Legendary Bollywood actor Yousuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar, popularly known as ‘Emperor of Emotions’, has died at the age of 98 after a long illness.

Dilip Kumar was hospitalized several times in the last few years due to long-term respiratory problems, lung and kidney disease and remained under treatment in the last days of his life.

Dilip Kumar died
Yousuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar meets Khaliq Haqeeqi on July 7 — PC: Twitter

Dilip Kumar was admitted to the hospital for the second time in the same month a week ago on June 30 due to respiratory problems. Earlier, he was also admitted to the hospital in early June and after a week of treatment, he was admitted to the hospital. Later on, he was allowed to go home.

Two weeks ago, Dilip Kumar’s lungs were successfully drained of water, but he still complained of difficulty breathing and due to his longevity, his family decided to hospitalize him.

Dilip Kumar, who has been in hospital for a week, was quoted in his official Twitter handle and in the Indian media as saying that his health was improving, but on the morning of July 7, he met Khaliq Haqiqi.

A brief tweet from Dilip Kumar’s official Twitter handle by his spokesperson Faisal Siddiqui confirmed the demise of ‘Emperor Emotions’ and asked for prayers for his forgiveness.

While fans expressed deep grief over the demise of the legendary actor, Indian and Pakistani politicians, showbiz, and social personalities also expressed deep grief.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over the death of Dilip Kumar while all Bollywood actors including Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Kareena Kapoor also expressed grief.

Keep in mind that Dilip Kumar has been away from all kinds of celebrations for over a decade due to illness and old age.

He was born on December 11, 1922, in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province before the partition of India. His real name was Yousuf Khan and he entered the film world in 1944 at the age of 22 with the film Jawar Bhata.

He was a part of many super hit films like ‘Andaz’, ‘Dagh’, ‘Ram Aur Sham’, ‘Naya Door’, ‘Madhumati’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Aadmi’.

Govt of Pakistan awarded Dilip Kumar in 1988
Dilip Kumar was awarded the award by the government of Pakistan in 1998; PC Twitter

He played various roles in many films but his romantic performance in ‘Mughal Azam’ and his role in ‘Ram and Sham’ were still very much loved today.

The legendary actor has acted in more than 6 dozen films and many of his films are considered to be the everlasting films of Bollywood. He is one of the few showbiz personalities who has left a mark on the golden age of Bollywood with his work. ۔

His last film ‘Qila’ was released in 1998. Dilip Kumar has been awarded Padma Bhushan in 1991, Dada Sahib Phalke in 1994 and Padma Bhushan Award in 2015.

Dilip Kumar was also awarded the Nishan-e-Imtiaz Award by the Government of Pakistan in 1998. He was awarded the award by then-President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar.

Emperor Emotions got married to a beautiful actress Saira Bano on October 11, 1966, when Dilip Kumar was 44 years old and Saira Bano was only 22 years old.

During this time, many people, seeing their age difference, said that the marriage would not last long, but the two proved all the analyzes wrong and they remained in a relationship until the day they died.

Dilip Kumar married Saira Bano in 1966
The two were married in 1966; PC: Twitter

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