New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed deep grief over the passing away of legendary actor Dilip Kumar.
President Kovind said the versatile actor summarised in himself a history of emerging India.
“The thespian’s charm transcended all boundaries, and he was loved across the subcontinent. With his demise, an era ends. Dilip Saab will live forever in the heart of India. Condolences to family and countless fans,” Mr Kovind wrote on Twitter.
Mohammed Yusuf Khan, popularly known as Dilip Kumar, 91, passed away at Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital earlier in the morning after suffering from years of age-related ailments.
Prime Minister Modi said the actor 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,’ he tweeted.
Union Home Minister too expressed similar sentiments over Kumar’s demise. Mr Shah described his death as a loss to the Indian cinema. “Shri Dilip Kumar Ji was a veritable legend of the silver screen, in him, Indian Cinema has lost one of the greatest actors. He has entertained generations of cinema lovers with his incredible acting and iconic roles. My sincerest condolences to Dilip Ji’s family and followers,” he said.
Considered as one of the greatest actors in the history of Hindi cinema, Kumar was facing multiple health-issues for the past few weeks. On July 5, Kumar’s family shared an update on his Twitter handle, assuring that the actor was stable and improving, however, earlier today they announced his demise.