Legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar is celebrating his 98th birthday today. The actor has been an example of excellence and determination all through his young days.

Dilip Kumar is the first Bollywood superstar who hailed from Pakistan. He was born in Peshawar, Pakistan and his family later relocated to Chembur, Mumbai in the late 1930's.

Most of us know that Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar’s real name is Muhammad Yusuf Khan. He is known professionally as Dilip Kumar, is an Indian actor and philanthropist, best known for his work in Hindi cinema. Referred as The Tragedy King and The First Khan, he has been credited for bringing the Method acting technique to Indian cinema. 

Kumar holds the record for most wins for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor and was also the inaugural recipient of the award.He portrayed various iconic characters in his film career in films like Ganga Jamuna, Devdas, Mughal-e-azam, Mashaal, Shakti, Daag and many others. His name has been synonymous to graces and brilliance on the big screen.

In 1976, Kumar took a five-year break from film performances and returned with a character role in the film Kranti (1981) and continued his career playing leading roles in films such as Shakti (1982), Mashaal (1984), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991). His last film was Qila (1998).

Kumar is a former Member of Indian Parliament. Dilip Kumar had a long relationship with actress Madhubala but never married her. He married actress Saira Banu in 1966. They currently live in the Bandra suburb of Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra in India. As of 2020, he is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hindi cinema.

On Dilip Kumar's birthday, Bollywood celebrities shared several nostalgic and heart-warming messages for the legend on social media.