Dilip Kumar, one of the biggest stars in Indian cinema, died in Mumbai on Wednesday after being hospitalized for shortness of breath. Hey 98.
The star had been ill for several months and was in and out of the hospital before her death.
Born Mohammed Yusuf Khan in Peshawar, British India, in 1922, Kumar made his film debut with Jwar Bhata (1944). Although he was known as the ‘king of tragedy’ for his roles in dark movies like Daag (1952) and Devdas (1955), Kumar displayed a range throughout his career, including comedies Azaad (1955), Kohinoor (1960) and Ram Aur Shyam (1967), swordsman Aan (1952), historical Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and bandit drama Gunga Jamuna (1961).
After I received it with indifference Bairaag (1976), where he played three roles, Kumar took a break from acting and returned playing older characters in films such as Kranti (nineteen eighty one), Shakti (1982), where he played alongside fellow Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan in a casting billed as Clash of the Titans, Mashaal (1984), karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991).
Kumar’s last film was Qila (1998). Her ambitious adventure as a director Kalinga it was launched in 1996, but was not completed.
In 1994 he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest film honor. He is also the only Indian to have received the Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civilian honor.
Tributes are coming to Kumar.
“An institution is gone … as long as the history of Indian cinema is written, it will always be ‘before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar.’ My duas for the peace of his soul and the strength to the family to endure this loss .. Deeply saddened, “Bachchan tweeted.
“Dilip Kumar Ji will be remembered as a film legend. He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, so audiences of all generations were captivated. His passing is a loss to our cultural world. Condolences to his family, friends and countless admirers. RIP, “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
Kumar is survived by his wife, actress Saira Banu.
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