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Happy Birthday Dilip Kumar. But, why is he not celebrating his 93rd birthday?

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 12:48 IST

As he turns 93 today (11 December ), legendary actor Dilip Kumar will have a quiet birthday celebration as a mark of solidarity towards the victims of the Chennai deluge.

"We will have a quiet birthday this year with family only. He is saddened by the tragedy in Chennai. It's a big tragedy and we don't think it is right to celebrate anything," Kumar's wife Saira Bano told PTI.

Even otherwise, Saira is not in favour of having a bash on the thespian's birthday, as she feels that whenever his special day is celebrated, the veteran actor falls sick.

"I think whenever we celebrate his birthday, he falls sick. I feel there is an evil eye, as soon after after the celebrations he has health issues," she said.

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Dilip Kumar's filmography

Dilip Kumar made his debut as an actor in the film Jwar Bhata in 1944 which was produced by Bombay Talkies.

In a career spanning over six decades, he starred in films of a variety of genres, such as the romantic Andaz (1949), the swashbuckling Aan (1952), the dramatic Devdas (1955), the comical Azaad (1955), the historical Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and the social Ganga Jamuna (1961).

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The 'tragedy king of Bollywood' also did films like Kranti (1981), Shakti (1982), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991) and others. His last film was Qila (1998).

The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1991,the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and the Padma Vibhushan this year for his contributions towards Indian cinema.

The Pakistan government also honoured him with its highest civilian honour - Nishan-e-Imtiaz - in 1997.

-- PTI
First published: 11 December 2015, 2:16 IST