Kumar's official Twitter account confirmed the news by posting,
“With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, a few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him, we return.”
Source: The Hindu.
From Devdas and Andaz to Mughal-e-Azam and Ram Aur Shyam, the actor was absolutely seen in various characters. Tributes to the 'Tragedy King of Bollywood' and his illustrious career that spanned almost over five decades and for the cultural icon who flew in from all quarters, with political figures and film celebrities expressing their condolences.
At 98, due to prolonged illness, leaving behind an incredible legacy of films and movie fans, the actor died. He is survived by his wife, veteran actor Saira Banu.
Dilip Kumar was taken to hospital last Wednesday after complaining of not being able to breathe properly–it was the second time he had been hospitalized in the same month. He was buried with state honors at the Juhu Cemetery in Mumbai's Santacruz on Wednesday evening.
PM Modi tweeted:
“Dilip Kumar ji will be remembered as a cinematic legend. He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. His passing away is a loss to our cultural world. Condolences to his family, friends and innumerable admirers. RIP.”
Dilip Kumar, real name Yusuf Khan, appeared in some Indian 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.
Qila was his last film.