Legendary actor Yusuf Khan known by the name of Dilip Kumar in Bollywood shared an incident of his life that gave him the inspiration of being humble no matter how successful and how big you are. After knowing about this incident I felt overwhelmed. I am writing this article in his own words.
“At the peak of my career, I was once travelling by Airplane. The passenger next to me was elderly. Dressed in a rather simple shirt and pants, he appeared middle class but seemed to be well educated. Other passengers kept glancing at me, but this gentleman appeared to be unconcerned of me. He was reading his newspaper, looking out of the window, and when tea came, he sipped it quietly. Trying to strike a conversation, I smiled. The man courteously smiled back and said ‘Hello’.
We got talking and I brought the subject to cinema 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 films myself. The man said, ‘Oh, that’s nice. What do you do?’ I replied, ‘I am an actor ‘ The man nodded, ‘Oh, that’s wonderful!’ That was it. And the conversation stopped. I was shocked that how is this possible in India where people are mad for celebrities of Film Industry. Is this man is from another world or is he trying to show that he is really not interested in films and film stars.
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… I am J. R. D. Tata’ After knowing about him I was quite surprised and I learned, no matter how big you are, there is always someone *bigger*.
Be humble. It costs nothing.
~ Dilip Kumar