'Dilip Kumar was blessed with unparalleled brilliance' says PM Modi; nation mourns legend's demise
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar breathed his last on July 7 at the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. His celebs and fans took to social media to pay tribute to the legend.
Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar has died in Mumbai's Hinduja Hospital today, July 07. He was 98. Dilip was taken to hospital last Wednesday after complaining of breathlessness – it was the second time he had been hospitalised in the same month.
“He passed away due to prolonged illness at 7.30 am,” Dr Jalil Parkar, who had been treating Dilip Kumar, told news agency PTI.
A tweet posted from the actor's official handle by family friend Faisal Farooqui read: “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip saab a few minutes ago. We are from God and to him we return.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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.”
His awards and achievements:
Dilip Kumar received the Padma Vibhushan, the Padma Bhushan and the Dada Saheb Phalke award. He also received Pakistan's highest civilian honour, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz. Dilip Kumar also won several cinematic awards and was the first-ever winner of the Filmfare Best Actor prize. He won eight Filmfare Best Actor awards, a record he shares with Shah Rukh Khan.
Some of his famous films include Devdas, Naya Daur, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Kranti, and Karma. His last on-screen appearance was in Qila in 1998.