JRD Tata and Dilip Kumar’s first meeting is unforgettable, gets a place in actor’s biography

New Delhi: Bollywood senior actor Dilip Kumar is in the news these days because of his biography. There are many interesting stories in the biography of Dilip Kumar, which will get the readers close to the life of veteran actor, and JRD Tata is also mentioned in one such anecdote. The story is also present in Dilip Kumar’s biography when he and JRD Tata first met.

Dilip Kumar wrote in his biography, “At the peak of my career, I was once traveling by AIR INDIA. The passenger next to me was an elderly gentleman dressed in a simple shirt and pants. He appeared to be middle class, and well educated. Other passengers perhaps recognizing who I was, but this gentleman appeared to be unconcerned of my presence… He was reading his paper, looking out of the window, and when tea was served, he sipped it quietly.”

Further, he added, “Trying to strike a conversation with him I smiled. The man courteously smiled back and said ‘Hello’. We got talking and I brought up the subject of cinema and movies and asked, ‘Do you watch films?’ The man replied, ‘Oh, very few. I did see one many years ago.’ I mentioned that I worked in the movie industry. The man replied..” oh, that’s nice. What do you do?’ I replied, ‘I am an actor ‘ The man nodded, ‘Oh, that’s

wonderful!’ And that was it…”

Also, he wrote, “When we landed, I held out my hand and said, ‘ It was good to travel with you. By the way, my name is Dilip Kumar !’ The man shook my hand and smiled, “Thank you… nice to have met you…I am *J. R. D. Tata!”* I learned on that day that no matter how big you think you. are, there is always someone *bigger than you*. *Be humble, it costs nothing.*”

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