Veteran actor Dilip Kumar passed away on Wednesday morning after a prolonged illness. His family and the doctors treating him gave this information. He was 98 years old. He was admitted to Hinduja Hospital on Tuesday. He was in ICU. There is a wave of mourning in the country since the news of the death of Dilip Kumar, popularly known as 'Tragedy King' in Bollywood. Political personalities including President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, and Rahul Gandhi paid tribute to him.
President Ram Nath Kovind said, 'Dilip Kumar has summarized the history of emerging India in itself. The actor's charm crossed all boundaries and he was loved by the entire subcontinent. An era has come to an end with his death. Dilip sahib will always be alive in the heart of India. Condolences to the family and their countless fans.
Prime Minister Modi said, 'Dilip Kumar ji will be remembered as a cinematic legend. He was blessed with unparalleled talent, due to which the audience was enthralled for generations. His passing is a loss to our cultural world. Condolences to his family, friends and countless fans.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, "Shri Dilip Kumar ji was an outstanding actor who was well appreciated by all for his exemplary contribution to the Indian film industry. His acting in films like Ganga Jamuna impressed millions of cine-lovers. I am deeply saddened by his death. I met Dilip Kumar ji personally when I went to Mumbai to present him the Padma Vibhushan. It was a special moment for me to interact with the great actor. His death is an irreparable loss to Indian cinema. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted, 'My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of Dilip Kumar ji. His extraordinary contribution to Indian cinema will be remembered for generations to come.
Dharmendra Pradhan said, "Condoling the demise of Shri Dilip Kumar, a dignitary of Hindi cinema. Enchanting audiences with impressive roles over six decades, Dilip Kumar was one of India's finest film actors. The loss of this talent has caused a great loss to the world of cinema. Prayers to his family and fans.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, 'India has today lost one of its great sons, a great artist and an extraordinary actor~ Dilip Kumar Saheb. I deeply mourn his passing and remember the indelible contribution he has made to Indian cinema. heartfelt condolences.'
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, 'The country has lost one of its biggest legends. An era came to an end with the death of Dilip Kumar. Dilip sahib will be immortal with his art.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "Shocked at the passing of a lighthouse in the cinema. Deeply saddened to learn about the passing of veteran actor Dilip Kumar ji. His unique style of acting will remain among the cine-lovers for generations. My heartfelt condolences to Saira Banu, her family and millions of fans.