Monday, Mar 27, 2023

Dilip Kumar Passes Away: India Mourns Its 'Tragedy King'

Dilip Kumar Passes Away: India Mourns Its 'Tragedy King'

Celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, VVS Laxman and others took to Twitter to pay tributes to Dilip Kumar, who died at 98 on Wednesday.

Dilip Kumar

Beloved actor Dilip Kumar, known to generations of cinema-goers as the Bollywood's 'Tragedy King', passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday at the age of 98. The 'Mughal-e-Azam' actor had been ailing with age-related complications for some time and had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai's Khar.

The news broke after family friend Faisal Farooqui took to Kumar's Twitter account and shared the heartbreaking update. 

"With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, a few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him, we return," the tweet read. 

Following the news, Bollywood actors and media persons took to the microblogging site to express their condolences and mourn the loss of one of India's oldest thespians. 

Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to express his condolences and said Kumar was an "institution" in himself and he leaves behind an indelible mark on Indian cinema.

Actor Akshay Kumar tweeted that the legendary actor's passing away has left a huge void in the film industry. 

Actor Ajay Devgn tweeted his condolences.

Cricketer VS Laxman also took to Twitter to pay tribute. 

Another former Indian cricketer, Wasim Jaffer, tweeted his condolences. 

Telugu actor and politician Chiranjeevi condoled the actor's death.  

Boxer and actor Vijender Singh expressed his grief at the passing of the actor whom he addressed as Yusuf Saab.

Academic and historians such as Irfan Habib also expressed grief at the passing of the Nehruvian doyen.

Many other actors also took to social media to pay their tributes. 'Family Man' actor 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. 

Filmmakers Hansal Mehta and Subhash Ghai also remembered Kumar.

Mehta referred to Kumar as one of the "greatest" actors and wrote, "There will never be another Dilip Kumar." Ghai, who worked with  Dilip Kumar in films like "Karma" (1986) and "Saudagar" (1991) said the actor's passing away was the "saddest day" of his life. 

"Dilip saheb Yusuf bhai gone. My personal loss of my most precious idol. No words," Ghai tweeted. 

According to Kumar's doctors, the actor passed away due to prolonged illness at 7.30 am on Wednesday.