By Nikita Saha
Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar has died in Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital at the age of 98. Dilip Kumar was taken to hospital last Wednesday after he complained of breathlessness – this was the second time he was hospitalised in the same month. The funeral will be held at 5 pm today. “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.”
Heartfelt tributes to the late movie icon flooded the social media. President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted: “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.”
Sanjay Dutt tweeted: So many special moments with Dilip Saab… he was like a father figure in my life. A huge loss for the film fraternity and for all of us, we have lost a legend today. My deepest condolences to Sairaji, may God give her strength in this tough time. Sidharth Malhotra called him a performer, an inspiration and a timeless actor followed by a heartbroken emoji.
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Amitabh Bachchan joined fans and fellow Bollywood stars in offering condolences to the late star and honour his memory. Being grief-stricken upon learning about Kumar’s passing, Big B wrote, “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.”
Yesteryears ‘Dream girl’ Hema Malini said, “We lost the last pillar of Bollywood today”. “Yusuf Saab was very fond of food. When we would visit him, we would be served the best snacks and biryani…he was a wonderful host” tweeted actor Anil Kapoor remembering the veteran actor.