Dilip Kumar, one of the finest actors and a tragic hero in Bollywood films, passed away on Wednesday morning, as said by his family. Kumar was 98 years old and had been ill for some time.
"With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago," Faisal Farooqui, relative of the actor, posted on the actor's Twitter account early on Wednesday morning.
He was admitted to the hospital on June 30 after experiencing breathlessness, according to Faisal. Dilip Kumar was admitted to the hospital on June 6 due to a similar condition.
After being diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion, which is a build-up of excess fluid between the layers of the pleura outside the lungs, the Hindi film veteran underwent a successful pleural aspiration treatment. After five days, he was released.
Kumar's first film, "Jwar Bhata," was a flop. However, in 1949, he got fame for his breakthrough role in "Andaz," in which he played a jilted lover stuck in a love triangle with the lady he loves and her husband. That portrayal rocketed him to popularity, and it marked the start of a decade in which he specialised in tragic roles.
Kumar acquired the title "tragedy king" for his portrayal of the doomed lover in "Devdas" - the man who epitomised melancholy on cinema.
"An institution has gone .. whenever the history of Indian Cinema will be written , it shall always be 'before Dilip Kumar, and after Dilip Kumar" wrote Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter.
"Dilip Kumar ji will be remembered as a cinematic legend. He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago.
We are from God and to Him we return. - Faisal Farooqui
— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) July 7, 2021
Kumar is survived by his wife, Saira Banu, who was a leading lady in Bollywood during the 1960s and 1970s.