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Dilip Kumar passes away: Amitabh Bachchan remembers his ‘idol’; says ‘epic era has drawn curtains’

Bollywood’s ‘Tragedy King’ and ‘The First Khan’– Dilip Kumar on Wednesday breathed his last at a Mumbai hospital after prolonged illness. He was 98.

Dilip Kumar had been admitted to the ICU of the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai and passed away at 0730 hrs this morning. Born as Mohammed Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922, in Peshawar, he debuted as an actor in the film ‘Jwar Bhata’. Dilip Kumar is known for roles in films ‘Andaz’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, ‘Ganga Jamuna’, ‘Ram Aur Shyam’ among others.

He married actress Saira Bano in 1966. He has been credited for bringing a distinct form of method acting technique to cinema. Dilip Kumar holds the record for most wins for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

The social media is flooded with the condolences messages for the legendary actor. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan took to his social media handle and shared a heartwarming picture with the late actor. He also remembered Dilip Kumar saying, “an epic era has drawn curtains”.

“My idol Dilip Saheb .. lost .. never before never after .. ‘an epic era has drawn curtains .. never to happen again’ Peace and duas..,” Amitabh said in his post. 

“An institution has gone .. whenever the history of Indian Cinema will be written , it shall always be ‘before Dilip Kumar, and after Dilip Kumar’ .. My duas for peace of his soul and the strength to the family to bear this loss ..Deeply saddened,” he added.

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His funeral will take place at 1700 hrs in Juhu Qabrastan at Santacruz Mumbai, with full state honour. 

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