for the old Pakistani film "Aadmi". He wanted to direct a Pakistani film with Dilip titled "Kala Aadmi". He passed away before he could make it.
Was to star in the shelved film "Asar", which was t co-star Ajay Devgan and Priyanka Chopra, to get directed by Kuku Kohli. The film got launched in 2004, but got shelved due to Dilip Kumar's health issues.
Starred in the shelved film Raasta, co-starring Mithun Chakraborty and Anupam Kher. The film was launched in 1989.
Starred in producer Mushir Riaz's shelved untitled film co-starring Amitabh Bachchan and Amjad Khan. The film was launched in 1982, right after Shakti.
Starred in B.R. Chopra's shelved film "Chanakya Chandragupta", co-starring Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Praveen Babi, Helen, and Vijendra. Hollywood makeup technicians had already worked on Dilip Kumar's look in the film. The film was shelved for unknown reasons. Chopra attempted to restart the film with Dilip Kumar and Aditya Pancholi in 1985. Once again it was shelved.
Turned down a role in David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia".
Actor Abid (Sayyed) works as a Dilip Kumar mimicry artiste in most films. Abid debuted as a lead in "Yeh Raat Phi Na Aayegi" in 1992 but later started only working as a Dilip Kumar duplicate.
Went for a world tour concert with wife Saira Banu, Johnny Walker, and Mahendra Kapoor in 1982. They visited cities in Canada, the United States and England.
Declined the role of Sherif Ali in David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia', ultimately played by Egyptian star Omar Sharif. Sharif was offered the role of Tafas who is ironically shot by Sherif Ali in his introductory desert sequence. Omar Sharif got catapulted into the world scene with this role, going on to further collaborate with David Lean in another epic 'Doctor Zhivago' (this time in the lead role).
Starred in Sagar Arts' shelved film "Sanam" (1981), set to star Dilip Kumar, Rakhee Gulzar, Reena Roy, Mithun Chakraborthy, and Ranjeeta, to get produced and directed by Ramanand Sagar.
Had a brother named Aslam.
Had a brother named Ahsan Khan. He produced Basu Bhattacharya's film Sangat. It lay unreleased for years and finally got released as Kabhi Dhoop Kabhi Chhaon.
Has a younger sister named Mumtaz.
Brother Nasir Khan was first married to Suraya (Suriya) Nazir (Begum) the daughter of legendary Pakistani filmmaker Nazir Ahmed Khan. From this marriage he had a daughter, Naheed Khan, who still survives him. Former father-in-law Nazir Ahmed Khan was first married to his cousin Sikandara Begum (who was the sister of K. Asif, the legendary director of 1960 film Mughal-e-Azam). He later had a very short marriage to Sitara Devi, the legendary Kathak dancer, and and lastly married to film actress Swaran Lata. Today, the son of late Nazir, Akhtar Nazir Khan aka Cooki is intensively engaged in reviving Pakistani cinema and works hard to provide the audience, both home and abroad, with the same perfectly mastered and creative films that once were a pride of Nazir in the South Asia.
Brother Nasir Khan made his acting debut in 1945 in Mazdoor. After a few films, he shifted to Lahore after partition and starred in the first ever Pakistani film, Teri Yaad, in 1948 He acted in another Pakistani film Shahida in 1949. Both films failed to do well and Nasir returned to India in 1951. He resumed his acting career in Bombay, acting in several films throughout the 1950s.
Grandniece is world famous jewelry designer Kichu Dandiya. Kichu is the owner of the jewelry label "Kichu". Kichu Dandiya is the daughter of Lubna Mohammed Nasir Khan. Lubna is the daughter former actor Nasir Khan (Dilip Kumar's brother). Lubna has another child named Ashu Dandiya.
Aadmi, the 1958 Pakistani film won various Nigar Awards. The story was written by Ayub Sarwar, brother of Dilip Kumar. It was said that Dilip himself planning to produce a film on this story but Sarwar gifted it to Luqman during his visit to Bombay. Another coincidence of this film was love affair of MD Muslehdin and singer Naheed Niazi, which resulted their marriage.
