Legendary actor Dilip Kumar breathed his last at 7:30 am today, July 7, in Mumbai’s PD Hinduja Hospital, Khar. He was 98.
Informing about the tragic news on social media, family friend of Dilip Kumar, Faisal Farooqui tweeted from the actor’s official handle. He mentioned, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return. – Faisal Farooqui (sic).”
With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago.
We are from God and to Him we return. – Faisal Farooqui
— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) July 7, 2021
The actor is survived by his wife Saira Banu, a veteran actor herself. A couple of days ago, Saira Banu spoke to the media while her visit to the hospital and had assured that Dilip Kumar is doing well. She had also requested everyone to remember Dilip Saab in their duas and prayers.
Dilip Kumar, known to generations of film-goers as ‘tragedy king’, had been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Hinduja Hospital, a non-COVID-19 facility, for a few days. He passed away due to prolonged illness at 7.30 am, Dr Jalil Parkar, who had been treating the actor.
Soon, wishes started pouring in for the icon. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to several Bollywood celebrities reacted to his death.
Dilip Kumar Ji 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. Condolences to his family, friends and innumerable admirers. RIP.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 7, 2021
To the world many others may be heroes. To us actors, he was The Hero. #DilipKumar Sir has taken an entire era of Indian cinema away with him.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Om Shanti 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/dVwV7CUfxh
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 7, 2021
Shared many moments with the legend…some very personal, some on stage. Yet, nothing really prepared me for his passing away. An institution, a timeless actor. Heartbroken.
Deepest condolences to Sairaji🙏🏼#DilipKumar pic.twitter.com/Il8qaMOOhf
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) July 7, 2021
— Manoj Joshi (@actormanojjoshi) July 7, 2021
An Era comes to an END in the Indian Film Industry.Deeply Saddened by the passing of LEGEND #DilipKumar Saab. One of the GREATEST Actors India has ever produced,an Acting Institution & a National Treasure. Enthralled the world for several decades.May his soul Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/f5Wb7ATs6T
— Chiranjeevi Konidela (@KChiruTweets) July 7, 2021
Dilip Kumar (98) passes away
The Dilip Kumar era will never fade away
This icon will remain unmatched in the world of cinema
Apart from his legacy he was a great soul : Thoughful , endearing , humble , full of empathy ….
May his soul rest in peace
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) July 7, 2021
— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) July 7, 2021
Deeply saddened to hear passing away of the veteran Bollywood actor #DilipKumar sahab. He will always be remembered for his contribution to the Indian Film Industry. May his soul rest in peace. @TheDilipKumar
Condolences to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/hbgQcY8BRO
— Salman Khurshid (@salman7khurshid) July 7, 2021
Dilip Kumar was hospitalised twice in June. Earlier, he had been admitted to hospital after experiencing breathlessness on June 30, Faisal had said. However, on June 6, Dilip Kumar was hospitalised after a similar complaint.
After being diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion and getting the proper treatment done, Dilip Kumar was discharged on June 11.
For his contribution to cinema, Dilip Kumar was conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in the artform. He also received the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in the country.
Born Mohammed Yusuf Khan, Dilip Kumar debuted as an actor in the film Jwar Bhata (1944). In a career spanning over five decades, Kumar worked in over 65 films. He is known for roles in films such as the romantic Andaz (1949), the swashbuckling Aan (1952), the social drama Daag (1952), the dramatic Devdas (1955), the comical Azaad (1955), the epic historical Mughal-e-Azam (1960), the social dacoit crime drama Gunga Jamuna (1961), and the comedy Ram Aur Shyam (1967).