Dilip Kumar’s career as an actor spanned for nearly 6 decades. From his first film ‘Jwar Bhata’ in 1944 to his last film ‘Qila’ in 1998, the actor had delivered legendary performances one after the other. This is probably why his death feels like the end of an era, the end of what can be called the golden age of Hindi cinema.
Dilip Kumar passed away this morning after battling a prolonged illness, reports NDTV. He was 98 and had been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Hinduja Hospital in Bandra.
“He passed away due to prolonged illness at 7.30 am,” said Dr Jalil Parkar, who had been treating the actor.
With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago.
We are from God and to Him we return. – Faisal Farooqui
— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) July 7, 2021
Condolences started pouring in from across the country as people mourned the loss of their favourite ‘Tragedy King’. Several politicians, actors, musicians, etc. offered their sympathies and shared fond memories of the veteran actor. Have a look:
Dilip Kumar summarised in himself a history of emerging India. The thespian’s charm transcended all boundaries, and he was loved across the subcontinent. With his demise, an era ends. Dilip Saab will live forever in the heart of India. Condolences to family and countless fans.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 7, 2021
— Mukti Mohan (@thisIsMukti) July 7, 2021
We’ve lost a giant today !
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) July 7, 2021
T 3958 – An institution has gone .. whenever the history of Indian Cinema will be written , it shall always be 'before Dilip Kumar, and after Dilip Kumar' ..
My duas for peace of his soul and the strength to the family to bear this loss .. 🤲🤲🤲
Deeply saddened .. 🙏
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 7, 2021
My mother and I have together watched his movies ! loved and adored him!!
End of an era! That persona ,Those eyes , talent of thst magnitude.. @TheDilipKumar you left us a legacy !! RIP Yusuf saab. I’ll never forget watching naya daur sitting next to him!
— Divya Dutta (@divyadutta25) July 7, 2021
What a glorious life, an inspiration for a million artistes, skilled at his craft before it was even a thing #DilipSahab your command on performance will stay a benchmark for actors. You live on in the hearts of everyone in your country & beyond #RIP #thespian#alltimefavourite pic.twitter.com/CoXVV3NpZU
— Tisca Chopra (@tiscatime) July 7, 2021
— Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) July 7, 2021
Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Naushad, SD Burman, Madan Mohan, Shankar-Jaikishan, OP Nayyar, Shakeel Badayuni, Shailendra, Sahir, Kaifi, Majrooh….everything in Indian cinema flowed from there….
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 7, 2021
The thespian. Dilip Kumar, 1922-2021. The first film I ever saw was with my mother at Hind theatre, Kolkata. Insaniyat with Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Bina Rai. All three, now gone. The warmest of people. The richest of memories. pic.twitter.com/t6n4pBxMJn
— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) July 7, 2021
Indeed to Allah we belong and to Allah we shall return.
A huge loss for Yousuf Khan sahib's fans from KPK to Mumbai and across the globe. He lives on in our hearts. Deepest condolences to Saira Banu sahiba. #DilipKumar pic.twitter.com/T51NelBl6O
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 7, 2021
To the world many others may be heroes. To us actors, he was The Hero. #DilipKumar Sir has taken an entire era of Indian cinema away with him.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Om Shanti 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/dVwV7CUfxh
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 7, 2021
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) July 7, 2021
Shared many moments with the legend…some very personal, some on stage. Yet, nothing really prepared me for his passing away. An institution, a timeless actor. Heartbroken.
Deepest condolences to Sairaji🙏🏼#DilipKumar pic.twitter.com/Il8qaMOOhf
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) July 7, 2021
— Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) July 7, 2021
One of the greatest actors the world has ever known has left us. A giant tree has fallen. I pray for the soul of legend #DilipKumar sahab. I also pray today's generation learns about and celebrates him. He is forever. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/UKetoz8KIM
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) July 7, 2021
— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) July 7, 2021
Rest in peace, Legend.