Brother Nasir Khan developed alopecia and lost his hair and eyebrows. This caused his acting career to end.
His brother Nasir Khan from his second marriage to actress Begum Para had three children. Nadir Khan (who has passed away), a daughter named Lubna and actor Ayub Khan.
His sister Akhtar Asif completed her husband's film "Love & God" after he passed away in 1971. Akhtar stepped in as producer.
Sister Fauzia married Dilip Surve. They have a son named Rajan Surve who is the senior General Manager at Mahindra & Mahindra LTD. They also have a daughter and son Imraan Surve.
He revealed in his 2014 memoir "Dilip Kumar: The Substance and the Shadow" that his wife Saira Banu became pregnant in 1972 with their son, but that she developed high blood pressure in her eighth month of pregnancy and the doctors couldn't save the baby, whom the umbilical cord strangled. They remained childless, believing that it was God's will.
Nephew Fahd is married to actress Kiran Vairale. They live in New York and have a son named Asaad.
Nephew is producer Saqib Khan and writer Ilaham (Iqbal Khan's and sister Saeeda's children).
Saira Banu's brother Sultan Ahmed is married to a lady named Rahat. Rahat, was once married to director Mehboob Khan's son Ayub. From this marriage Ayub and Rahat has two boys, Afzal Khan and Aslam Khan. Later Ayub and Rahat divorced Rahat would later remarry Sultan Ahmed (Saira Banu's brother). From this marriage Rahat and Sultan had a daughter named Shaheen. Shaheen would later star in Maha Sangram. Shaheen is also the mother of Sayesha.
Dilip Kumar married a second time on May 30,1981 to Asma Begum (Sahiba). Dilip kept this marriage a secret from Saira Banu. Dilip later divorced Asma June 22,1983. Asma Sahiba later stayed with her brother in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1985. Asma's first husband name was Sadiq Mohiuddin (son of Nizam). Sadiq worked as a estate consultant. Asma and Sadiq had 3 children. They divorced on October 30, 1980. Asma later remarried Sadiq (after her divorce from Dilip) and moved to Banglore and bought a huge farm.
Discovered actor Tariq Shah.
Actress Asha Parekh wrote in her 2017 memoir "The Hit Girl" about the close friendship that she enjoys with Dilip and his wife Saira Banu that stretches 60 years. In fact, he wanted to give her a screen name of "Asha Pari" when she became a heroine in films in 1959, but she decided to stick with her real name. In 1979, they were both supposed to act in the film Zabardast (1985) but the director wasn't comfortable with the story and shelved it for several years and then made it with different actors. Asha was heartbroken that she didn't get to work with Dilip. But their friendship survived and thrived even after the internet published false reports claiming that the reason they didn't work together was because Asha didn't like him. Both Dilip and Saira told Asha that they didn't believe the false story and attended her 70th birthday celebration in 2012.
Nephew Ayub Khan's first marriage was to Mayasa (Marissa, Dilip's sister Fauzia Surve's daughter). Mayasa was in love with Salman Khan in college.
Aside from his native Hindko, he is fluent in Hindustani (Hindi/Urdu), Bengali, Gujarati, English, Pashto, Marathi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, and Farsi (Persian).
In the early 1960s he was involved with Viju (petname Vicky). She was a divorcee of the Kota prince and she hailed as a princess of Pratapkot. She later married Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
KC Bokadia had planned a film with Dilip Kumar and Sridevi in 1991. Sridevi refused the film due to not having any immediate dates.
Dilip Kumar nephew Zahid Khan is married to actor Roopesh Kumar's eldest daughter Mumtaz. They have 2 children: Ahad and Aglabi.
Both he and Saira Banu Khan are cousins to Pakistani cricketer Asif Iqbal.
In 1984, Dilip Kumar was planning to write, produce and direct a movie titled "Sattya", to star him, Saira Banu, Tariq Shah (Dilip's discovery). The film kept getting postponed then finally shelved.
Starred in Madhumalika's shelved film "Chanakya Aur Chandragupta" (1975/1979), to star Dilip as Chanakya, Dharmendra as Chandragupta, Hema Malini, Parveen Babi, and Kabir Bedi as Seleukos. Jan Nisaar Akhtar was to write the lyrics, with music by Naushad. Kishore Sharma (brother-in-law of Meena Kumari, married to Mehmood's ex-wife) was to produce, while B.R Chopra was to direct.
