Kumar grew up together with his eleven siblings in Maharashtra. In 1944, he worked as a waiter in Pune and as a fruit dealer in Mumbai when he was discovered by Devika Rani. He was in the same year his film debut in Amiya Jwar Bhata Chakravartys. Dilip Kumar played a hapless lover, a role that he played again and again because of its compelling game. 1949 Kumar celebrated in this role a first major success in Mehboob Khan's film Andaz (together with Nargis and Raj Kapoor ) and Bimal Roy in 1955 in Devdas of.
Dilip Kumar is as well as his colleagues Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand Hindi -Urdu film star of the 1950s and 1960s. With the film Mughal -e -Azam (1960), in which he Jahangir - the son of Akbar ( played by Prithviraj Kapoor this ) - played, he had again a huge success and was at the height of his career. Closely followed by his next blockbuster Ganga Jamuna from the year 1961.
Over the next three decades, he joined less in evidence. In 1982 he played in the film by Ramesh Sippy Shakti together with the new star Amitabh Bachchan, who plays his son. Kumar won a Filmfare Award for his role.
In 1995 Dilip Kumar India's highest award for filmmakers, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. He is called " King of the tragedy " of the Indian film and is eight times winner of the Filmfare Award / Best Actor and was also awarded the Filmfare Award / life's work. In 1998, he became only the second Indian was the highest civilian award of Pakistan, the Nishan -e- Imtiaz awarded.
Since 2000, Kumar is a member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. He is married to actress Saira Banu.