Legendary Bollywood Actor Dilip Kumar Passes Away Aged 98
Mumbai, July 7 (TNA) Legendary film actor Dilip Kumar passed away on Wednesday around 7:30 am at a medical facility in Mumbai. He was 98. Inspiring several generations of actors including the likes of Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.
He had ailing for many years now and was in and out of the hospitals in the past few months. Dilip Kumar was first taken to hospital on June 6 and was put on oxygen support and stable. Politician Sharad Pawar was photographed visiting him.
Dilip Kumar, real name Yusuf Khan, appeared in some of Indian cinema's most iconic and landmark films including Naya Daur, Mughal-e-Azam, Devdas, Ram Aur Shyam, Andaz, Madhumati and Ganga Jamuna.
Film lore has it that he rejected the role of Sherif Ali in David Lean's Lawrence Of Arabia, eventually played by Omar Sharif. Dilip Kumar's career spanned several decades, starting in the '40s. He transitioned from playing the romantic-tragic lead to character roles from the '80s on, in films such as Kranti, Shakti, Karma and Saudagar. 1998's Qila was his last film.