India woke up to the sad news of Legend Dilip Kumar’s Demise today. The 98-year old actor is remembered for films like Mughal-e-Azam, Karma, Devdas, Naya Daur, Ganga Jamuna, Saudagar and many more.
From his realistic portrayal of dark characters that earned him the title ‘Tragedy King’, to his noteworthy performances in comic & romantic roles that made him a heartthrob, Dilip Kumar leaves behind a legacy that will keep him alive in the hearts of his countless fans.
The world, today, is collectively mourning the loss of the actor who ruled millions of hearts for decades.
From actors, to sportsperson to political leaders, many took to Twitter and Instagram to pay their respects to the actor.
PM Modi termed his death as a loss to the cultural world. He said that Dilip Kumar was blessed with unparalleled brilliance and will be remembered as a cinematic legend.
Dilip Kumar Ji 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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 7, 2021
Actor Amitabh Bachchan also took to Twitter to express his sorrow and said that “whenever the history of Indian Cinema will be written, it shall always be ‘before Dilip Kumar, and after Dilip Kumar.”
T 3958 – An institution has gone .. 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 .. 🙏
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 7, 2021
Madhuri Dixit shared a throwback picture with the actor and said that Dilip Kumar was a legend who wrote history.
Every now & then some individuals come along who single-handedly alter the present & write history… One such legend was Dilip saab for the world of cinema. pic.twitter.com/30LnjPTmZD
— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) July 7, 2021
Sanjay Dutt too shared a picture with Dilip Kumar as a fond memory and called the actor a father figure.
So many special moments with Dilip Saab… he was like a father figure in my life. A huge loss for the film fraternity and for all of us, we have lost a legend today. My deepest condolences to Sairaji, may God give her strength in this tough time.🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/BJPtYiRgJv
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) July 7, 2021
Dilip Kumar had fans cutting across regions, ages and countries.
While Telugu Superstar Mahesh Babu called him a ‘timeless legend’, veteran actor from Malayalam cinema Mammootty too bid the actor an emotional farewell.
A timeless legend.. His towering brilliance will continue to be an inspiration to actors all around the world. A huge loss for Indian cinema…Rest in peace #DilipKumar Sir. You will be terribly missed 🙏 pic.twitter.com/N2NWjazqKz
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) July 7, 2021
Farewell to the legendary thespian. I’ve been graced by your love and affection every time I’ve met you. Your kindness and words made one feel like your own. Farewell to my all time favourite actor. There’s nobody like you. Before you or after you. #Dilipkumar pic.twitter.com/LI3uB2O8yP
— Mammootty (@mammukka) July 7, 2021
The actor, who was born in Peshawar, was loved across the border too. The tributes from Pakistan are a testimony to that love.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan remembered Dilip Kumar for raising funds for Khan’s trust and went on to call him the ‘greatest’ actor of his generation.
Saddened to learn of Dilip Kumar’s passing. I can never forget his generosity in giving his time to help raise funds for SKMTH when project launched. This is the most difficult time – to raise first 10% of the funds & his appearance in Pak & London helped raise huge amounts.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 7, 2021
Cricketer Shahid Afridi called Dilip Kumar’s death a huge loss for fans across globe.
Indeed to Allah we belong and to Allah we shall return.
A huge loss for Yousuf Khan sahib’s fans from KPK to Mumbai and across the globe. He lives on in our hearts. Deepest condolences to Saira Banu sahiba. #DilipKumar pic.twitter.com/T51NelBl6O
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 7, 2021
Actor Kubra Khan too paid her respects and said that “there will be one more star in the sky tonight”.
Dilip Kumar’s unmatched stature in Indian cinema will continue to inspire generations. Through his unforgettable characters, he will continue to live on forever.