The famous actor Dilip Kumar has awarded ”Padma Vibhushan” by Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence in Bandra. In the presence of 93-year-old actor’s wife Saira Banu, home minister Sing offered medal, certificate and a shawl. At the time, he was being awarded the Governor of Maharastra C. Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, were among other dignitaries present at the actor’s home when he received the award.
On the eve of Republic Day, January 25, 2015, the government announced to honour Bollywood veterans Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and a few others with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award.
However, due to his ill-health in April at Rashtrapati Bhavan Kumar could not attend the ceremony in which the President Pranab Mukherjee has awarded the others the Padma award.
Born as Muhammad Yousuf Khan in Peshawar, known as Kumar, started his career as an actor in 1944 by Bombay Talkies “Jwar Bhata”.
In his more than six decades career, he starred in films of a variety of Diversification such as the romantic “Andaz” (1949), the Thriller film ”Aan” (1952), the dramatic “Devdas” (1955), the comical “Azaad” (1955), the historical “Mughal-e-Azam” (1960) and the social “Ganga Jamuna” (1961).
Well known as the ‘tragedy king of Bollywood’, he also starred in films included “Kranti” (1981), “Shakti” (1982), “Karma” (1986) and “Saudagar” (1991) and many others. His last film was “Qila” released in 1998.
For his exceptional and distinguished contribution to the Indian cinema, The Indian Government honoured him with the Padma Bhushan award in 1991, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and the Padma Vibhushan earlier this year.