Dilip Kumar Death: From 'Devdas' to 'Mughal-e-Azam', iconic films of the 'Tragedy King'

09:42 AM Jul 07, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

Legendary actor Dilip Kumar breathed his last on Wednesday (July 7) at Mumbai's PD Hinduja Hospital. He passed away at 98 due to various age-related ailments.

The multiple-award-winning actor's career spanned over more than five decades and during the golden era of Hindi cinema, Dilip Kumar charmed millions of hearts with his performance in more than 65 films.


He was also popularly known as the First Khan of Bollywood. Born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan, he began his acting career with the screen name, Dilip Kumar.


In his five-decade-long career, he contributed to Hindi cinema in different ways, including the introduction of the method acting technique.

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Dilip Kumar holds the record for winning the maximum number of Filmfare awards. He was the inaugural recipient of the award and won the best actor Filmfare Award eight times.

His first few films, including his Bollywood debut 'Jwar Bhata', which was released in 1944, could not strike a chord with the audiences. But his scintillating performance in 'Jugnu' in the year of Indian Independence, 1947, won hearts, making the film his first major hit.

For the record, Dilip Kumar quit acting in 1998. That was the year Yusuf Sahab, as he was widely known to friends and fans alike, last faced the camera for Umesh Mehra's "Qila".

Have a look at some of his best movies over the years:

Naya Daur

Directed by BR Chopra, Naya Daur got both commercial and critical success. The film featured Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala in lead roles. The film revolved around what happens when two good friends fall in love with a woman. It is best remembered for the iconic sequence in which Dilip Sahab beats his wealthy foe in a race. The film emerged as the second highest-grossing film of 1957.

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Devdas is widely regarded as one of the greatest Indian movies ever made. It revolved around the romantic journey and emotional downfall of a young man from an influential family. An adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel of the same name, it received positive reviews, emerging as an evergreen classic. The film is also credited for establishing Kumar as the 'Tragedy King' of Indian cinema.


In 1960, the historical film Mughal-e-Azam, where he played the role of Salim became a blocbuster, and up until 2008, it was the second highest grossing film in the history of Bollywood. In the historical drama, he played the role of Salim and brought a new dimension to the love scenes he enacted with Madhubala who played Anarkali. The iconic piece of cinema was helmed by K Asif and produced by Shapoorji Pallonji.

Ram Aur Shyam

In 1967 with Ram Aur Shyam, Kumar for the first time played a double role. After a bad spell at the box office for a few years, Dilip Kumar came back with a bang with Ram Aur Shyam. It was a major hit.


The famous film by Bimal Roy, starred Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala. It was one of the earliest films to deal with reincarnation and had a gothic noir feel to it. The legendary actor's performance in the film is among the best ones.

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Ganga Jamuna

This was the only film produced by Dilip Kumar. The story set around an innocent man who is forced to become a dacoit. Dilip Kumar did perhaps one of his best roles in the film.


It was notable for being the first and only film to feature veteran actors Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan together on screen. The film is regarded as director Ramesh Sippy's best work and is considered as one of the greatest films in the history of cinema.


Produced and directed by Manoj Kumar, Kranti marked the return of Dilip Kumar to the silver screen after almost five years in 1981. It ran for 67 weeks straight in the theatres and was declared a Golden Jubilee hit.

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