There is also a very interesting story of Dilip Kumar coming from Peshawar to Mumbai (then Bombay). After the First World War, many changes started taking place in the world. Business opportunities were reduced and businessmen started moving here and there in search of new business. Dilip Kumar's father had also come to Mumbai in connection with the business. One day a very interesting incident happened. In the evening, Dilip Sahab's father was walking in the Apollo Bunder area of Mumbai. One day he saw a couple walking with their very beautiful child in a pram.
Seeing the face of that child, he remembered his little child Yusuf. He reached the pram and picked up the child and hugged him. Seeing the grumpy Pathan lifting their child from the pram, the couple started making noise. Seeing this, Yusuf's father put the child in the pram and apologized to the couple saying that he had remembered his son after seeing the child, so he had taken him in his lap. But this incident made a father restless. He returned to Peshawar and then came to Mumbai with his wife and seven children. Dilip Kumar has written in his autobiography that he left for Mumbai with his family by Frontier Mail.
Can't remember exactly but it would be around 1935. This was his first train journey, due to which all the children were very excited. On the way, his relatives and acquaintances used to come to meet him and somewhere Samish and sometimes he used to get food. Dilip Kumar has written a very strange thing in his autobiography. He has written that when the train stopped at the station, the tea seller used to shout loudly – Hindu tea, Hindu water, Muslim tea, Muslim water. According to Dilip Kumar, the people of his family were drinking any water and any tea without paying much attention to it. Many people sitting in his box were also doing the same but many people were drinking tea and water according to their religion.
In the morning, their train reached Colaba and from there they came to live in a rented house at Abdullah Building on Nagdevi Road near Crawford Market. Dilip Kumar's family started living there in a three-room flat. Dilip Kumar's education also started and in 1937 his father got him enrolled in Anjuman Islam High School in the fifth class. Then from there he reached Khalsa College where he met Ra Kapoor. The two had a Peshawar connection and became friends. Dilip Kumar's father Sarwar Khan and Raj Kapoor's grandfather Baseshwarnath were friends.
Sarwar Khan often used to tell Baseshwarnath that man! How do you allow your son Prithviraj to work with the dancers? Many people in films at that time used the term to refer to professional dancers. Dilip Kumar was aware of his father's stand when Yusuf Khan was offered to work in films by Devika Rani, he also feared that the father would not allow him. He told his mother that he had got a job. When the mother asked if she got a job, she tricked her by saying that she got the job because of her good Urdu.
One day suddenly they met Raj Kapoor in Bombay Talkies, both of them looked at each other in surprise and Raj Kapoor asked in front of Devika Rani that your father knows that you work in films. Dilip Kumar immediately changed things and started telling his and Raj Kapoor things from the Khalsa College era to Devika Rani. Later Raj and Dilip Kumar's friendship grew further. Very few people know that Raj Kapoor had offered Dilip Kumar for the film 'Sangam' which was turned down by Dilip Sahab. Then there was a special kind of tension between Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor, there was a rivalry.
When Raj Kapoor was admitted in the ICU of AIIMS, Delhi and was fighting for his life, Dilip Kumar had reached the hospital to meet him. Raj Kapoor was unconscious. Dilip Kumar took her hand in his hand and started saying 'Get up, Raj! Get up now, stop the jokes. You are a great artist who always makes headlines. I have just come from Peshawar and brought Chapli Kebab. Remember Raj, we used to eat these delicious kebabs together in the streets of Peshawar as a child. For twenty minutes, Dilip Kumar was speaking in the ICU with Raj Kapoor's hand in his hand. Today an era has come to an end with the death of Dilip Kumar.