After Dilip Kumar breathed his last in Mumbai on Wednesday, veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra, who both shared screen space with the legend, paid him tribute, and extended condolences to the late star's wife and actor Saira Banu.
Following the visit, Dharmendra took to Twitter and shared a picture of him beside Kumar and revealed what Saira Banu said to him.
He wrote, “Saira ne jab kaha. “Dharam, dekho Sahab ne palak jhapki hai” Dosto, jaan nikal gai meri. Maalik mere pyaare bhai ko jannat naseeb kare. Dosto, mujhe dikhwa nahin aata lekin main apne jazbaat par qaaboo bhi nahin paata. Apne samajh ke kah jaata hoon…”
Dharmendra was seen folding his hands in a namaste to the paparazzi clicking his pictures as he left.
Speaking about the actor's demise, Dharmendra told ANI, "I have lost my brother today. I will live with his memories in my heart."
Dharmendra has shared the screen with Dilip Kumar in the Bengali film "Paari" and its Hindi remake "Anokha Milan".
Just two days ago, Saira Banu had tweeted about his improving medical condition, since her husband had been keeping unwell recently. But that was a short-lived glimmer of hope as he later passed away, on Wednesday morning at the P.D. Hinduja Hospital, where he had been admitted.
After learning about the demise of Dilip Kumar, several members from the Indian political and film fraternity paid their condolences. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, mourned the death of Dilip Kumar.
Kumar was laid to rest in a suburban cemetery amid full state honours. Dilip Kumar's body was kept at his Bandra home a few hours for people to pay their last respects even as huge crowds assembled outside to catch a glimpse of the legendary star before his final journey.
Among those who visited and condoled his wife Saira Banu Khan were Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Johny Lever, and Anupam Kher.
Later, his body was ceremonially draped in the national Tricolour by a Mumbai Police contingent, and taken in procession to the Juhu Muslim Cemetery with scores of people lined up on both sides of the roads to bid a tearful adieu.