At his peak, the star Dilip Kumar was travelling by plane. The passenger sitting next was elderly, dressed in a very simple bush shirt and trouser, his apparel projected a middle class image. He appeared well educated and cultured.
Passengers on the aircraft snatched glances of the renowned Dilip Kumar. Yet, the gentleman appeared unconcerned. He read his newspaper, then looked out of the window. When tea was served, he sipped it without any notice of Dilip Kumar who was sitting next to him.
It made Dilip Kumar uneasy. Trying to strike a conversation, he smiled. The courteous man smiled back and said hello. Dilip somehow brought the subject to films and asked, "Do you watch films?"
The man replied, "Oh, very few. I did see one many years ago" Dilip casually mentioned that he himself worked in films.
Man; "Oh, that's nice. What do you do?"
Dilip Kumar; "I am a film actor"
Man; "Oh, wonderful?"
There was no further response.
When the flight landed and both stood up, Dilip Kumar held out his hand,
"It was good to travel with you. By the way, my name is Dilip Kumar"
The man shook hand and smiled,
"Thank you. I am J.R.D. Tata"
About JRD Tata: The man who made Tata Group one of the most prestigious and successful industrial groups in India, Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, better known as J.R.D.Tata, was a fearless aviator and a visionary ahead of his times.
Founder/Co-Founder:TCS, Tata Motors, Titan Industries, Tata Tea, Voltas, Air India
Net worth:$1 billion