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Dilip Kumar, the epitome of star power and stardom, is one of the finest and the greatest actors, the world can ever have, and one and all appreciate his marvelous and magnificent acting skills.

Bombay Talkies not only changed his destiny but also his name– Yusuf Khan became Dilip Kumar and made his debut in Tinsel Town with Jwar Bhata (1944). It has been 74 long years since Yusuf was ‘spotted’ and today he is considered as the ‘first modern Indian actor’ who freed himself from the theatrical mannerisms and developed a more natural and distinctive style, which stressed on silent pauses and hand gestures and films like Andaz, Jogan, Daag, Babul, Aan, Daag, Foot Path, Madhumati, Devdas, Naya Daur and Ganga Jumna stand testimony to his versatility.

Over the years, Dilip Kumar has become an icon for several generations of film idols.

Photo Courtesy- Zaheer Hasan

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