You may be used to seeing Ranbir Kapoor, Tiger Shroff and Abhishek Bachchan practicing their kicks on the football pitch, but this is another area where Dilip Kumar was a trendsetter. The best actors of Bollywood not only learned acting from Dilip Kumar but also love for football. Yes, the veteran actor was a big fan of football and played competitive football even during college. By his own admission, in an interview with Cinema in India, Dilip Kumar said in 1992, “Soccer has been my first love, my passion. It inspires a spirit of healthy struggle, to lead, to overcome obstacles.” to work my way through. I used to play football till the age of 57. It helped me a lot as an actor…gave me a strong, flexible body…” Not only that, Dileep Kumar was also a brilliant student, and he was also interested in studying English. In an article for a book on Bollywood superstars, author Rauf Ahmed recounts how Dilip Kumar made up his mind to learn the language in college but had to study science at the behest of his father. Frustrated with the choice, he turned his attention to football and excelled at it. But an Anglo-Indian lobby at the Wilson College in Bombay kept him out of the college team. Frustrated by the lack of opportunities, he went to Khalsa College and excelled in sports. Dilip Kumar had also admitted to having ambitions to be a cricketer and wanted to score many hundreds for the Indian team as well. His passion for cricket however helped in his philanthropic endeavours. Throughout his career, Dilip Kumar captained several Bollywood cricket teams in charity matches. His presence in such matches in Kolkata, playing against actor Uttam Kumar’s team and others in Hyderabad and Bangalore is still talked about today.
- Dilip Kumar was a soccer fan & played till he was 57
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