Modern Fable

Dilip Kumar (real name is Muhammad Yusuf  Khan) is a tera-Star Hero of the film world. He used to known as ‘Tragedy King’ and was described as ‘The ultimate method actor’ by Satyajit Ray. He is also respected as a soft-spoken, polite and knowledgeable man. Once, at the peak of

his career, he was travelling by plane in 1st class. The passenger next to him was elderly, dressed in a simple shirt and pant, he appeared as ‘well educated middle class man’. Other passengers kept glancing at the famous Indian film-star. But the gentleman sitting next to him appeared unconcerned. He read his daily newspaper, and sometimes looked out of the window. The air-hostess came with tea and he sipped that quietly. Dilip tried to strike a conversation by showing his famous smile. The man courteously smiled back and said, ‘Hello’. To start the conversation, Dilip Kumar brought the subject to cinema and asked, ‘Do you watch films?’ The man replied, ‘Oh! Very few. I did see one many years ago’. Dilip mentioned that he worked in films. The man said, ‘Oh! That’s nice’.

‘Well, what do you do there?’ Dilip kumar replied, ‘I am an actor’. The man nodded, ‘Oh! Wonderful’ and that was it. When they landed, Dilip Kumar held out his hand and said, ‘It was good to travel with you. By the way, my name is Dilip Kumar’. The man shook his hand and smiled, ‘Thank you. I am Jehangir Ratanji Tata (JRD Tata)’. Dilip Kumar learned, no matter how big you are, there is always someone bigger, ‘Be humble, It costs nothing’.

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