Raj Babbar called the legendary actor his childhood hero and sole inspiration
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar was hailed as a cinematic legend by Prime Minister Narendra Modi post his demise on Wednesday morning. The legendary actor took his last breath at the age of 98. The heartbreaking news of his demise was shared by the actor’s family friend Faisal Farooqui, who announced it from Dilip Saab’s Twitter handle and wrote, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return(sic).”
Soon after that, Amitabh Bachchan tweeted a heartfelt message and said that with Dilip Kumar, an institution has gone. He further added that “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.”
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Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan worked together in Ramesh Sippy’s film Shakti. Both of them were nominated for the Best Actor award, while the former won it for the film.
Meanwhile, actor Ajay Devgn also shared a tweet and said that he was not prepared for the passing away of the legendary actor. He also offered his deepest condolences to Saira Banu. “An institution, a timeless actor. Heartbroken,” the actor mentioned in the caption.
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Veteran actor Raj Babbar said in an Instagram post that Dilip Kumar has been his childhood hero and sole inspiration for him to get into films. The actor also shared a video song featuring the former star.
The actor lived a long prosperous life and his dialogue from the film Sangdil (1952) out of many, became immensely popular and is still used as a quote.
While his famous lines from Devdas became one of the reasons for the success of the 1955 film.
Salman Khan also shared an old picture of him with the icon on Twitter and said that Indian cinema has never seen and will never see an actor like Dilip Kumar.
Dilip Kumar’s quotes from his super hit historical film Mughal-E-Azam are the most memorable ones.
Meanwhile, actor Farhan Akhtar also shared a post on his social media handle and said that it’s a sad day for the Hindi film industry as well as the fans across the world.
A number of Bollywood celebs including Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Vidya Balan, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Ranbir Kapoor, Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi, Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan among others arrived at the late actor’s residence to pay their respects. Wrapped in Tricolour, the remains of the veteran actor were laid to rest with full state honours at the Santacruz crematorium in Mumbai on Wednesday evening. A sea of fans gathered and accompanied the actor on his last journey.