Veteran actor Dilip Kumar died at the age of 98. He has left behind a legacy of films.
Through his official Twitter account, it was announced that his funeral will take place today in the day.
“Burial today at 5:00 PM. Juhu Qabrastan at Santacruz Mumbai,” the tweet read.
The news was confirmed by Dr Jalil Parkar, the pulmonologist treating Dilip Kumar at Mumbai’s PD Hinduja Hospital.
“With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago,” family friend Faisal Farooqui wrote in a tweet from the actor’s official account. “We are from God and to Him we return,” he added.
Faisal said that he was admitted to the hospital after he experienced breathlessness on June 30. He was again admitted on June 6.
President Ram Nath Kovind wrote on Twitter,” 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.”
“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,” PM Modi tweeted.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also paid tribute to the legendary actor of Bollywood on Twitter and wrote,” My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends & fans of Dilip Kumar ji. His extraordinary contribution to Indian cinema will be remembered for generations to come.”
My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends & fans of Dilip Kumar ji.
His extraordinary contribution to Indian cinema will be remembered for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/H8NDxLU630
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 7, 2021
Dilip was born as Mohammed Yusuf Khan in 1922 in Peshawar. He debuted in the film ‘Jwar Bhata’ (1944).
He has worked in over 65 films. Some of his works include Andaz (1949), Aan (1952), Daag (1952), Devdas (1955), Azaad (1955), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Gunga Jamuna (1961), Ram Aur Shyam (1967). Dilip Kumar holds the record for winning the maximum number of Filmfare awards.
He is survived by his wife, Saira Banu who was also famous in Bollywood in 1960s and 1970s.