Legendary Indian film actor Dilip Kumar breathed his last on Wednesday after a prolonged battle with illness. He was 98.
Dilip Kumar, also called the ‘Tragedy King’, suffered from advanced prostate cancer that had spread to other organs of his body. He was admitted to the hospital recently for bilateral pleural effusion and was discharged after five days following a successful pleural aspiration procedure.
On Wednesday, June 6, the legendary actor was admitted once again to Mumbai's PD Hinduja Hospital after complaining of uneasiness. Dr Jalil Parkar, the pulmonologist treating Dilip Kumar, was the first to confirm his passing.
With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago.— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) July 7, 2021
We are from God and to Him we return. - Faisal Farooqui
Dilip Kumar leaves behind a legacy that spanned six decades in Indian cinema and is survived by his 76-year-old wife and former actress Saira Banu.
The legendary actor was a philanthropist, and together with his wife provided aid to the needy over the years. One such event included a charity cricket match in January 1962 when Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar took their on-screen rivalry to the pitch to raise money for the Cine Workers Relief Fund in Mumbai.
Joy Bhattacharjya, former director of the Kolkata team in the Indian T20 League, called Dilip Kumar a peerless actor.
Born in Peshawar, arrested for an anti-British speech, got into films against his parent's wishes, raised money for charity, loved, lost, loved again & married.— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) July 7, 2021
Loved cricket, served parliament.
And was a peerless actor
Dilip Kumar's story is so woven into our nation's fabric pic.twitter.com/lKIGORunKV
The Indian cricket fraternity took to Twitter to offer their condolences to Dilip Kumar’s family while paying homage to the impact he created as a generational icon.
Really sad to know that Dilip Kumar saab is no more. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. He was one of the greatest icons of the film industry and he will live on forever through his work🙏🏻 #DilipKumar pic.twitter.com/cDM3hJ8RKG— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 7, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to #DilipKumar’s family.The gr8 man said,— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 7, 2021
Taqdeerein badal jaati hain,zamana badal jaata hai, mulkon ki taarikh badal jaati hai,shahenshah badal jaate hain,magar iss badalti hui duniya mein mohabbat jis insaan ka daaman thaam leti hai,woh insaan nahi badalta pic.twitter.com/hpKg3iSHlm
My condolences to the family and fans.Great actor every movies had a class. Rest In Peace. OM Shanti.— Madan Lal (@MadanLal1983) July 7, 2021
Born Mohammed Yusuf aka Dilip Kumar sahb .. He was one of the last surviving stars of the Hindi film industry's 1940s–1960s “Golden Age”.— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 7, 2021
May you rest in eternal peace Dilip sahib (11 December 1922 – 7 July 2021).#RipDilipKumar sir 🙏🙏#legend
Rest in Peace Dilip Kumar ji!— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 7, 2021
There will never be another like you.
Your contribution to Indian cinema is unparalleled and you’ll be missed dearly. My heartfelt condolences to Saira Banu ji & the family. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/9yw80eTegZ
Today, an icon who was loved by generations passes away. Rest in peace Dilip ji. My condolences to the family 🙏— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 7, 2021
Really sad to know the passing away of #DilipKumar Saab. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans. He was one of the greatest icons of Indian cinema and he will live on forever through his work🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/IdmbIq95D2— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) July 7, 2021
Dilip Kumar, whose roots lie in the modern-day city of Peshawar in Pakistan, also received tributes from across the border, including current Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Indeed to Allah we belong and to Allah we shall return.— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 7, 2021
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 pic.twitter.com/T51NelBl6O
Saddened to learn of Dilip Kumar's passing. I can never forget his generosity in giving his time to help raise funds for SKMTH when project launched. This is the most difficult time - to raise first 10% of the funds & his appearance in Pak & London helped raise huge amounts.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 7, 2021
The quintessential tragedy king. The first actor of the subcontinent. @TheDilipKumar sahab, aap jasa na koi tha, na he hoga.— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 7, 2021
The last picture is from his visit to his birthplace Peshawar on top of Qila Bala Hisaar.
Inna lillahi wa inna elaihi rajaoon. #DilipKumar pic.twitter.com/nEeJINDKN0
- RIP Dilip Kumar (1922-2021)— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) July 7, 2021
Condolences to the family of the legendary actor... pic.twitter.com/lCHzR52M97
A legend who will be remembered forever and will always be an inspirational figure in the world. From Qissa Khawani Bazar Peshawar, Pakistan to Mumbai, India - your fragrance has surrounded everyone. You will be missed, sir. A huge loss indeed. @TheDilipKumar 🙏 pic.twitter.com/BC87uNfjBN— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) July 7, 2021
Featured image: Twitter / Praful Patel