Dilip Kumar: The Bollywood world is mourning one of its stars

Dilip Kumar
The Bollywood world mourns one of its stars

Dilip Kumar has shaped Indian cinema.

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Dilip Kumar is dead. The Indian film star died at the age of 98 after a long illness.

Dilip Kumar died at the age of 98. The Indian film star died on Wednesday morning (July 7th) after a long illness in Mumbai, as confirmed by Kumar’s doctor, according to CNN. Also on his official Twitter account announced a family spokesman for Kumar’s death. Numerous stars and personalities have said goodbye to the film legend on social media.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (70) wrote on twitter: “Dilip Kumar Ji will be remembered as a film legend. He was blessed with an unprecedented brilliance and delighted audiences for generations. His death is a loss for our cultural world. My condolences go to his family, friends and innumerable admirers.”

Colleagues say goodbye to their “hero” Dilip Kumar

Actor Amitabh Bachchan (78) also responded on twitter and stated among other things: “An institution has gone … whenever the history of Indian cinema is written, it will always be ‘before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar’.” Colleague Akshay Kumar (53) tweeted: “For the world there may be many other heroes. For us actors he was the hero: Dilip Kumar. He took an entire era of Indian cinema with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Dilip Kumar was born as Yusuf Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan in 1922. He worked as a waiter and fruit seller before he was discovered in 1994. In the 1950s and 1960s he celebrated success with films such as “Andaz”, “Mughal-e-Azam” and “Ganga Jamuna”. His last film was released in 1998. In his career he has received numerous prizes, including the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.