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Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar dies

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Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar succumbed to age-related illnesses on Wednesday, July 7.

Dilip Kumar with his wife Saira Banu.
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar with his wife Saira Banu. Picture: IANS

VETERAN Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar succumbed to age-related illnesses on Wednesday, July 7.

His death was announced on his Twitter page by his trusted friend, Faisal Farooqui.

The 98-year old actor was laid to rest at Juhu Qabarastan in Mumbai, with full state honours the same afternoon.

Known for his elaborate work in Indian cinema spanning more than 50 years, Kumar leaves behind a priceless legacy through his rich contributions to the world of arts and culture.

Kumar made his acting debut in the 1944 film “Jwar Bhata” and appeared in over 65 films throughout his career.

Known as the “Tragedy King” of Bollywood, Kumar never limited himself to any specific genres.

The prolific legend was a part of comedies, dramas and even romance.

His most memorable acting was in films like “Aan”, “Daag”, “Devdas”, “Madhumati”, “Azaad”, “Mughal-e-Azam” and “Gunga Jamuna”, among others.

Fans, friends and fellow colleagues of the film fraternity paid their respects to Kumar on social media.

Legendary actor, Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: “T 3958 – 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 for peace of his soul and the strength to the family to bear this loss .. Deeply saddened”.

While actor Suniel Shetty tweeted: “Today marks the end of an era, as we lost the brightest star of Indian Cinema. You will always live in our hearts Dilip Sahab. Rest in Peace!”

And on Instagram, actor Anil Kapoor wrote: “Our world is a little less bright today because one of our brightest stars has left us for the heavens.

“Dilip Sahab was very close to my father and I had the tremendous honour of sharing screen-space with him in 3 of my most memorable films…He was and will always be the finest & greatest actor of our industry for me…he has inspired generations of artists.

“Rest in peace Dilip Sahab. You remain in our minds and hearts forever…”.