Mumbai: Bollywood Tragedy King Dilip Kumar rose to fame with this screen name, but very few know his original name is Muhammad Yusuf Khan. The revelation about the incident where he changed his name was made in his book Dilip Kumar: Substance and Shadow in which the actor explained that he had been asked to opt for a change of his original name.
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His father didn’t like showbiz very much and didn’t really like Dewan Basheshwarnath Kapoor’s grandson (his friend) Raj Kapoor in the movies.
Dilip Kumar was drawn to acting because of his lucrative four-figure salary, although his father used the term “nautanki” for the same, but things changed later after he gained popularity.
The veteran actor was also a childhood friend of the famous Raj Kapoor and grew up in the same neighborhood. Born into an Awan family in Peshawar, the legendary actor left his home in Pune (Poona as he was then called) in 1940 after a fight with his father. He opened a sandwich stand at the Army Club and worked there until the end of his contract. Later, the actor packed his bags and moved to Mumbai with a meager saving of Rs 5,000 with the dream of becoming an actor.
He then joined Bombay Talkies where he met actor Ashok Kumar, who had a significant influence in his acting career and also introduced him to the acting method. It was around this time that producer Devika Rani asked her to change her name from Yousuf to Dilip Kumar and offered her the lead role in the film ‘Jwar Bhata’ in 1944.
In the book, the actor wrote: “She (Devika Rani) said quite neutrally: ‘Yousuf, I was thinking about your launch as an actor soon and I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea if you adopted a name screen. You know, a name that you would be known by that will be very appropriate for your audience and that will be in keeping with the romantic image that you are bound to acquire through your presence there. ‘screen. I thought Dilip Kumar was a cute name. It occurred to me when I thought of a name that suited you. How does that sound to you? “
The 98-year-old actor’s popularity as Dilip Kumar transcended the Indian subcontinent and spread across the globe. It was in Ramesh Sehgal’s Shaheed in 1948 that the actor made his first big mark as an actor.