Tributes have been pouring in from all sections of society for legendary actor Dilip Kumar who passed away this morning after prolonged illness at a hospital in Mumbai.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed anguish on the demise of the veteran actor. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, Dilip Kumar summarised in himself a history of emerging India.
In a tweet, Vice President Naidu said, in the death of Dilip Kumar, the world of cinema has lost one of the greatest Indian actors.
Prime Minister Modi said, Dilip Kumar will be remembered as a cinematic legend. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, he was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, the whole country and the world is mourning the death of the legend actor Dilip Kumar Ji. In a tweet, he said, there can be no comparison with the way in which Dilip Kumar had presented his art.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, Dilip Kumar’s extraordinary contribution to Indian cinema will be remembered for generations to come.
Describing Dilip Kumar as ‘Mahanayak’ of his generation, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari said the actor was the first superstar of Indian cinema.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the late actor’s home to pay his tributes. He said Dilip Kumar was like a shining star who enriched the Indian film industry with his memorable performances.
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar too paid his tributes and offered his condolences to Saira Banu.
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis too expressed his sadness and tweeted his condolences. Recalling Dilip Kumar as a great, versatile person and a legendary actor, Mr. Fadnavis said he had the privilege to honour him with ‘Padma Vibhushan’ at his residence.
Many members of the Hindi film industry have taken to social media to mourn the loss of the legendary actor. Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan wrote that he is deeply saddened by the loss legendary actor Dilip Kumar and that an institution has gone. Bollywood actors Dharmendra, Vidya Balan and Shah Rukh Khan have visited Dilip Kumar’s residence in Mumbai to pay their last respects to the veteran actor.
Dilip Kumar was well known for his roles in Jogan, Babul, Azaad, Tarana, Deedar, Aan, Karma, Footpath, Daag, Devdas and Mughal-e-Azam.
The last rites of the veteran actor will be held with full state honours at Juhu Kabrastan in Santacruz in Mumbai this evening.