Dilip Kumar(Yusuf Khan) born on 11 December 1922 was a legendary actor of the golden age of cinema in India and inspired series of generations in various streams with his style of acting, popularly known as tragedy king of Bollywood. On Wednesday 7 July 2021, he left for heavenly adobe. His funeral will take place at 5 pm in Juhu Qabrastan at Santacruz Mumbai.
Dr. Jalil Parkar, the pulmonologist has treated Dilip Kumar at Mumbai’s PD Hinduja Hospital and was first to confirm his demise. The doctor stated that he had been admitted to the hospital for expressing breathlessness on June 30 and similar symptoms were seen on June 6 as well.
Before he was diagnosed with advanced Prostate cancer, spread over the organ. Bilateral Pleural Effusion, a build-up excess fluid between layers of Pleura outside the lungs and underwent a successful Pleural Aspiration procedure and got discharged after five days.
At the last minute doctor carried a transfusion but it did not work. “Cancer Spread made it difficult”, said the doctor.
He was born in the Qissa Khawani Bazaar area of Peshwar (now Pakistan) to Ayesha Begum and Lal Ghulam Sarwar Khan. Got debuted in films with 1944 Jawar Bhata, did not impress the audience. It was 1947’s Jugnu that grasped his first box office hit and followed by Andaz with Raj Kapoor and Nargis, was the film that made Dilip Kumar popular.
He was the first actor to win the Filmfare Award for best actor in 1954 (won it eight more times), one of the members winning the maximum number of awards, he was honored with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and followed by Padma Vibhushan in 2015.
He was known for his great talent in acting and completed his six memorable decades of the same. Some of his best-known films were Devedaa, Mughal-e-Azam, Gunga Jamuna, Ran aur Sham, Naya Daur, Madhumati, Kranti and Vidhaata Shakti are few of them.
He leaves behind a legacy of films and gave Hindi cinema some prolonged classics. His last significant appearance was in 1998 in the film Qila.