Hindi superstar Dilip Kumar died in Mumbai at the age of 98. He had been ill this year and was admitted to hospital on June 30 with shortness of breath, according to widespread reports.
Kumar has been honored by prominent public figures and movie stars, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amitabh Bachchan. Scroll down to see some of the embedded ones.
Kumar, known as the ‘King of Tragedy’, was one of the earliest and brightest stars in India. Kumar’s first film role came in 1944, but his big success was the 1949 film. Andaz, in which he starred opposite Raj Kapoor, who had grown up in the same neighborhood as him.
The 1950s saw a string of box office hits for Kumar that firmly established him as one of the biggest draws to audiences during that period. He became the first actor to win the Filmfare Award for Best Actor, for a 1952 romantic drama. Daag, and he would win the award seven more times.
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His 1960 film Mughal-e-Azam, the historical epic starring Kumar as Prince Salim, became the highest-grossing film in Indian history and held the title for 11 years. Around the same time it was understood that he had been offered the role of Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean, but turned it down, and the role eventually went to Omar Shariff.
He also began producing regularly throughout the 1960s, establishing himself as a key figure both in front of and behind the camera.
The 1970s was a middle period for Kumar, with a series of box office flops, but he returned to success in the 1980s and worked steadily until the 2000s, when he became a member of the Indian parliament.
The Maharashtra government has said that Kumar will receive state burial honors. He is survived by his wife, Bollywood actress Saira Banu.
Here is a selection of tributes paid to Kumar today:
Dilip Kumar Ji will be remembered as a movie legend. He was blessed with incomparable brilliance, so audiences of all generations were captivated. His passing is a loss to our cultural world. Condolences to his family, friends and countless fans. BREAK.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 7, 2021
T 3958 – An institution is gone … whenever the history of Indian cinema is written, it will always be “before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar”.
My thanks for the peace of his soul and the strength to the family to bear this loss .. 🤲🤲🤲
Deeply saddened .. 🙏
– Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 7, 2021
Saddened to learn of Dilip Kumar’s passing. I can never forget your generosity in giving of your time to help raise money for SKMTH when the project was launched. This is the hardest time – raising the first 10% of the funds and her appearance at Pak & London helped raise huge amounts.
– Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 7, 2021
A timeless legend. His commanding brilliance will continue to be an inspiration to actors around the world. A Great Loss To Indian Cinema … Rest In Peace #DilipKumar sir we will miss you terribly 🙏 pic.twitter.com/N2NWjazqKz
– Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) July 7, 2021
– Shikhar Dhawan (@ SDhawan25) July 7, 2021