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Dilip Kumar to be honoured with Padma Vibhushan

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Cinema icon Dilip Kumar will be honoured with the Padma Vibhushan India's second highest civilian award on December 13, two days after his 93rd birthday, his close friend Udaya Tara Nayar has confirmed. Dilip Kumar will be honoured with Padma Vibhushan on December 13 at his residence here. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be coming from Delhi to present the award to him, Nayar, who is also the compiler of the actor's autobiography titled "The Substance and the Shadow.

Dilip Kumar couldn't make it to the awards ceremony, which was held in April in the national capital, to receive the honour in person due to health issues. For now, the actor has decided to skip his birthday celebration on Friday to mark the solidarity towards Chennai floods victims. His wife and actress Saira Banu told "This time, it's just going to be a small dinner with our close family members and three friends. So, it's just going to be six to seven people together for his birthday.

Dilip Kumar, whose real name is Yusuf Khan, became a name to reckon with in the 1950s and 1960s, thanks to his performances in "Aan", "Daag", "Devdas", "Madhumati","Paigham", "Mughal-E-Azam", "Ganga Jamuna", "Leader" and "Ram Aur Shyam". After working for about six decades, he bid adieu to the arclights in 1998. His last movie was "Qila".