Dilip Kumar’s ‘Kranti’ co-star Shatrughan Sinha points out the actor was not conferred with Bharat Ratna

Bollywood's tragedy king Dilip Kumar breathed his last on Wednesday at Mumbai's PD Hinduja Hospital. The 98-year-old actor passed away due to various age-related ailments.

The multiple-award-winning actor's career spanned over more than five decades and during the golden era of Hindi cinema, Dilip Kumar charmed millions of hearts with his performance in more than 65 films.

As scores of celebs and politicians reacted to the actor's demise, Kumar's 'Kranti' co-star and veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha pointed out in an interview with ETimes that the legend was not conferred with the Bharat Ratna.

For those unversed, Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award of the Republic of India.

Among his life of accolades, Dilip Kumar holds the record for winning the maximum number of Filmfare awards.

It was the social drama 'Daag' that won the legendary star his first ever Filmfare Award in the main category of the lead actor, also making him the inaugural recipient of the award at the time of its inception in 1954.

Kumar also won the best actor Filmfare Award eight times. He shared the position with superstar Shah Rukh Khan who also has eight Filmfare Awards to his credit.

In recognition of his contribution to the film industry for over five decades, he was conferred the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. In the same year, he was honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award and was later conferred the Padma Vibhushan in 2015.

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.

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