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Dilip Kumar, last of Bollywood’s first-ever trinity of superstars, passes away at 98

Veteran actor Dalip Kumar in several moods and movie characters. Photo: @TheDilipKumar/Twitter

Mumbai, July 7 (MNN) Bollywood thespian Dilip Kumar passed away at a Khar hospital here on Wednesday morning after a protracted illness. He was 98.

Dilip Kumar – whose real name was Mohammed Yusuf Khan – is survived by his yesteryear’s actress wife Saira Banu.

The burial was held around 5 pm at Juhu Qabrastan at Santacruz with full State Honours. The mortal remains of the thespian — draped in a Tricolour — were taken to the burial ground from his home in Bandra area of the metropolis.

A host of personalities from the movie world visited Dilip Kumar’s home to pay tributes to him throughout the day.

Dalip Kumar was the Bollywood trinity along with showman Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand before the advent of lesser mortals on the silver screen.

He was also a film producer and philanthropist, best known for his quality work in Hindi cinema. He acted in only 63 movies in a career spanning six decades.

“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,” family friend Faisal Farooqui tweeted on Dalip Kumar’s official twitter handle.

Veteran actor Dilip Kumar has passes away at the age of 98 at 7.30 am. May God bless his soul in heaven,” said pulmonologist Dr Jalil Parkar, who was treating him at the PD Hinduja Hospital here.

Referred to as “The First Khan” of Bollywood, Dalip Kumar was credited for bringing a distinct method acting technique to cinema.

The actor was born on December 11, 1922 at Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar (now in Pakistan).

The legendary actor was admitted to hospital after complaining of breathlessness on June 30, Faisal had said. On June 6 also, Dilip Kumar was hospitalised after a similar complaint.

The Hindi cinema veteran was then diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion — a build-up of excess fluid between the layers of the pleura outside the lungs and underwent a successful pleural aspiration procedure. He was discharged after five days.

The actor lost his two brothers to Covid-19 over the course of just two weeks last year. Dilip, however, had not been informed about their deaths.

Dilip Kumar won the first-ever award in the Best Actor category for his performance in film Daag (1952). He was the first actor to win the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 1954, and for a total of 8 times. He and Shah Rukh Khan jointly hold the record for most Filmfare trophies.

Dilip Kumar debuted as an actor in film ‘Jwar Bhata’ (1944). Here’s a look at some of his movies known for his memorable performances:

Daag (1952), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Naya Daur (1957), Madhumati (1958), Ganga Jamuna (1961), Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Devdas (1955), Shakti (1982), Mashaal (1984), Karma (1986).

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a host of personalities in paying tributes to the late actor.

“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,” 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,” tweeted Modi.

“Shri Dilip Kumar Ji was a veritable legend of the silver screen, in him, Indian Cinema has lost one of the greatest actors. He has entertained generations of cinema lovers with his incredible acting and iconic roles. My sincerest condolences to Dilip Ji’s family and followers,” Indian Home Minister Amit Shah posted on Twitter.

“Immortals never die. As Tagore wrote, “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” #DilipKumar’s work shines on,” Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said.

“Deeply saddened by the demise of Dilip Saab. My heartfelt condolences to Saira Bhanuji. To me, he symbolised the finest secular traditions of our country. I always had a good conversation with him. RIP. #DilipKumar,” former PM HD Devegowda said.

“Indeed to Allah we belong and to Allah we shall return. A huge loss for Yousuf Khan sahib’s fans from KPK to Mumbai and across the globe. He lives on in our hearts. Deepest condolences to Saira Banu sahiba. #DilipKumar,” tweeted former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi.

“A titan is no more… #DilipKumar. To live on in the hearts of those left behind is not to die…,” tweeted former diplomat Syed Akbaruddin.

“End of an Era. My heartfelt condolences to #DilipKumar Sahab’s family and admirers all over the world. Legends like him live on through their exemplary work Folded hands,” said former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman.

“The end of an era, RIP Dilip Kumar Sahab, your legacy will live on forever! #RIPDilipKumar,” tweeted Salman Khan Films.

“A purist par excellence. A man who will continue to inspire generations to come. A human being so sophisticated and refined that chapters could be written on the cadence of each line he spoke. End of an era that will nonetheless remain timeless. #DilipKumar #RestInPeace,” Pakistani actor and singer Ali Zafar posted.

“Deeply saddened by the passing of Dilip Sahab. A genius actor who made such a huge impact in Indian cinema. An inspiration for generations to come,” tweeted Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan.

“End of an era for Hindi cinema! We pay out humble tributes to the #TragedyKing Yusuf Khan, known professionally as #DilipKumar. Strength to the family, fans & loved ones! Om Shanti,” Aam Aadmi Party said.

“Today marks the end of an era, as we lost the brightest star of Indian Cinema. You will always live in our hearts Dilip Sahab. Rest in Peace!” tweeted Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty.

“The legend of Hindi cinema. May your soul rest in peace sir. #DilipKumar,” tweeted badminton ace Saina Nehwal.

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