- Dilip Kumar died Wednesday morning in a Mumbai hospital
- Dilip Kumar is survived by his wife Saira Banu
- Tributes to Dilip Kumar poured in from actors of all generations
Dilip Kumar, who has died at the age of 98, was buried with state honors at the Juhu de Santacruz cemetery in Mumbai on Wednesday evening. The funeral was relatively low-key due to COVID restrictions – only family and close friends attended; Most of the actor’s famous colleagues paid their last respects at his residence earlier today. Actor Amitabh Bachchan was among the handful of celebrities who attended Dilip Kumar’s funeral. Amitabh Bachchan was accompanied by his son, actor Abhishek. Mr. Bachchan starred in the 1983 film Shakti. Earlier, Mr Bachchan mourned Dilip Kumar on Twitter, saying: “An epic era has drawn the curtains … Will never happen again.”
Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, who directed Dilip Kumar in the 1991 film Saudagar, attended the funeral with his wife Mukta. Dilip Kumar’s wife Saira Banu, who was pictured at the cemetery, was surrounded by a support group of supporters and police. See photos of Dilip Kumar’s funeral here:
Faisal Farooqui, a family friend of Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, tweeted this clip of the actor draped in the tricolor:
– faisal farooqui (@FAISALmouthshut) July 7, 2021
Dilip Kumar died Wednesday morning after spending a week in Hinduja Hospital. Family friend Faisal Farooqui shared this tweet: “With a heavy heart and deep sorrow, I announce the passing of our beloved Dilip Saab a few minutes ago. We come from God and to Him. we return.” Dilip Kumar is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Saira Banu, who was constantly by the actor’s side during his hospital stay – he was admitted twice in the span of a month after s ‘complaining of shortness of breath.
With a heavy heart and deep sorrow, I announce the passing of our beloved Dilip Saab a few minutes ago.
We come from God and to Him we return. – Faisal Farooqui
– Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) July 7, 2021
Hours after Dilip Kumar’s death, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray tweeted that the actor would have a state funeral. In the afternoon, Uddhav Thackeray visited Dilip Kumar’s wife, Saira Banu, at his residence with his son Aaditya, who tweeted: “We have paid homage to the legend, Dilip Kumar Saheb. He will receive the honors of the state today. “
Payed homage to legend, Dilip Kumar Saheb. He will receive state honors today. pic.twitter.com/eXkZLyjVCR
– Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) July 7, 2021
Dilip Kumar was revered by his peers and younger colleagues. After her death, Saira Banu was visited by several celebrities such as Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi, Ranbir Kapoor and Vidya Balan, among others. ANI news agency shared a heartbreaking moment on Twitter, in which Shah Rukh Khan can be seen consoling Saira Banu.
Meanwhile, social media has been inundated with tributes to Dilip Kumar, remembering the legacy he left. Stars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Dharmendra, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn and Lata Mangeshkar, among others, mourned Dilip Kumar in heartwarming tweets.
Dilip Kumar, born Mohd Yusuf Khan in Peshawar, was best known for his lead roles in films like Madhumati, Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam and Naya Daur over a career spanning more than six decades. Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, who married in 1966, have acted together in films such as Sagina, Mahato, Chhoti Bahu and Duniya. Dilip Kumar received the Padma Bhushan in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994. Dilip Kumar, who was the inaugural winner of the Filmfare Award for Best Actor, won eight Filmfare Awards for Best Actor, a record he shares with Shah Rukh Khan.