Dulquer Salmaan shared how the late legendary actor was his father’s ‘absolute favourite’
Legendary actor Dilip Kumar’s passing on June 7 has surely left a void in Indian cinema. On Wednesday, Malayalam superstar Mammootty and son Dulquer Salmaan shared heartfelt notes on the actor’s demise and how he had influenced their lives.
Bidding farewell to the “legendary thespian”, Mammootty wrote on his social media page, how he was graced by Dilip Kumar’s love and affection every time they met, and how the stalwart of Indian cinema had made the Malayalam megastar feel like his own with his kindness. “Farewell to my all-time favourite actor. There’s nobody like you. Before you or after you,” wrote Mammootty, sharing a photo of the duo together from a function decades ago.
Dulquer too shared a poignant note on his social media pages, bidding adieu to the iconic actor, who had starred in films such as Mughal-E-Azam, Gunga Jamuna, Devdas, Azad and Andaz.
The Bangalore Days star wrote how his father and he had only recently talked about Dilip Kumar. “You are someone he loves immensely. Both as an actor and as a person. He said there isn’t a more charming actor or a sweeter man than Dilip Saab,” wrote Dulquer, adding that he didn’t want the note to be in past tense.
Dulquer also shared how his father admired Dilip Kumar. Pointing out the late actor’s courtesy, the Ustad Hotel star wrote, “If you ever spotted him, whether at an event or even abroad shopping, you would always make it a point to send for him. And then you would enquire about him and give him your love and your time.”
The actor further stated that Dilip Kumar was his father’s “absolute favourite”. “I love you for how much my father loves you. You were his own,” concluded Dulquer.
Malayalam superstar Mohanlal also shared a message on his social media page of how Dilip Kumar was the doyen of Indian cinema and he will “forever be remembered”.
Dilip Kumar passed away at a hospital in Mumbai at the age of 98 due to age-related illness. He was admitted to the hospital a week ago due to breathlessness. His final rites were performed on Wednesday evening in a State funeral. Tributes poured in from celebs across film industries for the iconic actor, who made his debut in 1944 with Jwar Bhatta and went on to define Indian cinema during the Golden Era. His final movie was Qila in 1998.