In some unfortunate news today, we informed you about veteran actor Dilip Kumar‘s passing. The actor was 98-years-old and passed away after suffering from a prolonged illness.
The legendary actor has been a legacy on his own, with his work being a benchmark of stardom and success. Bollywood came together today to mourn his loss and pay tribute to the man who had such an impact on their lives and careers. Actors like Anupam Kher, Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Balan, Ranbir Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and others visited the veteran actor’s house to pay their respects and meet his grieving wife, Saira Banu. A lot of them also took to social media to share their condolences and thank Dilip Sahab for his contributions to Indian cinema and giving them the courage to dream.
Amitabh Bachchan wrote, “whenever the history of Indian Cinema will be written , it shall always be ‘before Dilip Kumar, and after Dilip Kumar’”.
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Abhishek Bachchan too shared a picture with the legend himself and in his caption, shared an anecdote about how Dilip Sahab was supposed to play his father in his debut film ‘Aakhri Mughal’. But the film never got made and he never got the opportunity to star in a film with someone his father, Amit Ji, considered an idol.
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Akshay Kumar wrote, “To the world many others may be heroes. To us actors, he was The Hero. #DilipKumar Sir has taken an entire era of Indian cinema away with him.”
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Ajay Devgn too shared how his heart was broken and that nothing would have prepared him to face Dilip Sahab‘s loss, whom he has shared screen space with in a few films.
He shared a picture of his with the late actor:
Brothers Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor also took to their social media to fondly remember how their father was very close to him. Anil shared a throwback picture of a very young him and Jackie Shroff with Dilip Sahab and wrote, “He was and will always be the finest & greatest actor of our industry for me,” while Sanjay shared a picture of Dilip Sahab and his father and wrote, “We grew up hearing Yusuf Saab’s stories (that’s how my father used to address him).”
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Shahid Kapoor also shared a long post speaking about how Dilip Sahab has influenced so many actors like himself. He said, “We are all nothing but versions of you Dilip Saab. Every actor has studied you in awe. Wondering how you did it all. You were as close to PERFECT as it can get.”
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Ayushmann Khurrana also shared a lovely clip of a very young Dilip Sahab and shared an anecdote about how his grandmother used to take his father to the theatres to watch Dilip Kumar films without his grandfather getting to know and that Dilip Kumar was ‘considered no less than God in their home’.
Here is what he shared:
Others like Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit Nene, and many others also paid tribute to the icon. Karisma Kapoor shared an iconic picture of her grandfather Raj Kapoor, Dilip Sahab and Dev Anand — considered the legendary trio of their times — as she paid tribute to the late actor.
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The actors from the younger generation like Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter also shared how Dilip Sahab’s films have shaped their understanding of cinema and has had them in awe of him. Farah Khan also shared her experience of seeing Dilip Sahab‘s popularity for the first time and how she was absolutely floored by it.
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Isn’t it so amazing to see how much of a lasting impression Dilip Sahab has had on so many of these actors — right from Amitabh Bachchan to the youngest, Janhvi Kapoor. I guess that is what legends are, no? They will continue to inspire generations to come and live on in every heart they have managed to touch through their work. Rest in power, Dilip Sahab.