Today, the entire subcontinent has woken up to the tragic news of Dilip Kumar’s demise. The legendary actor’s family friend Faisal Farooqui announced on his Twitter, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return.”
Thereby, it is indeed a sad day for cinema in India and Pakistan as everyone mourns the passing of one of the last surviving stars of the Hindi film industry's 'Golden Age', which lasted from 1940 to 1960. Mohammed Yusuf Khan, known professionally as Dilip Kumar, was suffering from age-related health complications. He was 98-years-old. Popularly known as the ‘Tragedy King’ of Bollywood, Kumar was a remarkable method actor who could not be confined to genres.
A legend par excellence, Kumar had proved his mettle in comedies, dramas, romance among others, in a career spanning over five decades. Now, actors, film personalities and even politicians from both India and Pakistan are taking to social media to honour his legacy and offer their condolences to his bereaved family.
Actor Imran Abbas has shared an anecdote from when he and his family visited Kumar in India. He went on to lament, “I can’t comprehend my feelings of losing an institution, a legend, the epitome of stardom and kindness and the biggest star the subcontinent could ever produce – someone who ruled the hearts of three generations for more than seven decades.”
Singer Ali Zafar tweeted, “A purist par excellence and a man who will continue to inspire generations to come. A human being so sophisticated and refined that chapters could be written on the cadence of each line he spoke. End of an era that will nonetheless remain timeless.”
A purist par excellence. A man who will continue to inspire generations to come. A human being so sophisticated and refined that chapters could be written on the cadence of each line he spoke. End of an era that will nonetheless remain timeless. #DilipKumar #RestInPeace pic.twitter.com/UOczeoOl92— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) July 7, 2021
While veteran actor Simi Raheel shared on her Instagram, “Dilip Kumar or Yusuf Khan was the first most powerful Khan of Indian cinema. I was a little girl when I went with my grandmother to a cinema in Lahore to watch Devdas. That was my first introduction to Dilip Kumar. I remember being mesmerised by his looks, his presence and his voice. That was when I realised the magic of the silver screen. He was and will remain a giant, a king of #Indiancinema . May Allah grant him Jannnat.
Actors Samina Peerzada, Reema Khan, Usman Mukhtar, Yasir Hussain, Sara Loren and Kubra Khan also mourned his demise on their social media.
RIP Dilip Kumar the king of acting.Ah memories— Samina Peerzada (@SaminaSays) July 7, 2021
Bollywood, on the other hand, is quite literally in tears. Anupam Kher shared an entire video to remember the times he spent with Kumar sahab on his Twitter. "There will always be a part of Dilip Kumar in every Indian actor," he wrote. While Shahid Kapoor added, "We are nothing but versions of Dilip Kumar."
The legend lives on!! There is and there will always be a part of #DilipKumar Saab in every Indian actor for generations to come! His performances were like magic. Thank you Sir for those amazing moments i could spend with you! You taught me so much about life, living & acting! pic.twitter.com/edlguQez9i— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) July 7, 2021
We are all nothing but versions of you Dilip Saab. Every actor has studied you in awe. Wondering how you did it all. You were as close to PERFECT as it can get. As you return to your spiritual home. The prayers of millions are with you. pic.twitter.com/nMY6TAgv9N— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) July 7, 2021
T 3958 -" 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 7, 2021
An epic era has drawn curtains... Never to happen again..
🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏" ~ s
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' ..— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 7, 2021
My duas for peace of his soul and the strength to the family to bear this loss .. 🤲🤲🤲
Deeply saddened .. 🙏
To the world many others may be heroes. To us actors, he was The Hero. #DilipKumar Sir has taken an entire era of Indian cinema away with him.— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 7, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Om Shanti 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/dVwV7CUfxh
I must have been all of 4 yrs old whn i saw my 1st stampede.. @TheDilipKumar had walked into a wedding reception,the guests went mad, especially the women,the stage broke! there was hysteria.#LEGEND.. my deepest condolences to #Sairaji n his family.His legacy continues— TheFarahKhan (@TheFarahKhan) July 7, 2021
Adieu Dilip Saab . Unknown to you I have been your Eklavya.Thank you for the movies.Thank you for the language . Thank you for the dignity . Thank you for being socially responsible.Thank you🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/P5UeMUOQ8t— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) July 7, 2021
I am so heartbroken by d news that the ‘King of Cinema’ DILIP KUMAR has passed away.— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) July 7, 2021
I admired him as an actor & respected him as he was my fathers first cousin frm Peshawar. Therefore I called him Yusuf ‘Lala’. He was very loving to me.
‘Khuda Paiman Lala jan’.🤲#DilipKumar pic.twitter.com/37RbzFb9EP
Rip legend. Truly an end of an era pic.twitter.com/pO5aoiF4zd— VarunDhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 7, 2021
A legend passes away, a gap that can never be filled, A true Giant ,a kind loving soul to the very end. #DilipKumar Omshanti 🙏🏻🕉🙏🏻— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) July 7, 2021
Shared many moments with the legend...some very personal, some on stage. Yet, nothing really prepared me for his passing away. An institution, a timeless actor. Heartbroken.— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) July 7, 2021
Deepest condolences to Sairaji🙏🏼#DilipKumar pic.twitter.com/Il8qaMOOhf
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