After a long illness, Dilip Kumar, India’s enduring film legend, passed away on Wednesday in a Mumbai hospital. His family and doctors treating him confirmed his death. He died at the age of 98, and is survived by his wife, former actress Saira Bano.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on the death of Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar on Wednesday, calling him a “cinematic legend” whose death “is a loss to our cultural world.”
Dilip Kumar, India’s enduring film legend throughout the decades, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday in a Mumbai hospital after a long illness. His family and the doctors who were treating him confirmed his death. He died at the age of 98, and is survived by his wife, Saira Bano, a former top actress.
“Dilip Kumar Ji will go down in cinematic history as a legend. He was endowed with unrivalled brilliance, which enthralled audiences of all generations “Prime Minister Modi’s Twitter account said in a tweet.
“His death is a void in our cultural landscape. Heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and countless admirers. R.I.P., “Added he.
Kumar has been admitted to the Hinduja Hospital, a non-COVID-19 facility in Khar, since last Tuesday. He is known to generations of moviegoers as the ‘Tragedy King’ for his portrayal of the brooding, intense romantic in classics such as ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ and ‘Devdas.’
As word of his death spread, tributes began to pour in from all corners. Several bereaved Bollywood stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, and others, took to Twitter to express their feelings.
Kumar, who was born Yousuf Khan and is often referred to as the Nehruvian hero, made his first film, ‘Jwar Bhata,’ in 1944 and his last, ‘Qila,’ 54 years later.
“Mughal-e-Azam,” “Devdas,” “Naya Daur,” and “Ram Aur Shyam” were among the films he appeared in over a five-decade career, as were “Shakti” and “Karma” as he progressed to character roles.