Mumbai: The official Twitter account of late screen icon Dilip Kumar will be closed, family friend Faisal Farooqui said on Wednesday (September 15).
The news comes months after Kumar’s death on July 7 at the age of 98 after a long ailment.
In a tweet on the verified page, Farooqui wrote that he has received Kumar’s wife and veteran actor Saira Banu’s consent to close the account.
“After much discussion and deliberation and with the consent of Saira Banu ji, I hv decided to close this twitter account of beloved Dilip Kumar Saab (sic),” Farooqui said in the post.
“Thank you for your continuous love and support,” he added. Both Farooqui and Saira Banu used the account to share information and keep fans updated about Kumar’s health in the past.
Kumar’s account on the microblogging site has over 619.6k followers. The page was created in November 2011.
The actor had been battling ill health for the last few years, including advanced stage prostate cancer and lung disease, and had been in and out of hospital.
Kumar, often known as the Nehruvian hero, did his first film “Jwar Bhata” in 1944, three years before independence, and his last “Qila” in 1998, 54 years later. The five-decade career included “Mughal-e-Azam“, “Devdas“, “Naya Daur“, and “Ram Aur Shyam“, and later, as he graduated to character roles, “Kranti” and ”Karma”.
The first of the Khans, as he was sometimes referred to, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha for one term, awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan, the Dadasaheb Phalke award and also served as sheriff of Mumbai.
He was also a polyglot, fluent in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Awadhi, Bhojpuri, Marathi, Bengali and English.