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.
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)