Dilip Kumar was admitted to the hospital last Wednesday after complaining of shortness of breath; it was his second hospitalisation in the same month. He died in Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital at the age of 98. Dilip Kumar will be honoured with a state funeral today at 5 p.m. Faisal Farooqui, a family friend, tweeted from the actor’s official account, “With a sad heart and great grief, I announce the passing away of our dear Dilip Saab a few minutes ago.” We are from God, and we will return to him.”
Saira Banu said on Dilip Kumar’s Twitter two days ago, “We are glad for God’s immense kindness on Dilip Saab that his health is improving.” We are currently in the hospital and would appreciate your prayers and duas so that he will be healthy and released soon, insh’Allah.”
He was taken to the hospital on June 6, when he was stabilised and placed on oxygen support. Sharad Pawar, a politician, was photographed with him. “Don’t believe in WhatsApp forwards,” the actor’s official Twitter account said. Saab is in good shape.
Dilip Kumar, real name Yusuf Khan, appeared in some of Indian cinema’s most iconic and landmark films including Naya Daur, Mughal-e-Azam, Devdas, Ram Aur Shyam, Andaz, Madhumati and Ganga Jamuna. According to legend, he turned down the role of Sherif Ali in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, which was finally performed by Omar Sharif. Dilip Kumar’s career spans decades, beginning in the 1940s.
From the 1980s forward, he switched from romantic-tragic protagonists to character roles in films such as Kranti, Shakti, Karma, and Saudagar. Qila, his final picture, was released in 1998. Dilip Kumar married actress Saira Banu, his co-star in films such as Gopi, Sagina, and Bairaag, in 1966.
Dilip Kumar was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and the Dada Saheb Phalke award. He was also awarded the Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civilian honour.
He received multiple film accolades, including the Filmfare Best Actor award, which he was the first to get. He and Shah Rukh Khan each have eight Filmfare Best Actor honours.
Dilip Kumar has been in and out of the hospital for several years, suffering from ailments ranging from kidney disease to pneumonia. A few years ago, the actor spent his 94th birthday in the hospital being treated for a fever and a swollen leg. Dilip Kumar is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Saira Banu, who would have turned 99 in December.
“Dilip Kumar Ji will be regarded as a cinematic legend,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. He was endowed with unmatched brilliance, which captivated audiences of all ages. His death is a loss to our cultural landscape. Condolences to his family, friends, and countless fans. RIP.”