Starred in Wadhera International's shelved movie "Omer Khayyam" (1976), to have music by Naushad, with Roshan Wadhera producing and B.R. Chopra directing.
Starred in Barot Films' shelved movie "Master" (Baroot) (1977), to star him, Saira Banu, Zeenat Aman (replacing Reena Roy), and Amjad Khan, to have music by Kalyanji Anandji, with Chandra Barot producing and directing. The film was to be a remake of My Fair Lady just like Jeetendra's Hum Tere Aashiq Hain and Dev Anand's Man Pasand.
In 1977, Sohrab Modi decided to remake his film Pukar. He signed Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor,Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar,Saira Banu, Rakhee Gulzar, Shabana Azmi, and Pran. Kamal Amrohi was writing, but Sohrab ended up shelving the film when the stars kept demanding Sohrab increase their roles. It proved very stressful.
Starred in Jamu Pictures' untitled movie in 1975, to star him and Shatrughan Sinha, with Salim and Javed writing, and N.P. Ali producing.
Starred in Parath Productions' shelved, untitled film in 1993, to star him, Hema Malini, Vivek Mushran, Manisha Koirala, with Harish Shah directing. Akshay Kumar was approached for the second role but wanted a higher billing than Vivek. Shah Rukh Khan also showed interest in that role. The film finally got shelved.
Mehboob Khan and Dilip Kumar had once announced a film titled "Habba Khatoon" in the 1960s. Years later Roshan Wadhera started a film called "Habba Khatoon", starring Raj Kapoor, Sanjay Khan, and Zeenat Aman, with music by Naushad, and B. R. Chopra directing. When B.R. Chopra walked out of the project, Sanjay Khan took over as the director. This was in 1979. A film with the same subject titled "Zooni" was started by Muzaffar Ali in 1989, to star Shammi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna and Dimple Kapadia. This also was eventually shelved .
Starred in Sagar Enterprises' shelved movie "Sanam"(1983), to starring him with Rakhee Gulzar, Reena Roy, Mithun Chakraborthy, Ranjeeta Kaur, and Raj Babbar, with music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, with Ramanand Sagar writing, producing and directing.
Starred in Kiron Productions' shelved untitled film in 1974, starring him and Saira Banu, with music by S.D. Burman, and Rajendra Bhatia producing and directing.
Kamal Amrohi wanted to make a film titled "Sheeshe Pe Baal" with Dilip Kumar. It got shelved.
Dilip Kumar had written a script titled "Baba Jaani". It was to be shot in Kashmir. The film had Amitabh Bachchan playing the role of a Kashmiri Pandit along with Saira Banu. Dilip was to only direct the film.
Starred in Sahara's untitled film in 2003/2004. Starring Dilip Kumar Manoj Bajpai. Producer by Sahara One Motion Pictures and directed by Tinnu Anand . It was to be a court room drama.
Dilip was to star in the shelved film "Hamara Watan" (1964).Starring Dilip Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Rajendra Kumar and Saira Banu. Music by Naushad,Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi,Produced and Directed by Mehboob Khan. The production was shelved with Mehboob Khan's death in June 1964.
First cousin Haji Aziz-ur-Rehman,lived in Pakistan. His son Mohsin Aziz is a member of the Senate of Pakistan. Mohsin's son is Afan Aziz, CEO of the Aziz Group of Industries.
Starred in the shelved movie Navjeevan Films "Anyay"(1988) Starring Dilip Kumar, Rekha, Jaya Pradha,Raj Babbar, Suresh Oberoi, Anupam Kher, Music by Annu Malik,Produced by Tito,Directed by Tony Juneja.a

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Am overwhelmed by the affection shown by the people over the years. But to be very frank, I have been outdone by actors like my seniors M.G.Ramachandran and Pran and then by Sivaji Ganesan, Sanjeev Kumar and Rajesh Khanna who were much more versatile than me as actors. Their number of films and the various characters they have done are much more than that of mine.

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