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Dilip Kumar the legendary actor dies at 98

Dilip Kumar, a famous actor and recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, passed away at the age of 98.

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Legendary actor Mohammed Yousuf Khan, known professionally as Dilip Kumar, passed away on July 7 due to a prolonged illness. He was 98 years old. News of Kumar’s death was confirmed by Dr. Jalil Parkar, the pulmonologist treating the actor at PD Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. Kumar is survived by his wife Saira Banu, who is also a renowned actress.

“With a heavy heart and deep pain, I announce the passing of our beloved Dilip Saab, a few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return,” his family friend Faisal Farooqui posted on Kumar’s Twitter account.

The veteran actor was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a COVID-19-free hospital in the Khar suburbs of Mumbai on June 29 following complaints of breathlessness as a “precautionary measure.” This had happened 10 days after he was discharged.

He previously was admitted to the same hospital on June 6 due to episodes of dyspnea. He was then diagnosed with a bilateral pleural effusion, an accumulation of excess fluid between the layers of the pleura outside the lungs, and underwent a successful pleural aspiration procedure, previously press reports had suggested.

He was born in the Qissa Khwani Bazaar area of ​​Peshawar (now in Pakistan) and made his film debut with Jwar Bhata (1944). However, his first blockbuster came with Jugnu in 1947.

Kumar’s career spanned more than five decades with various hits, including Mughal-e-Azam, Devdas, Naya Daur, and Ram Aur Shyam. His last appearance on the big screen was the 1998 film Qila.

He was one of the last surviving stars of the ‘Golden Age’ of the Hindi film industry of the 1940s and 1960s.

He has received the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civil honor, as well as the Nishan-e-Imtiaz, one of the highest civil decorations conferred by Pakistan.

Fluent in his first language Hindko, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Marathi, and English, among others, Kumar won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor at least seven times and was honored with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994.

Members of the Indian film industry and other prominent personalities posted his tributes on social media.

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“Dilip Kumar summarised in himself a history of emerging India. The thespian’s charm transcended all boundaries, and he was loved across the subcontinent. With his demise, an era ends. Dilip Saab will live forever in the heart of India. Condolences to family and countless fans.” President Ram Nath said. Kovind tweeted.

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.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

“An institution has gone.. whenever the history of Indian Cinema will be written , it shall always be ‘before Dilip Kumar, and after Dilip Kumar’.. My duas for peace of his soul and the strength to the family to bear this loss.. Deeply saddened, “said actor Amitabh Bachchan in a tweet.

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