Legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar passed away on the 7th of July, Wednesday.
Popular as the tragedy king of Indian cinema, Dilip Kumar passed away at the age of 98 around 7:30 A.M.
According to sources, he was undergoing treatment at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai due to prolonged illness and breathing problems. He was admitted on the 30th of June and was undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU.)
After days of treatment, on Wednesday, Dr. Jalil Parkar of Hinduja Hospital gave a statement and confirmed Mr. Dilip Kumar’s death. He said, “He passed away due to prolonged illness. He was 98.”
Later, the actor’s official Twitter account also confirmed the news of his death. Faisal Farooqui, a family friend of Dilip Kumar, took to his Twitter handle and posted, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, a few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return.”
Born as Yusuf Khan, Mr. Dilip Kumar entered the world of Indian cinema and ruled for five decades with his spectacular performance and movies. He was one of the legends of the Golden Age of Indian cinema and was considered a master of theatrical elements of acting.
Some of his best known films are Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Gunga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam, Naya Daur, Madhumati, Kranti, Vidhaata, Shakti and Mashaal.
His debut movie was Jwar Bhata, released in 1944. However, he gained fame with his movie Jugnu, released in 1947, which was his first box office hit movie.
Later, he shared screen with Raj Kapoor and Nargis in Andaz, released in 1949, which made Dilip Kumar a big star in Bollywood.
It is to be noted, Dilip Kumar was the first Indian actor to win the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 1954. In his film career, Dilip Kumar won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor 8 times.
Dilip Kumar is also listed in the Guinness World Records for winning the maximum number of awards as an Indian actor. He is also credited as the first method actor in India and was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015.
Hearing upon the demise of Dilip Kumar, many Bollywood celebrities took to social media and extended their condolences.
Dilip Kumar is survived by his wife Saira Banu.