Actress Urmila Matondkar slams BJP leader for his remarks on Dilip Kumar’s religious identity

Arun Yadav, chief of BJP’s social media and IT Wing in Haryana tweeted on the demise of Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar. On his tweet, film actress and Shiv Sena leader Urmila Matondkar has expressed strict resentment.

Urmila Matondkar slammed him after he claimed that screen icon Dilip Kumar, who passed away on Wednesday, used a Hindu name to earn money as an actor.

Arun Yadav tweeted, “The death of Mohammad Yusuf Khan (Dilip Kumar), who earned money by keeping a Hindu name in the film world, is an irreparable loss to the Indian film industry! Deepest condolences to the bereaved family. Hope God gives peace to the departed soul“.

Reacting strongly to his tweet, Urmila Matondkar expressed her anguish as she wrote ‘Shame on you’, with a thumbs down emoji.Yadav’s tweet also drew criticism from other Twitter users who called out the politician for his remarks.

Mohammad Yusuf Khan (Manoj Kumar) born on December 11, 1922 to Lala Sarwar Ali Khan and Ayesha Begum. His father was the owner of the gardens in Peshawar, which was then a part of undivided India. After the differences with his family in 1940, he left the house and went to Pune, where he became a canteen contractor in the local Army Club.

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In 1943, the owner of Bombay Talkies, Devika Rani made breakfast in the canteen and was influenced by the humble behavior of young mine and asked if he would like to act in films. He said that if his father allowed it then he will do it. But the father was not in his favour. Then his old neighbor Prithviraj Kapoor intervened and persuaded Sarwar Khan.

Later Devika Rani asked Yusuf to change his name to ‘Dilip Kumar’. He was offered a job as an actor at a handsome monthly salary of Rs 1,250 and cast him in ‘Jwar Bhata’ (released in 1944).

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