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Veteran Bollywood Actor Dilip Kumar Dies At 98

One of India’s earliest and most respected actor Dilip Kumar is dead. Dilip died in Mumbai at the age of 98.Veteran Bollywood Actor Dilip Kumar Dies At 98The veteran actor starred in more than 65 films for nearly five decades. He was admitted to the hospital on 30th June after he complained of breathlessness. He had been frequently ill for months.

Dilip Kumar was born Yusuf Khan in December 1922 in Peshawar, in what is now Pakistan before the partition of India.

Like some of his Muslim contemporaries, he took on a Hindu name Dilip Kumar when he joined the Hindi film industry.

He debuted in 1944 in “Jwaar Bhata” but it was the 1949 hit, “Andaz”, that shot him to fame. The blockbuster love triangle also starred Nargis and Raj Kapoor, who went on to become celebrated actors.

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Kumar’s biographer Lord Meghnad Desai compares him to Hollywood great Marlon Brando or Italian legend Marcello Mastroianni.

“Dilip Kumar was arguably the best actor Indian cinema has produced. There are stars, some even bigger than him, but no better actor. He was the finest tragic actor of his days but also succeeded at comedy.

More than his list of films and his box office popularity, Dilip Kumar reflected India’s political and social evolution through his films. As independent India grew, prospered, ran into difficulties and faced challenges, Dilip Kumar’s roles told the story as it unfolded.” he told the BBC.

Some of his films  “Mela”, “Naya Daur”, “Ganga Jumna”, “Devdas” and “Mughal-e-Azam” were superhits and won him legions of fans.

Dilip Kumar was honoured with prestigious film awards and two of India’s highest civilian awards.

He married Bollywood actress Saira Banu in 1966, the two starred together in several hit films. Kumar last appeared in a film in 1998.


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