Veteran actor Dilip Kumar passes away at 98 on Wednesday morning. Dilip Kumar was one of the last thread that held Bollywood to the Golden Era. He had been admitted to the hospital for quite sometime now and was suffering from prolonged illness. It’s saddening to see a legend pass away for not only the Bollywood Industry, but nationwide as well. Wishes and prayers from all over the country are pouring in, including that of Bollywood celebrities, politicians and cricketers. Several celebrities took to their social media handle to pray for his soul including Amitabh Bachchan, Suniel Shetty, Katrina Kaif, Jackie Shroff and more.
Amitabh Bachchan and other celebrities on Dilip Saab :
Amitabh Bachchan writes a heartfelt letter on his post with Dilip Kumar, “My idol Dilip Saheb..lost..never before never after.. “an epic era has drawn curtains .. never to happen again” Peace and Duas ..🤲”
Director and Producer Farah Khan shares a beautiful memory of Dilip Kumar, “I was all of 4 yrs old when I saw my first stampede.. Dilip Kumar walked into a wedding reception.. there was hysteria.. women thronged to see him, the bridal couples stage broke!! Such was the magic! He was known as the tragedy king, but I was always a fan of his comedic timing.. there will be no1 like him .. deepest condolences to Saira ji n his family 🙏🏼❤️”
Music Director and singer Vishal Dadlani writes “लफ़्ज़ों की हैसियत कहां, जो आपको बयां करें? Mere words could never describe #DilipKumar saab.” Fashion Designer Manish Malhotra writes “RIP THE LEGEND DILIPSAAB 🙏His Life has been A Suhana Safar at the movies . An institution in Acting from Andaz , Aan to Devdas to the iconic Mughaleazam to Shakti he has been phenomenal in each and every film . His Talent to his style to his language and to his knowledge and incredible performances all of it has been legendary and memorable . #dilipkumar the iconic actor and a favourite will be remembered , missed and Loved Forever 🙏”
Rahul Gandhi shares his condolences
My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends & fans of Dilip Kumar ji.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 7, 2021
His extraordinary contribution to Indian cinema will be remembered for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/H8NDxLU630
There are numerous heartfelt sincere condolences and prayers for Dilip Saab from all over the country. Let’s take a look on his life journey…
From Yusuf Khan to Dilip Saab, a suhana safar…
Ude jab jab zulfein teri, jab pyaar kia toh darna kya and many more songs have been given life by the veteran actor Dilip Kumar himself. Dilip Kumar’s real name was Mohammed Yusuf Khan, he was the one who introduced method acting into Bollywood. He’s popularly entitled as “The Tragedy King” and “The First Khan”, although he didn’t use his real name in the industry; instead he used a stage name by which he’s still known, Dilip Kumar. Out of respect he is often referred as Dilip Saab or Dilip Saheb.
He made his debut in the year 1944, Jwar Bhata, a Bombay Talkies production. His career spans over 5 decades, thats more than 50 years! Dilipa Kumar has starred in over 65 movies. Although in 1976 he took a 5 year long break from the industry, and later on made a comeback in 1981 with his film Kranti. Dilip Saab’s last movie was Quila, in 1998.
A Tragic Love Story in Real Life? Or a Happily Ever After?
Dilip Kumar was in a long term relationship with legendary and beautiful actress Madhubala. But the duo never tied the knot and later on Dilip ji allegedly fell for Vyjanthimala. Although they are only considered as rumours as the duo never made any official statement. In 1966, Dilip Saab went on to tie the knot with Saira Bano, raising a lot of eyebrows because of their age gap.
Saira Bano is 22 years younger than Dilip Saab, but as they say age is just a number. It was Saira Bano who took care of Dilip Kumar till his last breathe, she was and always have been their for him; even though he married Asma Sahiba in 1981, taking her as his second wife. But Dilip Ji and Asma ended their marriage in 1983.
Dilip Kumar’s Family
Its saddening to lose your family one by one, until no one except for you is left. Dilip Kumar lost one his brothers, Nasir Khan in 1974. He lost his two more younger brothers in the Covid-19 Pandemic. Aslam Khan at the age of 88 in August 2020, and Ehsan Khan at 90 in September 2020. Now it was only Saira Bano and him left for each other, but Dilip ji’s health was also deteriorating.
The couple don’t have any children, and the reason was stated by Dilip Ji in his autobiography. Saira had complications during her pregnancy in 1992, which led to the death of the child in her womb. Accepting it as the God’s will, they never tried for a child again.
We hope and pray for Saira Bano as well, for her to stay strong during this tough time. Rest in Peace Dilip Kumar Saab.