KARACHI: PM Imran Khan took to the twitter, to register his condolence on the demise of Dilip Kumar, who passed away today (7th July) at the age of 98 in Mumbai.
“Saddened to learn of Dilip Kumar’s passing. I can never forget his generosity in giving his time to help raise funds for SKMTH when project launched. This is the most difficult time – to raise first 10% of the funds & his appearance in Pak & London helped raise huge amounts. Apart from this, for my generation Dilip Kumar was the greatest and most versatile actor,” PM Tweeted.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi stated: “Dilip Kumar Ji will be remembered as a cinematic legend. He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. His passing away is a loss to our cultural world. Condolences to his family, friends and innumerable admirers. RIP.”
Actor Amitabh Bachchan, who was one of the numerous members of the film fraternity who attended his funeral at Mumbai’s Juhi Qabarastan, maintained: “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 …”
Dilip Kumar (born Muhammad Yusuf Khan in Peshawar), one of the most respected actors was known for his roles as a tragic hero. His career spanned over six decades during which he starred in sixty movies. Andaz, Aan, Azaad, Mughal-e-Azam and Dev Das are reckoned as his Chef d’Oeuvres. Dilip Kumar was married to Saira Banu and the couple starred in a number of movies together including Sagina, Mahato, Chhoti Bahu and Duniya.
While he was bestowed upon Nishan-e-Pakistan in 1992 by President of Pakistan, Indian government awarded him Padma Bhashan a year earlier.
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