Mumbai: Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar passed away due to prolonged illness at the age of 98 on Wednesday. The end came at 7.30 AM.
Dilip Kumar was admitted in suburban Hinduja Hospital, a non-covid facility, last week due to age-related medical issues days after being discharged from the same hospital.
On June 5, his actress wife Saira Banu had confirmed about his recovery and returning home soon. She had also shared an update about his health on twitter.
“We are grateful for God’s infinite mercy on Dilip Sahib that his health is improving. We are still in hospital and request your prayers and duas so that Insha’Allah he is healthy and discharged soon,” Saira Banu Khan read her tweet via Dilip Kumar’s official handle.
He is survived by wife Saira Banu and a large number of relatives and friends.
While his actor brother Nasir Khan predeceased him in 1974.
In a career spanning over five decades, Dilip Kumar had acted in over 60 films and had several hits like “Mughal-e-Azam”, “Devdas”, “Naya Daur”, “Ram Aur Shyam”, “Andaz”, “Ganga Jamuna” (which he also produced), “Kranti”, “Saudagar” to name a few. His last big-screen appearance was in the 1998 film “Qila”.
He was known as “Tragedy King” for the roles he performed in several of his films.
Born Mohammed Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922 at Peshawar in British India, Khan went on to become Dilip Kumar on screen.
His debut film was “Jwar Bhata” in 1944. The film was produced by Bombay Talkies owned by leading actress Devika Rani. It was on her insistence, Yusuf Khan got his screen name- Dilip Kumar.
But it was with Jugnu in 1947, his acting skills were noticed as the film became a hit.
By the year 1950, Dileep Kumar had established himself as a lead actor and was charging a whopping Rs one lakh per film.
Remember K Asif’s big budget film- Mughal-e-Azam of 1961, where Dileep Kumar essayed the role of Prince Salim.
The magnum opus was a big hit of those days holding the record of a highest grosser for over a decade.
Besides, Dileep Kumar held a record for winning Filmfare Award as a best actor eight times.
Considering his contributions to the cinema, he was also nominated to Rajya Sabha in 2000.
He was also a recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan, and the honour of “Nishan -e- Imtiaz” from Pakistan.
– Team Mysoorunews