Iconic India actor Dilip Kumar dies at 98.

Dilip Kumar, one of India’s first and most popular film actors, has died in Mumbai at the age of 98.

True story, Kumar has appeared in more than 65 films for more than five decades, playing roles ranging from comedy to comedy.

He was hospitalized on June 30 after complaining of shortness of breath. He had been ill for months.

Kumar is survived by his wife, Saira Banu, himself a voice actor. The couple has no children.

His funeral will be held at 5:00 pm local time (11:30 GMT). Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the funeral would be held in honor of the government.

Mr Thackeray and several Voice voices along with Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor visited Kumar’s family to offer their condolences.

Respect is pouring in on social media for a famous actor – politicians, Sound stars and even historians have tweeted.

Dilip Kumar was born Yusuf Khan in December 1922 in Peshawar – in present-day Pakistan – before the division of India.

Like others of his Islamic time, he took the Hindu name – Dilip Kumar – when he joined the Indian film industry.

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He played his first match in 1944 at Jwaar Bhata, but it was Andaz’s 1949 song that made him famous. A successful love triangle also featured Nargis and Raj Kapoor, who have become famous actors.

Kumar biographer Lord Meghnad Desai compares him to the famous Marlon Brando of Hollywood or Italian legend Marcello Mastroianni.

“Dilip Kumar was undoubtedly the best Indian cinematic actor to produce. There are stars, some bigger than him, but no better actor. He was the best horror actor of his time but he was also successful. In humor,” he told the BBC.

Some of his films – Mela, Naya Daur, Ganga Jumna, Devdas and Mughal-e-Azam – have become popular and have won over fans.

Kumar tried a variety of roles, including a villager, an escaped urban man, a Bengali gentleman, and a terrifying hero, before resuming old duties in the 1970s, Desai said.

“Beyond his film list and popularity in his box office, Dilip Kumar has shown India’s political and social change through his films,” he said. “As independent India grew, prospered, faced challenges and faced challenges, the responsibilities of Dilip Kumar told the story as it unfolded.

Kumar has received prestigious film awards and two major Indian national awards.

He married Saira Banu in 1966 – the two starred in several film stars together. Kumar last appeared in a movie in 1998.

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