Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar passes away at 98

08:45 AM | 7 Jul, 2021
Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar passes away at 98

MUMBAI – Bollywood’s biggest star in the golden age of Indian cinema Dilip Kumar breathed his last on Wednesday at the age of 98.

“With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago,” Faisal Farooqui posted on Kumar’s official Twitter on Wednesday.

Reports in Indian media suggest that Mughal e Azam actor had been admitted to the intensive care unit of Hinduja hospital in Mumbai on June 30 in wake of breathlessness along with other ailments. He was earlier admitted to the same medical facility on June 6 after experiencing rapid breathing. Dr. Jalil Parkar, a top physician, told Indian news outlets that Kumar passed away at 7:30 am today after a prolonged illness.

Indian Express quoting Dr. Parkar said “Kumar suffered from advanced prostate cancer that had spread to other organs of his body. He also had water in the pleural cavity, and he suffered kidney failure. The former actor required blood transfusion multiple times. We carried the last transfusion but it did not help.”

It further stated that “The 98-year-old legend was bedridden for months and had become unresponsive in last week. Kumar suffered a drop in blood pressure and hemoglobin towards the end. Cancer spread in different parts of the body made it difficult to treat him.”

The film pioneer is survived by his 76-year-old wife, Saira Banu - a popular Bollywood star back in the 1960s and 1970s.

Some of his finest films of the ‘First Khan’ include Mughal-e-Azam, Gunga Jamuna, Devdas, Ram Aur Shyam, Naya Daur, Madhumati, Kranti, Vidhaata, Shakti, and Mashaal.

Dilip Kumar, whose birth name was Yusuf Khan, was born in December 1922 in Peshawar [pre partition era] to Ayesha Begum and Lala Ghulam Sarwar Khan.

Khan choose the name Dilip Kumar [a Hindu name] following his colleagues at that time and debuted in Jwar Bhata in the year 1944. The debut film failed to garner much attention and three years later, with the movie Jugnu, which also starred Noor Jehan, he clinched his first box office hit.

In the year 1949, he acted in Andaz with Raj Kapoor and Nargis [Bollywood big wigs], and it was that film that made him a big star of that era. Kumar holds the title to win the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 1954 - and won it a total of 8 times. He shared this record with Shah Rukh Khan.

Kumar is listed in the Guinness World Records for winning the maximum number of awards by an Indian actor and was also honored with the top Indian civilian awards including Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015. The tragedy King was last seen in Qila film the year 1998.

Condolences started to pour in soon after the death of one of the greatest actors of the subcontinent. Bollywood and politicians mourned the loss of industry.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “Kumar will be remembered as a ‘cinematic legend’. He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. His passing away is a loss to our cultural world,” he wrote.

The death of Kumar has left a gaping void in the film industry.

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