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 year 1966 marked the legendary actor's marriage with the then Bollywood diva Saira Banu who was 22 years younger than him.
Before marrying Saira Banu, Dilip Kumar had been in a relationship with the queen of elegance Madhubala. He was also linked with Bollywood beauties like Kamini Kaushal and Vyjayanthimala.
Lovingly known as Dilip Saab, he was one of the most sought-after celebrities by women.
It is said his popularity amongst women was so immense that they used to stand in front of his car, wishing to be run over.
The person behind Dilip and Saira, who brought them closer was Saira Banu’s mother Naseem Banu, who played a role of cupid.
Later, he proposed to her while she was shooting for “Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan”.
On the day of his engagement, a girl from the industry, who was his supposed girlfriend, reportedly took sleeping pills.
Dilip Kumar had to make her understand that he was in love with Saira Banu. It was only after she was pacified that he returned to his engagement ceremony.
Dilip Kumar was a flame carrier who took Bollywood to heights it had never been before. Living many lives in a lifetime, his persona could never be replaced by anyone else.
Poetry and poise are the words that are synonymous with the name Dilip Kumar. No other actor has spent such a long life in the public eye and yet retained an everlasting positive image in the mind of the audiences.
One of the early stars of Bollywood, he rose to a level of prominence never achieved in Indian cinema before. A role model for many, a star, a legend, and the king of the golden era of cinema, Dilip Kumar has left behind a legacy for many acting enthusiasts to enjoy and learn from.
The news of his demise has left a void in the hearts of many, including several Bollywood celebs of yesteryears and the present generation.
With inputs from ANI