Dileep Kumar was born in 1922 in Peshawar, undivided India. Dilip Kamar was born as one of twelve children of Lala Ghulam Sarwar Khan, an old merchant, whose real name was Muhammad Yusuf Khan. Dilip Kumar came to Mumbai with his father at the age of eight. Mohammad Yousuf Khan, who ran a canteen in a military camp near Pune, was taken to the movies by actress Devika Rani and her husband Himanshu Rai, owner of Bombay Talkies. His first film was Jwar Bhata, produced by Devika Rani in 1944. He has also acted in comedy roles in such films as Dileep Kumar Gangajumana and Ram Aur Shyam.
He left the film industry for five years starting in 1976, but then returned to acting. Dileep Kamar’s last film was Quila from 1998.