Today is Dilip Kumar’s 95th birthday. Dilip Kumar or Yusuf Sahab is considered to be Tragedy King. But, I want to remember the thespian as the jovial person, who he really is. In the beginning of my career, I had called him up for an interview. He did come to the phone and enquired if I am an Andharite or from Karnataka. When I told him that I am from Karnataka, he asked, “Oota aita?” meaning “Did you have lunch?” in Kannada. I was pleasantly surprised and asked him, “How did you know Kannada?” He just laughed.
We have several fans of Dilip Sahab in our family, beginning from my maternal grandfather and grandmother. Again, I have been unfortunate to not have been able to interview him till now due to his ill health. Traditionally, in India, living until the age of 120 years is considered normal for very healthy people. I wish to God that he lives beyond 120 years and his health condition improves. Happy Birthday, Uncle and let us have more healthy and prosperous birthdays!
Following are some songs picturized on him:
Nain lad gayi hain… Ganga-Jamuna (1961)
Ude jab jab zulfen teri… Naya Daur (1957)
Madhuban mein Radhika… Kohinoor (1960)
Sathi hath badhana sathi re… Naya Daur (1957)
Suhana safar aur yeh mausam hasin… Madhumati (1958)
Imli ka boota… Saudagar (1991)
Gentleman gentleman gentleman… Gopi (1970)
Sala main toh sahib ban gaya… Sagina (1974)
Apni aazaadi ko hum hargiz mita sakte nahin… Leader (1964)