Legendary actor Dilip Kumar passes away

President Kovind, Vice President Naidu, PM Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Rahul Gandhi condole the demise of Dilip Kumar

Prime News, National, Bollywood, Cinema, Entertainment, Artiste, Mumbai, July 7:- Legendary actor Dilip Kumar passed away after a prolonged illness in Mumbai on Wednesday (July 7). He was 98.
The actor was admitted to a city hospital last Wednesday after facing breathlessness.
Dilip Kumar made his Hindi film debut in 1944 with the movie ‘Jwar Bhata.’ In a career spanning over six decades, Dilip Kumar gave multiple hits such as ‘Mughal-e-Azam,’ ‘Naya Daur,’ ‘Baabul,’ ‘Deedar,’ ‘Madhumati,’ ‘Devdas,’ ‘Ganga Jamuna,’ ‘Ram Aur Shyam,’ ‘Karma’ and others. Dilip Kumar’s portrayal in various doomed movies earned him the title of ‘tragedy king.’
He was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan award in 1991 for his outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema. Kumar was bestowed with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015.
The government of Andhra Pradesh honoured Kumar with NTR National Award in 1997. The government of Pakistan conferred Kumar with Nishan-e-Imtiaz, the highest civilian award in Pakistan, in 1998.
Condolence messages for the much loved star, whose death truly epitomised the end of an era, poured in from all quarters with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi joining political leaders, the film fraternity and others to express their grief.
President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed anguish on the demise of actor Dilip Kumar. In a tweet, Kovind said, Dilip Kumar summarised in himself a history of emerging India. He said, the thespian’s charm transcended all boundaries and he was loved across the subcontinent. The President said with his demise, an era ends. He said Dilip Saab will live forever in the heart of India. Kovind expressed condolences to the family and countless fans.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has expressed grief on the demise of actor and former Rajya Sabha member Dilip Kumar. In a tweet, Naidu said in the death of Dilip Kumar, the world of cinema has lost one of the greatest Indian actors. He said although known by the sobriquet ‘Tragedy King,’ the legendary thespian was one of the most versatile actors and essayed a variety of roles with equal felicity.
The Vice President said some of his roles in films like ‘Amar,’ ‘Naya Daur,’ ‘Ganga Jamuna,’ ‘Madhumati’ and ‘Ram and Shyam’ remain etched in memory. He said the natural actor is universally seen as an institution in himself and credited with bringing method acting to Indian cinema. Naidu said some of the greatest actors in Hindi cinema acknowledge his immeasurable contribution to their understanding of the varied skills of acting. He said Dilip Kumar’s death has created an irreplaceable void in the field of cinema.
The Vice President expressed condolences to his family members and legions of fans in India and abroad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed grief over the demise of the legendary actor. In a tweet, Modi said Dilip Kumar Ji will be remembered as a cinematic legend.
The Prime Minister said he was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. Modi said his passing away is a loss to our cultural world. He expressed condolences to the family, friends and innumerable admirers of Dilip Kumar.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed anguish on the demise of the legendary actor. In a tweet, Singh said Dilip Kumar was an outstanding actor, a true thespian who was well regarded by everyone for his exemplary contribution to the Indian film industry. The minister said his performances in films like ‘Ganga Jamuna’ touched a chord in millions of cine-goers.
Singh said he had met Dilip Kumar in person when he went to Mumbai to present the Padma Vibhushan to him. He said it was a special moment for him to interact with the legendary actor.
The Defence Minister said his demise is a monumental loss to the Indian cinema. He expressed condolences to family, friends and fans of Dilip Kumar.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday condoled the death of Bollywood icon Dilip Kumar, and said he entertained generations of cinema lovers with his incredible acting and iconic roles.

“Shri Dilip Kumar Ji was a veritable legend of the silver screen, in him, Indian Cinema has lost one of the greatest actors. He has entertained generations of cinema lovers with his incredible acting and iconic roles. My sincerest condolences to Dilip Ji’s family and followers,” Shah tweeted.

Amitabh Bachchan, who co-starred with him in Shakti , send 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 (prayer) for peace of his soul and the strength to the family to bear this loss… Deeply saddened.”

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said Kumar’s extraordinary contribution to Indian cinema will be remembered for generations to come.

Among the many who paid their tributes to the actor, an inspiration for generations of actors to follow, was Subhash Ghai, who worked with him in “Karma” (1986) and “Saudagar” (1991). “Dilip saheb Yusuf bhai gone. My personal loss of my most precious idol. No words,” Ghai tweeted..

“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,” actor Akshay Kumar tweeted.

Sharing a picture with Kumar, actor Ajay Devgn wrote that he was devastated. “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,” Devgn wrote.

Manoj Bajpayee tweeted that Dilip Kumar will always remain irreplaceable. “No One like you! Have a great journey from here on master… Rest in peace,” the “Family Man” actor wrote.

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta called him “the greatest” and wrote, “There will never be another Dilip Kumar. (MR, NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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