Dilip Kumar, one of India’s most celebrated actors, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 98, according to his doctor.
Kumar was known over generations for his roles in Bollywood cult classics such as “Devdas,” “Naya Daur,” “Ganga Jamuna,” and others. He was known for playing tragic roles, earning him the nickname “Tragedy King”.
Dr. Jaleel Parkar, who is undergoing treatment at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai, said, “Dilip Kumar passed away at 7.30 am today after a prolonged illness.”
Kumar was admitted to the hospital in early June and then discharged, but according to a tweet on his official Twitter account, he was admitted to the hospital again on June 30.
Kumar’s wife Saira Banu Khan had tweeted from his account on July 5, just two days before his death, that his health was improving.
Kumar’s death on Wednesday was confirmed by a tweet from his account, which was signed by family friend Faisal Farooqui. The tweet read, “I announce the passing of my dear Dilip Sahab a few minutes ago, with a sad heart and great sadness.”
Kumar was murdered by his wife. The pair did not have any children together.
Following his demise, people from many walks of life, including politicians, actors and athletes, took to social media to express their condolences.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Dilip Kumar ji will be treated as a cinematic icon.” “He was endowed with unmatched talent that enthralled audiences of all ages. His death leaves a void in our cultural landscape. Heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and many fans.”
Another Bollywood veteran, Amitabh Bachchan, said that “an institution has passed away” and he was “deeply saddened”.
“Whenever the history of Indian cinema is told, it will always be ‘before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar’,” he said.
Kumar was born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan in the year 1922 in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. Kumar’s father was a fruit trader, and during Kumar’s childhood in the 1930s, the family relocated to Mumbai, then known as Bombay. He went to Pune a decade later to start a canteen and grow fruits.
He was discovered in Pune by actress Devika Rani, who is also the wife of the founder of a famous Bollywood film company. She helped the young man get into the profession and gave him the screen name Dilip Kumar, from which he later became famous.
Kumar’s first several films were flops, but his 1947 film “Jugnu” was a box office flop, followed by the hit “Shaheed” the following year. He met actress Kamini Kaushal on the sets of “Shaheed” and began a relationship with her, an onscreen coupling that became a fan favorite, leading to three more straight successes starring the two.
He was one of India’s biggest stars until the 1950s, with a long record of accolades that put him on a par with Bollywood stalwarts such as Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.
Although off-screen, his personal life also made headlines. After her marriage to Kaushal ended in 1951, she met another onscreen couple, Madhubala, who became famous among the audience and gave birth to the film “Mughal-e-Azam”, widely considered Bollywood’s most successful film. is believed. One of the films and considered a genre classic.
In 1966, he married an actress, Saira Banu.
But, barring a few good films, his professional life began to decline in his later years, with box office disasters in the 1960s and 1970s. He retired in 1998 due to ill health.
Apart from the acclaim of the film, Kumar has been praised for his long and distinguished career. For his services to film, he has received the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, the third and second highest civilian honors of the Government of India respectively.