Who: Legendary actor Dilip Kumar
What: Conferred with Padma Vibhushan
When: 13 December 2015
Dilip Kumar, Indian cinema’s one of the greatest actors, was conferred with the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian honour, on 13 December 2015.
The 93-year-old actor received the award from Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence in Mumbai.
The Padma Vibhushan award for Dilip Kumar was announced on the Republic Day of 2015 for his exceptional and distinguished service. However, the acting legend could not attend the special function held in Rashtrapati Bhavan in April 2015 due to his ill health.
About Dilip Kumar
• He was born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan on 11 December 1922 in Peshawar, Pakistan and spent his childhood in Maharashtra.
• Hindi author Bhagwati Charan Varma gave him the screen name Dilip Kumar.
• His debut film was Jwar Bhata of 1944 produced by Bombay Talkies
• He started second inning in film industry in 1981 with Kranti and his last appearance was in Qila of 1998.
• By filmmaker Satyajit Ray, Dilip Kumar was described as the ultimate method actor.
• He is also known as Tragedy King of Bollywood.
• He shot to fame with films like Naya Daur, Jugnu, Andaz, Devdasm, Madhumati and Mughal-E-Azam.
• He was nominated as Indian National Congress Candidate from Maharashtra State as member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian parliament for a term frim April 2000 to April 2006.
• In 1991, he was honoured with India’s third-highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan.
• In 1994, he received Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
• He was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.
• In 1998, he received Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civilian award.
• As an actor, he holds the Guinness World Record for winning the maximum number of awards by an Indian actor.
• In 1954, he became the first recipient of Filmfare Best Actor Award and till now holds the record for the most number of Filmfare awards won for that category with eight wins.