Dilip Kumar, who celebrated his 94th birthday in Mumbai yesterday, was born Yusuf Khan in Peshawar in 1922. He is as big a star in Pakistan as in India and received the Nishan-E-Imtiaz, Pakistan's highest civilian award, in 1998. For years, his fans have been asking that Dilip Kumar's old home be salvaged. Last year, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave the building national heritage status.
Dilip Kumar moved from Pakistan to India when very young and went to school in Deolali, Maharashtra. In 1940, he set up a dry fruit store in Pune and ran a canteen. Three years later, he was spotted by actress Devika Rani and her director husband Himanshu Rai and was cast as the lead actor in 1944's Jwar Bhata. In 1947, Dilip Kumar made it big with Jugnu and went on to star in several of Indian cinema's landmark films - Madhumati, Naya Daur, Andaz, Devdas, Mughal-E-Azam and Ram Aur Shyam.
On December 11, Dilip Kumar celebrated his 94th birthday in hospital. The actor was taken to Lilavati Hospital last week after complaining of fever and a swollen leg.
He cut his birthday cake with wife Saira Banu:
Saira, helps me cut a cake... pic.twitter.com/ANGFhW5NAn? Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) December 11, 2016
Dilip Kumar also thanked his followers for their birthday messages. "Your love and affection has been so enduring and touching, your heartfelt messages on this medium brought tears to my eyes," he wrote in a tweet.
(With inputs from PTI)