Legendary actor Dilip Kumar died early on 7 July 2021 at the age of 98 after a long and protracted illness in Mumbai.
He is survived by his wife Saira Banu, a veteran actor herself.
About Dilip Kumar:
Mohammed Yusuf Khan, known professionally as Dilip Kumar, is an Indian actor, film producer and philanthropist, best known for his work in Hindi cinema.
Referred as “The First Khan”, he has been credited for bringing a distinct form of method acting technique to the cinema.
He holds the record for most wins for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor and was also the inaugural recipient of the award.
He debuted as an actor in the film Jwar Bhata (1944), produced by Bombay Talkies.
Dilip Kumar’s career spanned over six decades and was known for his iconic roles in movies like Devdas (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Ganga Jamuna (1961), Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Kranti (1981), Shakti (1982), Mashaal (1984), Karma (1986), Saudagar (1991) and ‘Karma’ (1986).
His last film was Qila (1998).
Dilip Kumar was bestowed with the following Honours:
In 2015, India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, for his contributions towards Indian cinema
In 2000–2006, Elected to Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament.
In 1994, he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award
In 1991, India’s third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, for his contributions towards Indian cinema
In 1979–1982, He was appointed as the Sheriff of Bombay by the Governor of Maharashtra, India for the period
In 1998, Government of Pakistan honoured him with its highest civilian honour, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence).
Till 2000s Kumar was the only actors to have won 8 Filmfare Best Actor Awards until his record was shared by Shahrukh Khan by mid 2000s.