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Film industry, political fraternity, fans pay tribute to Dilip Kumar

  • Published at 08:21 am July 7th, 2021
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With Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor, Kumar was one of the three most legendary and marketable actors, who defined the golden age of Indian cinema from the 1940s to the 1960s

Dilip Kumar, one of Bollywood's most iconic and revered actors, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 98, from prolonged illness. His death sparked a wave of tributes rushing in from the film fraternity, politicians, sportspersons and fans.

Kumar, who was born Mohammed Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922, changed his name soon after venturing into the industry to spare himself of his stern father’s criticism.

With Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor, Kumar was one of the three most legendary and marketable actors, who defined the golden age of Indian cinema from the 1940s to the 1960s.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union defence minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to the late actor on twitter.

Union home minister Amit Shah called Dilip Kumar "a veritable legend of the silver screen".

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said, "Dilip Kumar 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."

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "His extraordinary contribution to Indian cinema will be remembered for generations to come.”

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal called the iconic actor’s demise "end of an era". He wrote, "Yusuf Sahab's brilliant acting was like a university in the art world. He will live on in the hearts of all of us. May God place the departed soul at his feet.”

India's opening batsman, Shikhar Dhawan, called him a "genius actor". "An inspiration for generations to come," he twitted. 

Animal rights pressure group PETA India paid tribute to the late icon, saying "animals everywhere have lost a great friend". Kumar had helped enact a ban on the entry of elephants into Mumbai, "sparing them violence and cruelty and ensuring the safety of Mumbai's human residents". 

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