Bollywood Icon Dilip Kumar Turns 97, Netizens Send Love, Gratitude to One of India’s Greatest Actors

© AP Photo / Gurinder OsanVeteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar acknowledges the audience on receiving a Lifetime Achievement award at the 54th National Film Award ceremony in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008
Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar acknowledges the audience on receiving a Lifetime Achievement award at the 54th National Film Award ceremony in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik): Born in Pakistan’s Peshawar city as Muhammad Yusuf Khan, he gained popularity under his screen name Dilip Kumar. In a career spanning over seven decades which started with “Jwar Bhata” in 1944, the thespian has been called one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema.

As he turns 97 on Wednesday, the legendary actor continues to receive love from his fans who have embraced his prolific performances in a glorious career that has earned him such titles as Indian cinema’s “Living Legend” and “King of Tragedy”.

Netizens are hailing the charisma of this great artist while wishing him a healthy birthday. Some even said that if ever the history of Indian Cinema was analyzed it would consist of two periods -before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar.

Happy Birthday, #DilipKumar. Considered one of the greatest actors Indian cinema has ever seen, and described as the 'ultimate method actor' by director Satyajit Ray, Dilip Kumar is an icon in every sense of the word.

​The actor thanked all his fans for the love and warmth they sent via social media. He posted that the “love, affection and prayers have always brought tears of gratitude to my eyes.”

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