He died at 8:30 am on Wednesday while undergoing treatment at the PD Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Center in Mumbai, the Indian Express reported.
Dilip Kumar was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital on June 29 with shortness of breath. He was suffering from various complications due to old age for a long time. He had to undergo treatment at the hospital once a month ago.
Dilip Kumar was treated at the Hinduja Hospital. “With a heavy heart, I am announcing the death of our favorite actor Dilip Saber,” said Jalil Parkar.
Announcing Dilip Kumar’s death, his family friend Faisal Farooqi wrote from his official account, “You are from God and to him we return.”
In his nearly six-decade career, Dilip Kumar has acted in many popular films including ‘Andaaz’, ‘An’, ‘Kranti’, ‘Shakti’, ‘Karma’, ‘Saudagar’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Mughal-e-Azam’.
Dilip Kumar, who ruled Hindi cinema in the 1950s and 1960s, was very popular in Bangladesh as well as in India. His memory is still bright in the hearts of viewers of an age.
Bollywood’s ‘hero of sadness’ was last seen on screen in the movie ‘Kila’ in 1997. Dilip Kumar was born in 1922 in Peshawar, undivided India. The site is now part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. His family name is Yusuf Khan, his mother tongue is Hindko.
He is a child of Awan family, one of the tribes of Pathans. They were 12 siblings. Father’s name is Lala Ghulam Sarwar. Dad was a rich businessman. He had a thriving fruit business. Deolali in Peshawar and Maharashtra had their own gardens.
Dilip Kumar studied at the famous Burns School in Deolali. In the late thirties, Yusuf Khan’s family settled permanently in Mumbai. Dilip Kumar started his own business in Pune in the early forties. He ran a canteen and supplied dried fruit to the local market.
In 1943, his acquaintance with the then famous heroine and filmmaker Devika Rani at the Oudh Military Canteen turned his life around.
Devika Rani likes this handsome young man very much. He was one of the owners of Bombay Talkies. Bombay Talkies’ next film, Joar Bhata, was released in 1944. In that movie, Dilip Kumar appeared on the silver screen. In 1996, Dilip Kumar married Saira Banu, another Bollywood actress. Their age difference was then 22 years. The couple has no children.
In his personal life, Dilip Kumar was very capricious and somewhat secluded. In addition to Hindko, he could speak Persian, Hindi, Urdu, Pashto and English.
The actor has been working for a long time to reduce the enmity between India and Pakistan and for cultural harmony between the two countries. He worked with various social organizations to serve the disadvantaged people of the society. Dilip Kumar came to Bangladesh in the nineties. At that time he was flooded with the love of the fans of this country. Fans of this country were fascinated by his personality.
He has received numerous awards in his long acting life. He is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most awarded Indian actor.
He won the Filmfare Best Actor Award eight times. Nominated 19 times. Received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. In 1980, he was promoted to the rank of Honorary Sheriff of Mumbai.
Padma Bhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke have been honored by the Government of India for their contribution to the film. The Pakistani government has awarded him the Nishan-e-Imtiaz.