Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, who was popularly known as the tragedy king of Bollywood, passed away on July 7, 2021. The actor was 98 and is survived by his wife, veteran actor Saira Banu.
Doctors said Dilip Kumar suffered from advanced prostate cancer that had spread to other organs of his body. “He had water in pleural cavity, and he suffered a kidney failure.
Dilip Kumar — born Yusuf Khan — was a trendsetter in terms of acting style, and inspired generations of actors across the various streams of Indian cinema. Regarded as one of the greatest actors that India has ever seen, his career spanned over five iconic decades. One of the legends of Golden Age of cinema in India, he was considered a master of understatement, and eschewed the loud and theatrical elements of acting. Dilip Kumar was last seen in the 1998 film Qila.
Dilip Kumar is listed in the Guinness World Records for winning the maximum number of awards by an Indian actor. He was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan award in 1991 for his outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema. Kumar was bestowed with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh honoured Kumar with NTR National Award in 1997. The Government of Pakistan conferred Kumar