Indian film legend Dilip Kumar dies at 98 Bollywood News


Kumar, whose real name was Mohammad Yusuf Khan, died in the western city of Bombay.

Dilip Kumar, one of the most iconic actors in Indian cinema during his golden age from the 1940s to the 1960s, has died in the western city of Bombay, his family said. He was 98 years old.

“With heavy heart and deep pain, I announce the death of our beloved Dilip Saab, a few minutes ago,” Faisal Farooqui posted on Kumar’s official Twitter on Wednesday.

The veteran actor is survived by his wife Saira Banu, a former Bollywood actress.

Kumar starred in some of the most iconic and successful films of Indian cinema, including Mughal-e-Azam, Devdas, Naya Daur, Ram Aur Shyam and Madhumati.

The actor was born Mohammad Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922 in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. His screen name was suggested by Devika Rani, who released him in his first film Jwar Bhata in 1944.

Beginning as a fruit seller, Kumar struggled with initial failure and family disapproval to become one of Bollywood’s most accomplished and respected movie stars.

Nicknamed “The King of Tragedy”, with his beautiful look, curly hair and deep voice, he enjoyed a career of more than 50 years and nearly 60 films.

But he lost international fame after turning down the opportunity to play Sherif Ali in the 1962 David Lean classic Lawrence of Arabia. The part was for an Egyptian actor Omar Sharif.

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