Dilip Kumar, known as the tragedy king of Bollywood, died on Wednesday morning. In addition to his wife, Saira Banu, the actor was 98 years old.
The death of Dilip Kumar was announced by Dr Jalil Parkar as of Wednesday morning. A prolonged illness caused him to pass away. Parkar said the man had died at 98 years of age.
After complaining of breathlessness, he was admitted to Hinduja hospital in Mumbai.
In terms of acting style, Dilip Kumar – born Yusuf Khan – was a trendsetter, inspiring generations of actors in Indian cinema. India has never seen such a legendary actor whose career spanned over five decades. Legendary in the Golden Age of Bollywood, he avoided loud and theatrical elements of acting while mastering an understated style.
The films he is best known for are Devdas, Gunga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam, Naya Daur, Madhumati, Kranti, Vidhaata, Shakti and Mashaal.
His parents, Ayesha Begum and Lala Ghulam Sarwar Khan, lived in Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar (current day Pakistan). The film Jwar Bhata, his debut in films, did not attract much attention. The first box office hit of his career came from 1947’s Jugnu, also starring Noor Jehan.
Dilip Kumar became a big star after starring in Andaz with Raj Kapoor and Nargis in 1949. Filmfare’s Best Actor Award was first awarded to him in 1954, and he won the award eight times in all. The record for most Filmfare trophies belongs to him and Shah Rukh Khan.
For winning most awards as an Indian actor in Guinness World Records, Dilip Kumar is listed. Moreover, he holds the distinction of being the first method actor in India. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award paid tribute to him in 1994, and the Padma Vibhushan did so in 2015.
Dilip Kumar was last seen in the 1998 film Qila. His death has left a gaping void in the film industry.